Lazy Daisy Stitch

lazy daisy stitchSince I was a kid just learning to stitch, lazy daisy has been a favorite.  Probably because I’m a girl and probably because it makes cute flowers.  Now that I’ve played and experimented more with this stitch I know that it’s so much more than the cute flower stitch.  This stitch is super fun and versatile.  Each “petal” can be stitched in a ton of different ways.  All that to say this is one stitch you probably want to learn early on.  By the way, if you’ve already learned chain stitch, this should be pretty darn easy for you.  It’s other name is detached chain stitch.

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Chain Stitch Tutorial

chain stitch tutorial
Chain stitch is certainly true to it’s name with it’s interlocking loops of thread that end up looking just like a, you guessed it, chain.

This stitch works well as an outline and flows around curves easily.  If you stitch multiple rows next to each other, you will see a cool textured filling emerge.

chain stitch tutorial
Bring your needle up at your starting point and then go down at the same point.

chain stitch tutorial
Don’t pull your thread all the way through here.  Leave a small loop like in the picture above.

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French Knot Tutorial

french knot tutorialFrench knots add so much texture and fun to embroidery that it should be one of the first stitches you learn.  Everything from one little dot to a whole cluster of knots can add really cool effects to your next piece of stitching.

Some people get frustrated when learning french knots, like I did when I was younger, so I will try to be as clear as I can with the instructions so you can figure it out for good.  Don’t give up until you practice for a little bit, you will get it.

This is what helps me get consistently shaped knots every single time:

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Finish an Embroidery Hoop in 3 Simple Steps

how to finish an embroidery hoop
Today I’m going to show you how I finish the majority of embroidery hoops that I make.  It’s quick, easy, and looks clean when completed.  I’m all about quick when I have a million ideas in my head.

All it takes to finish a hoop this way is three simple steps.

1. Frame Your Piece

I usually iron a piece once it’s complete to give it a fresh look.  One tip I learned that works really well is to get a clean rag or dishtowel and make it damp.  Then you lay the damp towel over your embroidery and then iron on top of that.  It steams out any wrinkles and it doesn’t flatten your stitches like it might if you just ironed right on top of them.

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Stem Stitch Tutorial

stem stitch tutorial
Stem stitch is one of the best stitches to use for curvy lines like flower stems, hence the name.  It’s super simple to learn and once you get going it’s a very relaxing stitch.

You’re going to start your stitch by coming up at one point and then going down, but you don’t pull your thread all the way through before you bring your needle back up.  It doesn’t matter if you keep your thread to the right or the left of the needle as long as you pick a side and stick with it for your whole line.  When you bring your needle back up, then you can pull your thread to tighten.  Check out the photos below to really see what’s going on.

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