Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Knowing how to back stitch is a very handy skill...it used in embroidery for outlining and adding fine details to imagery. For your knitting and crochet projects it can be just as useful for making simple pictorials, writing a word or name, making flower stems, and whatever else you wish to embellish.
To start all you need is your fabric or crochet/knitted piece, some yarn or embroidery floss, and an appropriately sized needle...I used a tapestry needle (or yarn needle as they are sometimes called) to thread the yarn on the needle with a tail.
For the first stitch, bring the yarn up from underneath,
and then back down...that's the first stitch. Now, bring the yarn back up from underneath as shown below, about the same width away as the first stitch you made.
Now come back down as shown to complete the second stitch...
Continue in this manner until you have made what you wish! I did this little curlicue to show you that you can do both straight and curved lines and the lines can cross too.
Oh, I almost forgot...if you like the little green flower in the pictures, here's how to embroider that too:
How To Embroider A Lazy Daisy
Back stitching is a really fun way to add a name to a special blanket, or a little heart to a cute hat, it is so simple, yet adds so much to something handmade!
Here is a video that you can watch to learn how to embroider back stitch:
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Lay the piece on a towel and press out the excess water between towels. Never, ever wring...this will cause damage to the fibers.
Roll the piece up in a towel, and gently squeeze to remove moisture...
Now it's time to pin! What I like to do is pin a few all around to get the general shape/measurement, then go back around and place more pins closer together so that you get a nice straight edge. Do not over pin! You don't want to stretch the garment too far and ruin all of your beautiful hard work, this is especially important for ribbing which naturally needs to pull in a bit.
When I blocked this piece shown, I pinned up three sides and used a blocking wire (Make your own here!) to show you how they both look...blocking wires are totally optional, but very useful for lace pieces.
Finally, when everything is pinned up to your satisfaction, let completely dry. I always wait a minimum of 24 hours...it is important that there is absolutely no moisture left. Then unpin and enjoy your beautifully blocked handmade lovelies!
Click below to watch a video on how to block your work step by step: