Embroidery Sew Along: Block #5

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…

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In our quilt along, we are working on Block #5 this week, our NINE-PATCH block, and for most of us this was a nice simple block after the Hexie!

Sophie and Susan looked around several YouTube videos before deciding on the Colonial Knot to represent our Nine Patch blocks for Week 5.

A cousin to the French knot, the stitch is made by twisting the thread over top of the needle in a figure 8 method.

Susan (a right-handed sewist) enjoyed doing this stitch greatly! She thought it was easy to keep the tension, the stitches looked round and like uniform buttons.

Sophie (a lefty) had a hard time wrapping her head around the figure 8 pattern of the stitch, and ultimately decided on changing mid-way through to French Knots. Both stitches look fabulous and you should feel free to use them interchangeably.

… as a leftie, Sophie switched to French Knots

We used 4 strands of floss to make our stitches and opted not to include the sashing squares in our sampler.  We might look for another small stitch to add as our corner squares so stay tuned!

… I love that Sophie does this with us every single week. Your sampler is fabulous!

Here are some good resources:  

Colonial Knot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmYvBZhUkrI

French Knot Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Cq24d5-8s&t=145s

Guide of Stitches So Far:

Week 1: Back Stitch with 3 strands and French Knots

Sashing: Stem Stitch with 3 strands

Week 2: Granitos 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


Granitos Stitch: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=128&v=Cysb2KK29dA&feature=youtu.be

Back Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ_wVC84UmM&feature=emb_title

Stem Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TebgWq9AqyY&feature=emb_logo

French Knots… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Cq24d5-8s&feature=emb_logo

Herringbone Stitchhttps://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

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.

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