Welcome back to our weekly Embroidery block to accompany our Stitchery Sampler Sew Along. If you would like info on previous blocks, our supplies or general start and embroidery info, scroll back to the previous embroidery posts. The easiest way to do that is to search the word “embroidery” in our search box.
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THE ZIGZAG BLOCK
This week we chose to represent the Zig Zag Block with the Blanket Stitch (or Buttonhole Stitch). We thought it did a great job of replicating the effect of the zig-zag and gave us a new stitch to add to our sampler.
Sophie and I both stitched our squares using four strands of embroidery floss but did a few things differently. Sophie is stitching on the “Bark Cloth” which is a more textured fabric. She opted to make her stitches bigger, both in height and width to stand out on her fabric. I opted to keep my stitches smaller, and a more uniform height and width for my cotton fabric. We liked the look of both!
The Blanket Stitch was familiar to me, and I sewed my square without the aid of the video tutorial, however it was Sophie’s first time experimenting with the stitch.
I was able to switch the direction around and do the stitch backward more like the version shown on the pattern download. Sophie was more comfortable following along and stitching it in an “L” shape, as shown in the video tutorial we watched. I also preferred using the “sewing method” to scoop my stitches, whereas Sophie greatly preferred using a hoop and the “stab” method.
Here is a good video for this stitch:
Blanket/Buttonhole Stitch Video Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3q3H5bnf8
Guide of Stitches So Far:
Week 1: Back Stitch with 3 strands and French Knots
Week 2: Granitos with 3 strands
Sashing: Stem Stitch with 3 strands
Week 3: Herringbone Stitch with either 6 or 4 strands [see above]
Week 4: Lazy Daisy Stitch and French Knots with 3 strands
Week 5: Colonial Knot [or French Knot] with 4 strands
Week 6: Chain Stitch with Lazy Daisy with 4 strands
Week 7: Lattice Fill Stitch with 4 or 6 strands
Week 8: Fly Stitch with 4 strands
Week 9: Chain Stitch with all 6 strands
Week 10: Blanket/ Buttonhole Stitch with 4 strands
HERE ARE SOME GREAT VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PREVIOUS STITCHES:
Granitos Stitch: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=128&v=Cysb2KK29dA&feature=youtu.be
Herringbone Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JyFBXtsO34&t=4s
Lazy Daisy (petal formation)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmYvBZhUkrI
Lazy Daisy (for connecting the petals)… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pYtAKpRlTM&t=8s
Chain Stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3q3H5bnf8
Each week we will share what stitches we have chosen and show you our progress and Sophie’s too!
Stitching samples and photos by Susan Vaughan.