At times, a well placed line of embroidery stitches can highlight the design on a quilt. A line of accent color along a border draws the eye. A subtle outline on an isolated motif highlights the theme. A simple line of stitches can do amazing things!
Here are three line stitches every quilter should have in their arsenal to use when a little magic is needed.
Follow the basic illustrations below to learn these three simple stitches.
Start with a stitch back, then bring the needle up where you want the next stitch to end. Notice the thread will always be in the middle of the of the bite the needle takes in the fabric. This creates a continuous line of stitches. Use a single strand for a subtle hit of a line or use 3 strands with a metallic thread twisted in for some zip!
To make a split stitch, take one stitch back and bring the needle up in the middle of the stitch, splitting the floss or yarn. Take another stitch and come up splitting in the middle of that stitch, splitting it in half. The split stitch ends up creating a braided look so it’s great to use with six strands of floss or an even cluster of threads. Variegated thread makes quite a statement using this technique.
This classic stitch covers a line with a diagonal stitch. Take a diagonal stitch across the line bringing your needle up beside the middle of the stitch. Continue to stack the stitches in a line with them all laying side by side. The stem stitch offers more coverage so it is great to lay into a seam line of a border or accent the seam of a binding.
Grab a needle and some fun yarn or floss and start playing today!
Left handed diagrams are shown below.