Seed Stitch Variations

catsClosing in on the finish!

I mentioned before that I haven’t used much seed stitch before. I added it to another panel here and it was fun to work. I tried varying the stitch a little just to see what different effects I could get. The results were fun (though I doubt anyone but me is ever going to notice in person!)

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Ch-ch-ch-Chain Stitch

blue flowers by moonlight

I got started playing with chain stitch pursuant to the revelation of how easy it is to stitch backwards and can’t seem to stop. From the swirly lines of last week, I doodled some flowers and a moon, atop a yin-yang-ish plot of ground. I varied the number of strands of floss, four in the moon and the left-hand vine, to two for the flowers and the right-hand vine, to six for the ground. Six is really too big for this small a design; I’m much happier with how four and two look.

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Chain Stitch Backwards


Jenny Hart has kind of blown my mind with this blog post on a technique her student Kirsten showed her for making chain stitch:

If you’ve ever had trouble achieving an even chain stitch, check it out. The gist of it is that by constructing the chain stitch backward, you have more control over the tension and placement of the stitches. I doodled a couple of swirls on a spare piece of fabric last night and gave it a shot.


This is so much easier for me, and the end results are far more aesthetically pleasing. I can’t believe I never thought of trying it this way.


As I work on the carnation needle book, I’ve run into an issue. I mentioned before that the outer lines wobbled more than I intended them to. As I stem stitched over the outline, following the thread rather than my drifting lines, the full extent of the problem became glaringly obvious.

That’s a lot of drift.

However, rather than taking the fabric off the frame and consigning it to the trash in despair, I decided to think of this as a design opportunity. My initial thought for the border was gray stem stitch whipped in green. However, given the drifting lines, why not make the border wider?

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