Stitch Glossary – Hand Sewing (click a stitch below to go right to it)
Sewing Tips (click a stitch below to go right to it)
Open Backstitch – Looks similar to running stitch, but it lays flatter. However, back of work is not the same as front, may not like this stitch if you want a finished look on both front and back. Instructions: Up at 1, move backwards and insert needle down at 2, then forward behind fabric past 1, up at 3.
2. Bring needle down through hole at A, up at D. Pull thread through making second stitch.
3. Continue by bringing needle down through the last hole and up two stitch lengths away.
To finish, simply put needle in last hole to finish last stitch. Needle down at C.
Completed Backstitch below, three stitches illustrated.
Whip Stitch (also called Oversewing) – Use to sew two pieces of felt or fabric together on an edge.
Instructions: Insert needle through both layers of fabric/felt and pull through. Thread down at 1 and out back at 2. Keeping extra thread free and out of the way of next stitch, needle down at 3 and pull through.
Blanket Stitch – Decorative, strong stitch, used to sew two pieces of felt together around edges.
Similar to Whip Stitch above, insert needle from front to back through both layers of fabric at 1. To make the Blanket Stitch, loop extra thread behind needle catching it in stitch, see 2.
Extra thread is caught in stitch making a loop, pull thread until loop of thread lays on top of edge of fabric.
Edge view of Blanket Stitch. There should be a strand of thread running along the edge of fabric.
How to Thread 6 Strands Embroidery Floss
This requires a needle with an eye large enough for 6 strands. Tiny needles made for one strand of thread will not do it.
Take all 6 strands of floss and fold over middle of needle, about 1″ from cut end of floss.
Tighten the fold along needle by pulling on both lengths of floss. Then, slide needle out while keeping fold tight.
Pinch folded floss in fingers while threading needle, threading the folded end through eye.
Pull fold through eye releasing cut end and straighten.