I finally got around to Lesson 3! Please excuse the dorkiness factor of my videos. They are my very first, plus, well, I am a dork so it comes with the territory!
Stitch School: Lesson 1
Stitch School: Lesson 2
After the last 2 lessons, you should have your pattern transferred to your fabric and your fabric should be secured in your embroidery hoop. Now we're ready to start stitchin'!
Begin by threading the needle with an arm's length of embroidery floss. You may choose to separate the strands of floss so you you can stitch with fewer than 6 stands. For instructions on how to do this, view the first video (below) or check out this link. You can knot the end of the floss but it's just as easy to stitch without knots at the back of your work. For more info on how to do this, view the first and last videos or visit this link, this link, or this link.
* Remember, a lot of these techniques can be done in different ways. That's why I am including lots of links — to help you find the right way for YOU!
* LEFTIES, halt! If you are left-handed, you might find my diagrams confusing. Sublime Stitching has some wonderful diagrams for lefties. While you are at it, check out their right-handed diagrams as well!
Also check out the back stitch on the Early Bird Special blog.
Also check out the split stitch on the Early Bird Special blog.
Also check out the satin stitch on the Stitch School blog.
Also check out French knots on the Stitch School blog.
this link and this link. Submersive Cross Stitch is a great resource and if you are looking to do more cross-stitching, there are some great patterns for sale on Etsy.
I don't use this one very much so I'm going to send you straight to the expert! Check out the stem stitch on the Early Bird Special blog.
While working on these tutorials, I was pointed to an excellent resource — the Stitch School blog! This Stitch School is run by Janet McCaffrey of Primrose Design. For alternate diagrams of these stitches (and for more advanced stitches), check out the Stitch School blog!
Stay tuned for the 4th and final lesson. I've got lots of great ideas and resources coming up!