Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Embroidery How To: Satin Stitch
Welcome back for another embroidery tutorial! Today I am showing you the Satin Stitch. It has a few variations, but they are all used for pretty much the same thing: filling in an area of your embroidery with solid color. The satin stitch is basically a series of stitches made very close together, which leaves a solid block of color and a satin finish.
To start, I selected a little chevron pattern and transferred it to my fabric:
Next, select your embroidery floss, thread your needle and start your first stitch by pulling through your fabric from back to front, as shown below.
Finish the first stitch by going back into your fabric at the top of your end line. I am working this satin stitch in an up and down motion. You can work in any direction you like, but it is very important that all of your stitches be in the same direction and are made evenly. If you are just starting out, I recommend working either straight up and down, or straight side to side. Diagonals can be very hard to space evenly without practice.
Once you have made your first stitch, continue along in exactly the same way, following your pattern lines and spacing your stitches as closely and evenly as possible.
Once you are finished you will end up with a nice solid patch of color like this:
When starting out, you may find your outline is a little less than perfect, so you can always go back and outline it with a backstitch or some other stitch you like.
I will be having one more embroidery tutorial of my own, on couching, in a week or two. However, the Pinterest Gods smiled upon me yesterday and I discovered the most AMAZING library of embroidery tutorials here with amazing instructions and illustrations. Since I have very little in the way of embroidery experience, anyone wanting to learn these more advanced stitches should really take a look. You'll keep yourself busy with new stitches for weeks! There are step by step photos and instructions for almost every stitch in the list.
I personally plan on trying out all of the herringbone stitches, the laced herringbone looks fabulous!
Later this week I will also be posting a roundup of paper flower tutorials and some Valentine crafts.
Last, but not least, my brother and his wife just announced that they are expecting baby number 3 and I am so excited to make some cute baby gifts for them (as well as my cousin Lindsay's baby)! SO the coming months will be filled with cute baby goodness and more!