stitch along part one A
I know I said I’d do this MOnday, but I’ve been full of cold and just didn’t have the energy.
IN the mean time Sue very kindly made a group for everyone on flickr
so you can post progress pics
I tend to outline in split stich, as I find this easier to do with work under tension – I have to work without a frame to do stem stitch.
I apologise if a few of these are a bit blurry, gareth normally takes my detail pics for me, and these looked ok until I blew them up. I will also refer you to my early post on stem stitch, as split and stem stitches are essentially the same stitch, its just that with split you split the stitch and with stem you push it to one side.
bring your needle up and make a small stitch about 4mm long (four or five threads of the wool canvas if you’re using a kit)
then go halfway back and bring the thread up through the stitch
Your next stitch will be about the same length as the first, but because half of it covers the first stitch, you will only advnace half the distance. When you come back to split the stitch it should be in roughly the same place the intial stitch ended.
and repeat ad infinitum. I’ve remembered why I always draw stitches for my handouts. The crucial part is that in order for the front of split stitch to look neat, the back of it should look like backstitch, without gaps
WHAT NOT TO DO
Many people are tempted to get theri split stitch done quicker by stretching the stitches out. By making the stitch a little bit longer and not going halfway back, perhaps maybe only a quarter instead.
and as you can see, this way scraggliness lies.
See how much I love you. I did appalingly bad stitching and took blurry photos of it. Its like the bad 70s porn of needlework.
Right, now we’ve got the basics out of the way (and seriously if needed I can re-post better pics at the weekend, just tell me) you can start outlining your dragon.
The dark outline stitches are shown on the second pdf in the first post. Some are worked over the laid and couched work, others go along the edges.
when working an edge be careful to use the same holes as the edges of the laid and couched work in order to get a neat edge
I’ve worked the eye as a negative space that lets the white canvas show through, but you can give him white irises if you wish. Working the eyeball can be challenging as small circles are difficult – you will need to make your stitches much smaller and tighter.
He’ll still look a little flat until you start filling in the white (pdf 3 I think)
There isn’t really a way to mark where the inner lines go. You just have to have confidence and trust yourself, it’s really no harder- and certainly a lot slower – than drawing the lines with a pencil, and most of these lines are really simple.