Friday, 23 September 2016

Crafting in September: learning ribbed web and lazy daisy stitch

embroidery hoop used for practising web stitch

At the start of the year I decided to embrace my creativity and try and reignite my sewing mojo. I wanted to try and create a piece of hand embroidery for every month of the year. I also wanted to push myself and learn some new stitches.

This month I had an idea in my mind for embellishing a piece of vintage fabric with embroidery stitches. I thought the ribbed web stitch would look great in the middle of a retro flower. Having never sewn this stitch before I turned to Youtube to hunt down some tutorials. I particularly liked the one posted by Mary Corbett and watched it a few times to get the gist of the stitch.

It's a mix between sewing and weaving and it creates a striking web effect on the fabric. I really like it but got in a complete muddle with my first attempt. You can see it below (brown and red thread). I kept messing up the wrapping around and moving along the 'spokes'. Easily confused you see...

first attempt at ribbed web stitch

My second attempt turned out better, see below. But I still had some uncovered spokes, which isn't quite right...

creating a eight point ribbed web stitch

Third time lucky...I think I've cracked it. I still need to practise, but understand what I need to do now. It's a soothing stitch because the weaving motion is relaxing. It's also nice seeing the thread build up on the fabric into a web pattern.

practising ribbed web stitch on an embroidery hoop

In between the web stitch I also attempted the lazy daisy stitch. I found it hard to keep the 'petals' even, but I'm sure that's just down to practice. Again I really love this stitch and it's useful for creating detail on a piece - a classic stitch which I really wanted to master. If you're interested in learning lazy daisy or detached chain stitch yourself, head over to Mary Corbett's Youtube tutorial

crafting is my therapy practising embroidery stitches

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4 comments:

Zeens and Roger said...

I think I've said this a million times but I really must find some time to practice embroidery. There is so much inspiration out there! Love these stitches you've done. Not seen the woven one before.

relentlesslypurple said...

Wow.. Embroidery is beautiful and you've done so well! It looks lovely :) I have tried myself before but ai really don't have the patience for it haha! #Craftingismytherapy

Jennifer said...

Such beautiful stitches! I've also never seen the woven one before, and it looks really good!

Catherine said...

I had no idea you could create such lovely motifs just by stitching. You got the hang of it really quickly too! #craftingismytherapy

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