Hello foxy people! Needles at the ready for colour number 2. You will be using back stitch, stem stitch and satin stitch. After almost a fortnight of battling through a nasty cold, my voice is still somewhere between a pubescent thirteen year old boy and a barking seal. I was hoping for sexy husky but no such luck. So I’m going to have to handball the satin stitch tutorial over to sublime stitching until I’m able to make a video. Sublime Stitching Satin Stitch Tutorial
Rainbow bright – 1304 olive
Rainbow pastel – 1205 Cottonwood
Fresh modern – 803 Pea Soup
On trend – 1203 Blue Cypress
Shabby Chic – 2201 Tinkerbell
Mud pie – 315 Tea Party
Jewel – 1202 Dark Yew
Aubergine – 1203 Blue Cypress
Rainforest – 210 Tropic Sea
All stitching is made with 2 strands of thread. We start with a tiny back stitch approximately 1mm in length (easier to stab stitch this small a stitch) on the leaves near his ear. Stab stitching is where you work from the top and underside of the fabric, passing the needle through the top and pulling it from the underneath, creating a stitch in two actions, rather than travelling across the surface and making a complete stitch in one action.
The leaves above his back leg are stitched with stem stitch on the outline and the spine. Only a single straight stitch is made where the line jumps in to create the points on the outline of the leaves. The veins are stitched with the very small back stitch as with the leaves near his ear. The reason I have chosen to do a tiny back stitch is because of the texture it gives. You may prefer to make a larger stitch, it’s entirely up to you.
The last section for colour No.2 is the row of small leaves continuing from the line of his back paw. The stem is stitched in stem stitch (how very fitting) and the leaves in satin stitch. I do not outline my shape with back stitch prior to filling with satin stitch but this is something you may like to experiment with on your scribble cloth, especially if you haven’t stitched much satin stitch before. When stitching with satin stitch, lay your thread down next to the stitch you’ve just made, to see where you need to re-enter your needle into the fabric. It’s easy to assume you need to go right next to the previous stitch but you need to take into consideration the width of the two strands of threads once they are laying on the fabric. This is why I like to take my stitches ever so slightly away from the previous stitch, even if it is just one further thread in the weave of the fabric. Make sure your threads are not twisted together as you’re working, stopping every now and again to untwist them. You want your threads to lay next to each other, not twisted. When you’ve finished each leaf, run the tip of your needle on the fabric next to the stitches, this can help to pull them into line and behave themselves.