Friday, March 4, 2011

Heart a Day - Day 24


Split stitch heart - I love embroidery, the control freak in me loves trying to keep my stitches nice and neat, this was a fun little project to work on split stitches, which are really easy.  For thicker lines, just use more strands of thread, but use an even number, since you will be splitting each stitch in half.  For this project I used two strands of embroidery thread.

Pull the threaded needle up through A.  Stitch down through B (the closer you are to A, the thicker your line).  Come up through C, in the middle of the stitch you just made, splitting the threads in half.

Come down through D, trying to make it the same distance as A was from B.  Repeat and you'll create your line - split stitches make a nice outline in patterns.  Make your line thicker by using more threads or by keeping the distance shorter, which makes your line seem fatter.

If any steps are confusing, let me know!  I'm a beginner myself, so if you see any inaccuracies, let me know too!

8 comments:

Allisa Jacobs said...

Lovely! One of my favorite stitches & you explained it well :)

Kathy said...

This was a great tutorial! And your hearts, are darling of course.
Have a great weekend. - Kathy

Anonymous said...

What do you do with them once you complete them ? Do you leave them in the hoop as the frame ? Or make them into something ? Or actually frame them ?

JarosDesigns said...

Sometimes these are just practice, just fun to sew. I may hang a grouping of them in the hoops in my daughters room, some may be patches on future totes or aprons.

Hannah S. said...

AW beautiful!

Gingercake said...

beautiful photography. Love your colors here.

HarmlessColor said...

I like the look of your frame. I am just beginning to consider getting one, are there any places you recommend looking?

JarosDesigns said...

I think I got these mini embroidery hoop/frames at Michaels, but I know I've seen them at Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabric too.