Thursday, August 17, 2017

Threaded Running Stitch

 The Threaded Running Stitch is the latest stitch I have learned on my 100 Stitches Plus journey.

As you can see by the picture {and figure out from the name}, this stitch is formed of two rows of Running Stitch that are threaded.  The threading can be done with a contrasting color floss.

To demonstrate this stitch, I chose two different floss colors.  For the two rows of Running Stitch, I used DMC color variations 4022. For the threading, I used DMC 995.  Both are perle cotton floss.

For the best looking result, I found it was a good idea to draw two parallel guidelines to keep the stitching straight and evenly spaced.  These two lines are 1/4" apart:

The first step is stitching the two rows of Running Stitch:

Notice these stitches line up so that the top and bottom match.  This makes it easier to thread them as "sets" of stitches:

Now for the threading:

I started at the left edge of the bottom line of Straight Stitches.  I came up through the fabric right under the first Straight Stitch:

I pulled the floss all the way through and then slid the needle under that first Running Stitch and over the first Running Stitch on the top row:

I pulled the floss all the way through:

Then I slid the needle under the top Running Stitch and under the bottom Running Stitch:

I gently pulled the floss all the way through:

Now for the next set of Running Stitches, I slid the needle under the bottom stitch and over the top stitch:

Then I pulled the floss through, being careful not to pull the whole way - this is so a nice loop will form under the bottom line of Running Stitches. 

I next slid the needle under the top and then the bottom stitch:

I continued lacing each set of Running Stitches in the same way:

and when I reached the last set, I went back into the fabric directly under the bottom Running Stitch:


Here is a look at the underside of the stitch:

I think this is such a beautiful addition to the Running Stitch.  Two others I have learned are the Laced Running Stitch and the Whipped Running Stitch.  You can see those in a previous post here {here}. 

I found this stitch in the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Teddy Bear Embroidery Pattern

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my stitching progress on this little teddy bear project.

I have just finished the stitching and I am so pleased with the result! 

I think roasting marshmallows over a campfire is a perfect summer motif :)  This pattern set has so many scenes like this one. I want to stitch them all up and I plan to incorporate them into a boy's quilt.