Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Stem or Outline Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursday - Stem or Outline Stitch
Sometimes you just want to draw a line from here to there on the surface of the fabric. That's where the Stem or Outline Stitch comes to the rescue. It's a handy stitch for flower stems, of course, but you can also connect tree tops to the ground with this linear stitch. Thus forming the necessary tree trunk.

To delineate one shape from another on your quilt top, run the Outline or Stem Stitch just next to the fabric shape. Chose a thread color that is contrasting in color or value to really make the shape pop.  Or give your tulips a trim and finished look like this guy below using a similar colorway.

Here's how I make my Stem or Outline Stitches: Work from right to left. Insert the needle at B about 1/4" from A. Exit the fabric about half way back to A at C and draw the thread through the fabric. Repeat with C now being point A. Have fun!

1 comment:

Darlee Byron said...

Your designs are so cute!!