Category Archives: Embroidery

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Embroidery: How to do the Duplicate Stitch

To round out our embroidery tutorial series, this week's technique is all about duplicate stitch! This particular stitch lets you embroider on top of your existing stitches of stockinette fabric in a contrasting color. It also mimics the structure of your stitches, making it a fairly seamless way to add colorful motifs or other designs onto your knitting. And I must say - this is the perfect technique for smaller projects when I don't feel up to using stranded knitting or intarsia to create the motif or pattern. So to help you get started with the duplicate stitch, check out Kerin's video tutorial on this technique.

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Embroidery: How to do the Crochet Chain Stitch

Keeping in the theme of embroidery, this week's technique highlights the crochet chain stitch! This embroidery technique allows you to easily create outlines for shapes and motifs with a stitch that actually resembles the shape of a knit stitch. Whether you outline an intarsia pattern or you create freeform shapes across a pillow or blanket, the possibility for using this stitch to introduce fun pops of color into your next project are endless. The beauty of this particular stitch is that you can really create curves and shapes, making it up as you go right on top of the surface of your knitted fabric. And to help you embellish your knits, watch Kerin's video tutorial on the crochet chain to get started!  

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Embroidery: How to do the Satin Stitch

For last week's technique of the week, we started our embroidery series with an introduction to the back stitch. This week, we are going to keep with our embroidery obsession and show off the satin stitch! This embroidery technique uses a series of flat stitches (short or long depending on your motif) to completely cover a section of your fabric or knitting. This makes the satin stitch a great technique for when you need to fill in an area of a motif that is already outlined with the back stitch or crochet chain stitch.        Here is Kerin's finished motif that shows off the satin stitch to fill in the petals. To help you get started, check out our new video tutorial that shows you how to do the satin stitch!

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Embroidery: How to do the Back Stitch

Every couple of months, I get the urge to break out of my little knitting bubble to try my hand at some other crafty craft. My latest adventure has been with crochet. I've dabbled in crochet here and there but I've never undertaken more than a small toy (yet at the moment, I am completely obsessed with working on my first-ever crochet blanket!). However, a few months back when I got the itch to try something new with my yarn collection - I fell in love with the world of embroidery! This was a whole new way to explore color and texture, it was almost like drawing (slowly) with yarn. I even bought a shadow box to frame my little embroidery sampler that I was working on as a fun way of meshing my crafty explorations with pretty home decor. So it was no surprise that my interest in embroidery was revived when I saw Kerin's latest design - the Suzani Jacket! This pattern incorporates four different types of embroidery to embelish and beautify this colorful cardigan. If you've had your eye on this pattern but haven't had much experience with these techniques (or maybe you just want more fun and unique ways to use up those odds and ends!), we've created a series of video tutorials that focus on different embroidery techniques. For this week's technique of the week, we're highlighting the versatile back stitch!

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Lovely Swirls of Green

As with the pom poms from the latest catalog cover, I had some leftover strands of Imagination in Enchanted Forest and Shadow Tonal in Springtime from making the stems for the cover. I unearthed a piece of linen in my fabric stash last night and decided to try both yarns out by making a little sampler of swirls!

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Embroidering With Shadow Tonal

Back in August I bought a cross stitch cell phone case (you can purchase them at Connect Design). I stitched my first pattern using embroidery thread and was thrilled at how easy it was to work with. Fast forward a few months and it's time for a new design! This time I found myself reaching for a lace weight hank of Shadow Tonal in Springtime and it worked like a charm!

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Holiday Variety

'Tis the season for knitting and general fiber craft madness! It's foggy outside and I'm keeping my cocoa mug topped off while I round out my basket full of finished presents for family, friends and... of course, the various pets! I like switching between something that will give me that instant gratification and those complicated heirloom-quality pieces that demand a greater portion of my brain. So, I thought I'd share some of the products of my industrious little needles, just in case there are some of you out there who need a little nudge of inspiration!

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Happy Creweling!

Sometimes my fingers get tired of knitting so many tiny stitches (I seem to specialize in tiny needles and tiny stitches these days) which means that I'm always looking for another small project to break up all that knitting time. I know, blasphemy, but there it is! My newest intrigue is crewel embroidery. With crewel, I get to use all that lovely wool I enjoy so much while trying out a whole other world of needles beyond the clicky, knitty variety.  

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