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 DASH BLOCK
Sophie and I experimented with a few stitches for this week. We looked at doing a simple running stitch, making our stitches bigger with a fill stitch, and finally settled on the chain stitch. Using a full six strands of floss we stitched in groups of three or four stitches to get the varying lengths of the dashes.
A close second choice for us was a satin stitch. On our practice sampler, Sophie and I stitched out a few “dashes” but Sophie had problems keeping her stitches even and quickly became frustrated. We tried outlining our stitches, and they looked more uniform, but I could tell it was not going to be a fun Saturday morning sewing session if we continued on that path.
A few things I have learned with sewing with a young teen would be
We are having so much fun doing this each week!
Here is a good video for this stitch:
Chain 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
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.