Embroidery Stitches – Loopy Stitches

This post is part of the Double-faced Hexie Hexalong – for more information please see the Overview.

You may know the Buttonhole or Blanket Stitch, the Feather Stitch or Chain Stitch, or perhaps some other variation – there are so many in this loopy family, and quite a few have several names 🙂

On this page:
The principle of Loopy Stitches
Some examples – with metallic threads on Flower Hexies
An additional tip for embroidering hexies

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The principle of Loopy Stitches

What makes a Loopy Stitch different from other stitches?

After the needle comes out from the fabric, it stays within the loop made by the thread and the thread crosses itself – something we usually try to avoid, but here it’s what we want.

When we pull the thread tight, the loop becomes smaller.

loopy stitches

Some examples – with metallic threads

By the way: Loose, generous Loopy Stitches are great for working with the often difficult metallic threads! And the stiffness of the metallic thread contributes to nice loops 🙂

Blanket Stitch - outwards.
Blanket Stitch – outwards.
Blanket Stitch - inwards.
Blanket Stitch – inwards.
Feather Stitch - first stitch.
Feather Stitch – first stitch.
Feather Stitch - second stitch.
Feather Stitch – second stitch.

An additional tip for embroidering hexies

The centers of the Trefoil, Pinwheel and especially the Flower Hexie are very delicate. They are well protected by a couched coil or fabric-covered button, but if you want for instance to add some sequins or beads, they fray easily.

The remedy is to create a “safety net” of threads that are well anchored in the fabric just outside the center. When attaching the sequins or beads, you can then latch onto those threads.

For creating the safety net, start with a few stitches for instance with the sewing thread, or with the embroidery thread right after you fastened it (see image below – I’ve started stitching the center with metallic thread. The red sewing thread is waiting to attach sequins and beads once the embroidery is done.).

Reinforce center of hexie.
Reinforce center of hexie.

When you finish a “petal”, don’t move on to the adjacent one, but skip one or go across the center. This way you reinforce the network without additional effort. If it looks messy, you’re on the right track 😉

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments.

Have a good weekend 🙂

Maria

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