Friday, August 24, 2012

Long and short stitch direction


My long and short stitch is far from perfect.So, in order to improve on this stitch and to learn more on needle painting, I did some research on the internet and found an exciting article on stitch direction for flowers and leaves.Please click here   to read the article.

  

Although it stated the need to draw circles, that’s not necessary.Just find the point of attachment between the flower/leaf and its stem (point O) and draw straight lines from this point to the outline of the petal/leaf.These are the directional lines when working the long and short stitch.

  

After reading the article, I knew I had to experiment and find out myself if it really works.My first attempt was to embroider a simple leaf and the result is what you see in the picture above.I’ll show you the step by step pictures of this leaf in my next post.
 I found some more great tips from the same website :

*Parallel veined vegetation is the largest exception.(I’m not really sure what it means but I think for leaves with parallel veins, you can’t follow the stitch direction rules and the stitch has to be worked parallel to the veins)
*For turn-over leaf – slant the stitch from the edge in the direction which would reach the center IF THE LEAF WERE LAID OUT SMOOTH.
Well, I’ll love to hear from you.How do you work your long and short stitch?

10 comments:

  1. my 'long and short ' stitch never comes well...waiting for your next post.Certainly going to try.Thanks.

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  2. The leaf looks good Ina.Marking the direction really helps to improve our long 'n' short,isn't it?.If I'm working on a small petal or leaf with more than 3 shades then I mark the end point of each shade.

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    1. You're right, Anita.The direction is important and the one area that I would like to improve is shading because I'm terrible at it.

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  3. wow,it far exceeds my embroidery abilities

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  4. WOW! The leaf looks really good.I am nowhere near that and I am not at all good in long and short stitch.I will follow the directions and try to do my best..Thank you Ina for sharing and also for your comments.Its been a long time since we shared something.Love..

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  5. iam glad seeing the comments of embroidery lovers ina..this article was really a boon for me as well..i know well i have improved lots and lots..i appreciate you for bringing this article to the attention of everybody..let us hope everybody will go through it..

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  6. ohh thank u Ina, for this direction reason, i nearly disposed the beautiful long and short stitch , on some patterns i get a confusion...
    Now with this article i think i can do better...
    I am here only Ina, engaged in some IT related works (a bit of pocket money , hi hi hi ), So i hav kept my needle and thread aside forawhile....hope within one month i can restart my passions..
    When i saw ur comment, actually i donno how to express that feeling, i felt very very happy.....just a few words, but that made my day.....thank u sooo much ....
    Tatz the great thing abt bloging, u get a lot of good friends....
    ll b back soon
    Raji.

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    1. Hope to see you back soon, Raji.

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  7. So beautiful and life like! Thanks for the link. Can't wait to see what else you stitch!

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  8. I've been searching the internet high and low for information on how to draw the directional lines for stitching. Thank you for this! This is exactly the information I was looking for. Thanks for helping myself and others learn the wonderful art of embroidery :))))

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