Welcome to Day 3! Today we are going to cover two more stitches, chain stitch and whipped backstitch. We are also going to cover making satin stitch in a different shape than on day 1. Lets get stitching!
Chain stitch is one of my very favorite stitches. If you stick around here you are definitely going to see come up agin and again. Something about the interlocking stitches just makes it extra special. Chain stitch is great for straight lines, curved lines, lettering, overlapping, and filling a space (see why I love it?).
PRO TIP: When pulling your thread through the chain, be sure to pull in the direction you are stitching. If you pull back toward the start of the line your chain loop will not lay flat.
On the Nativity hoop, whipped backstitch is used to define the head of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Whipped backstitch makes a nice raised line that almost looks like rope. I love the contrasting texture it brings to the hoop.
PRO TIP: If you find that you needle is catching on the thread or fabric as you slide it under, try using the eye of your needle instead of the tip. The eye is blunt and wont catch the stitches.
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I hope you are loving stitching along with me. I’m having a blast sharing tips and tricks with you while I stitch. If you missed day 1 you can find it HERE. If you missed day 2 you can find it HERE. Also, if you are looking for a step by step guide to stitching, like the images found in this blog. You can get my Stitch Library and Beginner’s Guide to Hand Embroidery in my shop. The library contains 14 common stitches, and the beginner’s guide covers everything you need to know to get started, set up your hoop, and finish your hoop. Get your copy here.
As always, if you have questions about today’s stitch or anything else embroidery, leave them here in the comments or email email@example.com. Happy stitching.