Stitch Sunday 8 – Beaded Fly Stitch

So this is Stitch Sunday 7. this time it is fly stitch, and because regular fly stitch was part of TAST I am making it beaded fly stitch.

It is fitting that fly stitch is shown after a chain stitch variant, because fly stitch is a sort of link between the buttonhole/feather/cretan stitch family and the chain stitch family. On the one hand, it could be a sniplet of a feather stitch, on the other hand, it could be seen as a wide open detatched chain stitch.

Like most chain stitches, fly stitch can be done by doing the tacking stitch first and then threading through the loop, or by making a loop and then tacking it down with a stitch. Here I am using the latter method.

For beaded fly stitch, first put an even number of beads on the working thread.


Next, insert the needle at the other end of the loop, and have it come out again where the tacking stitch is supposed to be. Make sure half of the beads are on each side of the place you come up with the needle.- If you haven’t beaded the loop but want to bead the tacking stitch, put the required number of beads onto the working thread now.


At last, complete the tacking stitch and take the needle to the place where the next stitch is supposed to begin.


Of course, you can also work the tacking stitch first. In case you work with the fabric in a hoop and work stab action, this is recommended. In this case, first do a little straight stitch that is the tacking stitch. Bring the needle to the front where the loop is supposed to start. put half of the required beads on the working thread. Slide the needle under the tacking stitch without piercing the fabric. Put the rest of the beads on the thread. Sink the needle where the loop is supposed to begin.

Was this clear enough without pics?

Wordless Wednesday – Nighttime Beauty




Stitch Sunday 7 – Reverse Chain Stitch

I know I am late, and I am sorry, but it is still Sunday after all ;-) .

This week’s stitch is reverse chain stitch. It looks really similar to regular chain stitch so it is not that spectacular. However, in some situations it is easier to do than chain stitch, especially when you try to work it stabbing, not sewing. Also, it is the base stitch for a few interesting variations we might get to some time later.

The principle behind this stitch is that you work the tack down stitch first, then you lace the chain stitch through it and sink the needle again, usually in the hole where it came to the front for the chain stitch. So you get a closed loop held down by either a tacking stitch or the next closed loop, which can be seen as the definition of the chain stitch family. The first chain is then the tack down stitch for the following ones. Except, of course, when you work it detached.

But now to the tutorial. To start a row, first work a little straight stitch as tacking stitch.

reverse chain stitch

Next, bring the needle to the front of your work again where the first chain link is supposed to end.

Slide the needle under the tacking stitch without piercing the ground fabric or the previous stitch. If you have to use a needle with a sharp point on your fabric, slide it under the tacking stitch eye first.


Sink the needle again through the same hole where the thread came out. The first chain link is formed. (Of course you can sink the needle wherever else, making some sort of open chain or twisted chain, just experiment)


bring the needle to the front again where the next chain link is supposed to end. Slide the needle through the last chain link like you slided it through the tacking stitch, sink the needle again into the hole where this chain link ends.


Behold the first two links of your chain! And repeat the last step until you’re done. You can use this stitch as a line stitch or filling stitch just like regular chain stitch.


Wordless Wednesday – Unruly Chicks


Stitch Sunday Break and Inspiration

Some people found my stitch challenge just now and are busy figuring out if and how they should take part. In order to give them a fair chance, this week is a break week everyone can use to get ready for stitching or even begin to catch up. Next week, there will be a new stitch. This time, one that is not a feathered chain variant.

But, this posting is also called stitch sunday inspiration. The little embroidery I show you is in fact the next section of sampler 5. I left this space blank and filled it later because it was supposed to be pictorial rather than rows of stitches. You saw how to do the stones before. later I added layers of feathered chain and woven/buttonholed chain.


TAST 1 2015

Sharon Bogon has started her take a stitch tuesday challenge at stitch one again. I don’t think I will take part regularly, with my own challenge on the go ans such, but I have to celebrate this so I post a fly stitch piece I did some time again when I considered re-doing TAST on my own. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody else’s Work.

To see all the older fly stitch postings, click here: fly stitch postings.


Wordless Wednesday – La Luna

the moon


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