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RUNNING STITCH FAMILY(http://www.rocksea.org/hand-embroidery/runningstitch/laced-running-stitch) The basic.The foundation of many other embroidery and stitch works like the Indian Kantha work or Chikankari work.
hand embroidery sample : running stitch
Running stitch is also laid as a foundation for a variety of patterns, some of which I will show in subsequent posts, so that you get an idea on what different ways these stitches can be used as a foundation for. Then, the rest is upto your imagination!
hand embroidery sample : running stitch varieties
Yet. LOOPED RUNNING STITCH This stitch is just a variety of the running stitch. This is a very decorative stitch and can be experimented with threads fo various colors over borders. Take the needle in through the second stitch and come out through the first. It incorporates the technique of Chinese stitch or Pekinese stitch. Usually. Fig 1: Lay the foundation by doing arunning stitch. Close layers of this stitch can create wonderful effects on a pattern. there is more thread shown on the upperside than the underside in a running stitch. which I have named. I would suggest to try to keep the length of the stitches on the upperside and underside as same as possible. Take a contrastign colored thread and bring it out from near the first running stitch. The length of the stitch on the upperside can vary than that on the underside. You need to know the running stitch before doing this stitch. . Fig 2: Start following the pekinese stitch technique.2 RUNNING STITCH This stitch is done by running the needle and thread up and down the cloth at a regular distance. The knowledge of the pekinese stitch will be very helpful. to get the beauty of the stitch. making a loop.
LACED RUNNING STITCH This variety of running stitch gives a wavy effect to the pattern. Fig 2: Then pass it through the second stitch from the bottom.3 Fig 3: Continue this action of ‘looping’ using the running stitch foundation. as illustrated. Fig 1: Lay the foundation by doing arunning stitch. Continue this action of taking the needle under each stitch from the top and bottom alternately. It looks beautiful when a few close layers of it is created. Fig 4: Finish up the pattern for it to look like this. Bring out another thread out near the first stitch and pass the needle under it from the top. .
4 INTERLACED RUNNING STITCH This variety incorporates laced running stitch. Fig 2: Now take the needle under the second stitch from the top. taken both ways along the running stitch. Continue this action of taking the needle under each stitch from the top and bottom alternately. WHIPPED RUNNING STITCH . Lay the foundation by doing a running stitch. Fig 3: A finished line of interlaced running stitch would look like this. Follow the instructions of laced running stitch to get a laced running stitch pattern Fig 1: Bring another thread out from near the first stitch and the needle under it from the bottom. to give it a final ‘chain’ look.
pass the needle under each stitch from the top. .5 his variety gives a twisted effect. You can try out your own variations. Now. I have illustrated the parallel running stitch here and two different ways it could be used.with each stitch from each row lying one below the other. PARALLEL RUNNING STITCH Parallel running stitch is just two parallel rows of running stitches. The closer the foundation of running stitch is done. then maintian it by taking from the bottom only. Fig 1: Lay the foundation by doing arunning stitch. Fig 2: Continue this pattern to finish the design as shown. many variations can be created using a different thread. If you happen to take the thread between each running stitch from the bottom of the stitch. Using these as the base. Bring out through near the first stitch. you do not pluck the fabric underneath. the more enhanced would be the twisted effect. NOTE: Make sure that while taking the needle and thread under each running stitch. The trick is to give it a twisted effect.
Variety 1 This variety makes a good edging or boundary design by giving a snake like effect. Note that the stitches W. this variety makes a good edging or boundary design by giving a inverted ‘U’ like effect. Fig 2: A finished line of this variety would look like this. Variety 2 Again. . Turn around the needle and take it from under X and B. The serpentine visual makes it good for edging and boundary designs. turn around the needle and take it from under C and Y. Fig 1: Take another thread and bring it out from near A. You may also incorporate some beadwork to add beauty to the work.6 Parallel running stitch: Lay the foundation by doing two parallel twin lines of running stitch as illustrated. You may also incorporate some beadwork to add beauty to the work. Y. B. as shown. X. Z lie right below A. Take the needle under the stitches A and W. C and D. Make sure not to pluck the fabric underneath. while doing this. Continue this process for the entire length of the two parallel rows. Again.
and so forth.7 Fig 1: Now. X lies between A and B. This ’stepped’ structure will give an opportunity to create various embroidery patterns using a different thread. Stepped running stitch : Lay the foundation by doing two parallel rows of running stitches . You may make more than just two rows of running stitch and try out your own variations as well. as shown. as illustrated. and so forth. Turn around the needle and take it from under A again. Variety 1 . Note that A lies between W and X. ‘Step’ the second row. Each stitch from each row will lie in between two stitches of the other row. STEPPED RUNNING STITCH Stepped running stitch is just two parallel rows of running stitches. Make sure not to pluck the fabric while doing this. Take the needle under the stitches A and W. take another thread and bring it out from near A. Fig 2: This is how a finished line of this variety sample would look like. Continue this action by taking the needle under B and X. C and Y.
Fig 3: The final effect would be as shown above.8 Fig 1: Take another thread and needle out from near A and pass it under A and W without plucking the fabric underneath. Now. without plucking the fabric underneath. Variety 2 . turn the needle around and pass the thread under X and A. Continue this pattern of action for the remaining stretch of the stepped running stitch. Fig 2: Now. pass the needle under B and X.
Now. You will get your first twisted pattern.9 Fig 1: Take another thread from near W and pass it under W and A. as shown in the picture. pass it from under B. DOUBLE RUNNING STITCH (HOLBEIN STITCH) . taking the needle from beneath the thread. Fig 2: Again. Continue this action for the entire stretch of the stepped runnig stitch. Fig 3: Continue this ‘twisted’ pattern to give it a final braided effect. and then under X. This makes the second twisted pattern. wihtout plucking the fabric underneath. pass the needle under the thread.
start a return journey with the same working thread. She is believed to have brought garments in to England from Spain and they had black work on them. Black work is done using only black thread. Assissi embroidery is not confined to a single thread color but uses different threads. It is a combination of black work. This is because holbein stitch is a form of counted thread stitch. who is more known to have painted Henry VIII and his children wearing clothing with ‘blackwork embroidery’. He was a portrait painter of the 16th century. As. Catherine of Aragon was the wife of Henry VIII. holbein stitch derives its name from Hans Holbein the younger. or holbein stitch and cross stitch. This will help understand the technique. Looking at the history of it. Assissi embroidery originated from Italy at around 13th and 14th century. the return journey of running stitch will fill the gaps made during . who was a German artist. but later. Traditionally Assissi embroidery employed only holbein stitch.10 This stitch follows a pattern where a running stitch is done and the gaps between this running stitch is filled during a return journey of the needle and thread. Holbein stitch is widely used in Blackwork Embroidery and Assissi Embroidery as well. This causes the stitch to bring out identical patterns on either sides of the cloth. shown in this illustration. Fig 2: Now. it incorporated varities of cross stitches as well. Black work is again commonly known as spanish work. I have done two variations of the holbein stitch. Variation 1: Fig 1: Lay a base of running stitch. We can widely see it in cross stitch patterns too.
You can use a different colored thread for creative effects. Fig 3: A finished line of holbein stitch would look like this.11 the first onward journey. Variation 2: .
A variation of this stitch is shown in pattern 2. PATTERN 1 Pattern 1 will show the logic of holbein stitch.12 Check the side bar on the right side to find the two patterns. Fig 1 .
(Fig 1 and Fig 2) 4. if you want to give it a different touch or look. Take a return journey using running stitch. only this time. you get a design of straight line.13 Fig 2 Fig 3 1. 3. you try to fill the gaps created by the earlier running stitch. Note: The thread used for the return journey stitch is the same with which you ended your first running stitch journey. However. For that. bring the same needle out through A and put in through B to take it out through C. . Continue such filling that ultimately. you can use a differnet color to give an alternated colored look. (Fig 1) 2. Lay the foundation of running stitch.
which is still done by only the women of the villages bordering karnataka and maharastra.10th century. Usually kasuti designs resembles the rangoli designs in India. This art of embroidery. It can be seen widely in Indian Kasuti or Kashidakari embroidery work. dates back to the Chalukya period of the 6th. Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 : Reverse side .14 PATTERN 2 Holbein stitch can be used to create a ‘pyramid’ like effect or ‘temple design’ too.
(Fig 2) 4. Fig 5 Fig 6 Fig 7 Fig 8 : Reverse side . Bring the thread through A and take it in through B. Note that C lies exactly below B. Continue this pattern to follow the alphabets as illustrated. Check the reverse pattern.15 1. Bring it through C and take it in through D. (Fig 1 and Fig 2) 3. we will fill the gaps to finish the design. (Fig 1) 2. You will finish up with a temple like design. (Fig 3). (Fig 4) Now.
you can leave the conventional method of single thread holbein stitch and take up another color to fill the gaps to give an attactive pattern. (Fig 5) 6.16 5. You would end the design with the final stitch Y-Z. All that is required is a little imagination! I will get back to this stitch while discussing Kasuti or Blackwork as we move along. (Fig 8 ) Note: Holbein stitch can be used to make any pattern geometrical in nature. 9. If you check the reverse. Of course. it will look like an identical design. (Fig 6) 8. Bring the same needle out through Y and take it in through X to bring it out through W. As mentioned in the notes of pattern 1. (Fig 7). (Fig 5) 7. . You will finally finish the temple design. Continue to fill the gaps in the similar fashion. it is not restricted to the above mentioned patterns.
This lesson. The technique of darning is used to mend torn clothes. While mending torn fabric. will show you only the ’back and forth’ stitch technique of darning stitch. Fig 1: Do a row of running stitch. They interlock with each other to form the fabric. starting from A and ending at B. Keep this process of stitching rows of running stitches back and forth. Weft is the yarn that runs vertically. Then. A fabric is made of weft and warp yarn. You need to know the running stitch to be able to do darning stitch. Note that each row is ’stepped’ in order to get a brick like formation. while warp is the yarn that runs horizontally. You can turn a couple of rows of darning stitch into a base for beautiful patterns like we did in parallel running stitch and stepped running stitch. turn around and begin the second row of running stitch from C to end at D. The most popular embroidery where darning is used for embroidery purpose is the pattern darning. the darning stitch is used to ‘rebuild’ the weft and warp of the worn out area. especially socks and looks like a woven patch.17 DARNING STITCH The darning stitch is about making rows of straight running stitches near each other. however. . The purpose is to use this lesson as reference for Embroidery works (and not to mend clothes ).
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