Stitch Sunday 13 – Beaded Fringe

I know I’m late again – SORRY.
Today is stitch Sunday 13, so I’m continuing beyond the promised 12 stitches. To celebrate this, I show you something special – a quick hack to create a beaded fringe in the middle of a piece of fabric and really have it hang, not stick out.I hoe the pics are not too hard to see, the needle had to be small for this. I am using a small darner not a beading needle because it has a bigger eye, bends less and is still small enough to go through the beads with ease.

First, do a row of chain stitch where the fringe is supposed to be. The chain links should be about as big as one of the beads, may be a bit bigger. Use a nice pearl cotton, not the beading thread. Next, secure the beading thread on the back, I am using variegated quilting cotton and translucent, iridescent seed beads. Bring the needle to the front side just left and above the first chain link. Slide the needle under the first chain link and pull through.


Next, put the desired number of beads onto the thread.


to form the fringe, put the needle back through the beads exept the last one and slide it under the same chain link as before without piercing the fabric.


At last, slide the needle under the next chain link going from top to bottom, like in step 1, repeat.

Wordless Wednesday – Robin


Stitch (not really) Sunday 12 – Twisted Chain Stitch

I Know it is no longer Sunday, and hasn’t been for like 10 hours. Does the blood moon count as an excuse? Yes, I set my alarm to 3:45 a.m and watched it go completely red. My camera was not built for such an occasion, so I stopped bothering with it after a few minutes and just enjoyed.

Anyways, this won’t be another week without a new stitch. Well, twisted chain stitch probably isn’t exactly new to most of you, but it fits in here so well. This is one of the few chain stitch variants that are best done with a sewing action, like the regular chain stitch.

See the first picture for how to do the stitch. It is like a chain stitch, but open and twisted. next, just do stitch after stitch like with regular chain stitch.



The next Picture shows you how to hide loose end in chain stitches – leave the thread en on the front side. Secure the beginning of the new thread on the back, then come out with the needle where the thread end hangs, be careful not to pierce it. Pull the new thread through. Go to the back side of the work and pull the last stitch with the old thread out, so that the end is brought to the back side, and secure it. You are ready to resume stitching.


Of course, you can also do thestitch with the open part in altnating directions. If you make the stitches longer, make sure they are somewhat slanted to give the stitches stability.



Wordless Wednesday – The Fruits of Fall


Stitch Sunday – Break

I am sorry, this has to be a break week again. I still have too many stitching projects, a lot of work at my day job and I need to knit something.

Wordless Wednesday – Colourful Morning


Stitch Sunday 12 – Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch

This is another beautiful chain stitch variant, and again, it is based on the reverse chain stitch.

Like the name suggests, this stitch originated in Hungary, it was/is used for broad lines especially in ornamental patterns. In general surface embroidery, it can be used wherever a broad, decorative line stitch is required. It is best suited for abstract line designs.

Start by doing a detached chain stitch, the tacking stitch is pointing in the working direction. Next, work a second, bigger detached chain stitch around the first one.




Work another chain stitch. In order to do that, bring the needle to the far end of the chain, then slide the needle under the first chain link without picking up fabric or parts of the second chain link. Sink the needle where it came out.




For the next stitch, again come out with the needle at the new far end of the chain. Slide the needle under the second chain links, make sure it sits on top of the third and you don’t pick up fabric. Finish the chain stitch. keep working like this, always anchoring the last reverse chain link under the second to last chain link.


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