As part of the Summer Stitch along, I wanted to share some ideas for stitching stems.
You can use the whip stitch that I shared in this post, but it’s kind of fun to mix it up a little. The photo below shows how the whip stitch looks on a stem.
One of the stitches that use most often is the back-stitch. The photos below show several examples of how I used it. In the photo directly below, you can see the back-stitch on the green stem and on the inside edge of the red flower.
One thing I want to point out about using the back-stitch on a stem like this – It is best if you do this stitch on wool felt, not felted wool. The edges are not secured at all, so if you use felted wool, the edges will fray. If it’s felt, you don’t have to worry about it. (to read about the difference between wool felt and felted wool, click here.
This photo also shows the backstitch on the stem. I also used the stitch on the center of the leaf, combined with a long stitch and French knot.
This photo shows have using a variegated thread dressed up that backstitch on the stem and makes it a little more interesting. I also used the backstitch to attach the center part of the orange jack o lantern flower.
Lastly, this photo shows a little bit of black stitch mixed in with the other stitches.
The backstitch is very easy to do, as you can see in the photo below.
And – I almost hate to admit this, but if you like this look and you are in a hurry, you can create the look of this hand stitch very easily on your machine. See the chevron design, the center of the snowflake, the green and red star design, and the red serpentine line in the photos below. They are all done with my sewing machine. I used a heavy thread (by Dual Duty, see this post) and a size 16 needle. (the ornaments are from my Mod Ornaments pattern in the Joyful Stitcher book.
Another fun stitch to try is a variation on the whip stitch that I talked about at the top of this post. It’s the same steps, you just slant the stitch as shown below and adjust the width of the stitch so that it is the same width as the stem (this works well with skinny stems 1/4″ – 3/8″).
When finished, the stem looks like this:
You can also repeat the slanted whip stitch, this time crossing over the other direction to make an X. When repeated, the stitch looks like this:
As shown in the Gypsy Star quilt from the Joyful Stitcher book.
I hope that gives you some ideas of stitches to try!
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