Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Zigzag stitch

I am determined to carry on building my Stitch A-Z as I hate starting something and not finishing it! So here's a tutorial for Zigzag stitch I did awhile ago and didn't put on my blog. Zigzag stitch is a wide line stitch or filling stitch. It can be worked on evenweave or plain weave fabrics in a variety of threads. The stitch creates a rather nice decorative filling as it forms a lattice pattern.

To work Zigzag stitch you work in two journeys starting first at the right.

Bring your needle up at 1, down at 2 and back up again at 1. Then take the needle down at 3 and up at 4. Begin the next repeat by taking the needle down at 3 again and back up at 4. Repeat all along your row ending with a vertical stitch.

The second journey!

Starting at the left, bring your needle up at 5, down at 6, up at 5 again and then down at 7 and then finally up at 8. Repeat doubling up each vertical stitch and crossing over each sloping stitch. This completes the Zigzag stitch! 

Instead of working in the same colour for the second journey you can always use a contrasting colour, this looks good when worked as a filling as in the last photograph. More tutorials soon!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hand Embroidered Portrait WIP

Thought I would do a bit of an update post on what I am currently working on, you will see in earlier posts how this is progressing. Still lots of work to do though! The book I have been working on is complete and will be available later this year so I have plenty of time now to concentrate on developing my next body of work, which is inspired by my nearest and dearest! I am also wanting to do lots of experimenting with stitches so I will be posting these and some new stitch tutorials as well as they seem to be popular and I am always happy to share my knowledge of hand embroidery on my blog. I hope they are useful to anyone just starting out in this most fabulous of artforms! Thanks to everyone who has left comments on my blog I really appreciate them!

Ok back to the stitching!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Recent Drawings

I am currently developing a new body of work and these are some of my recent drawings in pencil. I am hoping to develop my pencil drawings into embroideries.