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Stitch Study: Waffle Stitch (or Norwich Stitch) Tutorial

Yes, after an almost-two-year hiatus, I’m actually writing a stitch study post again. This is my first stitch study on a canvaswork stitch, the waffle stitch. A bit about naming Before getting into the details about the stitch, it helps to discuss the naming of this stitch. Like many stitches, this one comes up in…

An Easy Way to Control Color With Multi-Color Threads

Overdyed. Variegated. Hand-dyed. Whatever you call them, these lovely threads sometimes intimidate stitchers, especially when they’re used in geometric designs when the balance of color may be important. There are two schools of thought on using multi-color threads in designs such as these. I call them the “Don’t Cares” and the “Cares.” If you’re a…

Stitch Study 3: Detached Buttonhole with Return

Disclaimer: This stitch study builds on the previous lessons of detached buttonhole (DBH) and filling shapes with DBH. To minimize any confusion over steps skipped in this tutorial, please review the previous stitch studies. In basic DBH, if you’ll recall, we always brought the thread to the back at the right side of each row…

Stitch Study 2: Shapes in Detached Buttonhole

Basic detached buttonhole (abbreviated DBH here) is pretty, but most designs don’t just use a block of it by itself. Most pieces that use DBH use it to fill specific shapes, such as a flower petal or a leaf. Today’s stitch study investigates how to approach such shapes. In the example, I’m using size 8…

Stitch Study 1: Detached Buttonhole

Welcome to the first official entry in my “Stitch Study” series of posts. As I mentioned in a post last weekend, the first unofficial stitch study was the post on spiral trellis stitch. This post features basic detached buttonhole stitch. If you’re familiar with buttonhole stitch (or to be accurate, closed blanket stitch), it is…

A new series of posts: Stitch Studies

Based on my blog statistics, the most popular post I’ve ever written is my tutorial on spiral trellis stitch. Recently, Megan of Elmsley Rose asked me to do a similar tutorial on the partially-attached detached buttonhole stitch (anybody have a better name for this?) that I used for the top layer of the peapods on…