Today let’s learn straight stitch variation and slanting satin stitch.
1. The cluster which is marked as ‘I’ and the three clusters on either side of 'P1' in the design (refer stitch guide) has to be completed with straight stitch variation.
2. The leaves which are marked as ‘G’ in the design and green coloured in your stitch guide (refer stitch guide) has to be completed with slanting satin stitch.
STRAIGHT STITCH VARIATION
To practice straight stitch variation trace design no.12 from the practice designs onto your doodle cloth, follow the instructions below and stitch.
NOTE: THIS STITCH IS ALWAYS WORKED AS A CLUSTER, EITHER 3 STITCHES OR 5 STITCHES ARE WORKED TO CREATE A LEAF SHAPE.THE MOST COMMON ONE IS 5 STITCHES CLUSTER WHICH IS SHOWN BELOW.THE LINE IN DESIGN NO.12 IN PRACTICE DESIGN INDICATES THE FIRST STITCH OF STRAIGHT STITCH VARIATION.
Step 1: Bring the needle and thread up at ‘a’. Go back down at ‘b’ which is indicated by an arrow. Come up at ‘c’.
Step 2: Go back down at ‘d’.
Step 3: Come up at ‘e’.
Step 4: Go back down at ‘f’.
Step 5: Come up at ‘g’, go back down at ‘d’, come up at ‘h’, go back down at ‘f’.
Complete the cluster which is marked as ‘I’ and the three clusters on either side of 'P1' in the design (refer stitch guide) with straight stitch variation.
Note: There are 3 tiny lines on either side of ‘P1’ in your stitch guide, those tiny lines indicate the placement of a cluster (straight stitch variation) and it doesn’t represent the actual stitch size.
Your completed straight stitch variation has to be like this-see image below.
SLANTING SATIN STITCH
In Indian surface embroidery satin stitch is used in four different ways- Horizontal, vertical/straight, slanting and surface.In Chikan embroidery slanting satin is used often,sometimes vertical satin is used.But horizontal and surface satin are used in other Indian embroidery not in chikan embroidery.
To practice this slanting satin stitch trace design no.10 from the practice designs onto your doodle cloth, follow the instructions below and stitch.
Step 1: Work a row of running stitches on the outline starting from ‘a’.
Step 2: Come up at ‘a’.
Step 3: Go back down at ‘b’, come up at ‘c’, go back down next to ‘b’ on the left side
The white line indicates the direction of the second stitch.
Step 4: Complete the left side like this, see the above image.
Step 5: Come up at ‘d’, go back down next to ‘b’ on the right side, continue like this and complete the right side.
Complete the leaves which are marked as ‘G’ in the design (refer stitch guide) with slanting satin stitch –see the image below.
Notice the angle of the stitches in each leaf and complete yours.
Complete the tiny stems of these leaves with stem stitch.
Hope these instructions are clear. Please do let me know if I need to add any info in my instructions.
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