Every girl dreams of a special party dress. This sweet little number is the first in a series of free embroidery patterns we’ll be treating stitchers to here on the NeedleKnowledge® site, and features a dreamy party dress with a pink sash and rosebuds scattered on the skirt. Continue Reading “Spring Party Dress – Free Embroidery Patterns”
Stitch up a pair of plucky redwork chickens basking in the sun. These fun pecking fowl are the first in a series of poultry patterns that will be posting regularly here on the site. Continue Reading “Redwork Towel – Free Embroidery Pattern”
Feeling a bit chilly during the dark, cold winter months? Warm up your winter wardrobe by stitching this stylish Embroidered Scarf – an exclusive FREE embroidery pattern from NeedleKnowledge®.
The scarf is assembled using three different cuts of cotton quilting fabric, and embroidered using basic embroidery stitches. The embroidery is featured on one side, while a contrasting lining livens up the other side. Continue Reading “Embroidered Scarf – Free Embroidery Pattern”
Stitch this pretty sentiment for your home and display it on the sofa or a favorite chair. Or, make the project as housewarming gift for a special friend or new neighbor.
The project is worked in traditional embroidery stitches and can be finished as a pillow (as shown) or framed as art. Either way, it’s a nice way to express your love of home, sweet home. Continue Reading “Home Sentiment Pillow in Traditional Embroidery”
Split stitch is worked by taking a stitch forward, and then bringing the needle up through the previous stitch, splitting the fibers in the thread used to make the previous stitch. For best results, the lengths of the stitches should be kept consistent, and smaller stitches are best used around curves. Continue Reading “Split Stitch”
Back Stitches are worked in a forward-and-back motion, creating a narrow line of stitches that can be used as a solid line or band in a design, or used to outline an area. The size of the stitches should be kept consistent for tidy, evenly-spaced results.
After working the back stitch, it can be enhanced by working a second thread through the stitching by threading or whipping, creating a decorative stitch. The basic back stitch is shown below, along with three easy variations. Continue Reading “Back Stitches”
Running stitches is one of the first things any sewer or needleworker learns to stitch. It is worked by running the needle in and out of the fabric at evenly-spaced intervals.
There are many beautiful stitches than can be made using running stitch as a base. The illustrations here show the versatility of the basic running stitch, and include the basic running stitch, double running stitch (worked in 2 passes), the threaded running stitch, double threaded running stitch, whipped running stitch, and a variation of the threaded running stitch worked under parallel rows of stitching. Continue Reading “Running Stitches”
Chain Stitch and Looped Stitches, are fun, interesting to work. They are often highly textured stitches, created using loops of connected threads. These stitches often resemble cables or chains, and this is where they get their name.
Individual stitch segments, called detached stitches, can be used to make a variety of variations. These include the popular lazy daisy or the more unusual tete de boeuf (bull’s head) or tulip stitch. These stitches can be used as scatter stitches or fillers, or used to create an individual element in a design. This might include a flower, a bud, leaves along a stem, or even rain drops. Continue Reading “Chain Stitch and Looped Stitches”
Herringbone stitches are some of my favorite stitches. They’re easy to work and make a pretty band or border on traditional embroidery, counted thread and cross stitch projects. They also look as nice worked around a curve as they do when worked along a straight line.
When working herringbone stitches on a traditional, surface embroidered project, the stitching lines will need to be carefully marked on the fabric using your preferred transfer method. When worked in a counted thread or cross stitch project, use the threads in the fabric to space your stitches. Continue Reading “Herringbone Stitches”
Cross Stitch projects use simple 2-part diagonal stitch that cross in the center – hence the name. It’s often the first stitch most embroidery aficionados learn because it’s so easy to work and and can used to create a variety of projects, for easy to advanced skill levels.
When working your projects, make sure all of the stitches cross in the same direction – especially if you tend to turn your fabric as you stitch. This keeps the stitches uniform and makes for a tidy project. Continue Reading “Stitches for Cross Stitch”