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Stitch Dictionary Page

Created in this Craftsy Course

Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? This is a simple machine stitch dictionary that I worked on to describe the stitches available for my sewing machine. I used feathered friends hex fabric for the edge/binding, semi solid gray fabric for the page, and cream thread / blue-green thread for the stitches.

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What are you most proud of? Sorry, but the photos are a bit blurry.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun with it :) My little 10-year-old boys made a page like this with me; it was a great way to teach them the basics of threading the machine, winding the bobbin, and feeding the fabric through the machine.

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Fun! I love the fact you are teaching your kids!

06/22/2013 Flag

Seeing the various ways the "stitch bible" is executed is motivating for me to get started. Thanks! I'm glad you added the idea of your 10-year olds doing this. I am planning to have art classes for my grandchildren this summer. This would be a great starting point for quilting

06/23/2013 Flag

Yes, jump in and get started! This project is such a good ice-breaker when it comes to a sewing machine, because it's easy to do the stitches, and you can focus on learning (or teaching) the basics of threading the machine and winding the bobbin. And it's so hard to make a real mistake. My children and I all immediately felt successful. It's a perfect first/exploratory project, and a great way to get comfortable with your machine if it's new or you've been away from machine sewing for a while.

06/28/2013 Flag

This looks great! What a great idea to involve your sons. I love how you did the edge binding, too.

06/23/2013 Flag

Thanks so much! I didn't originally plan on involving my kids, but one of them appeared behind me, watching what I was doing (he isn't usually like that!). He appeared so interested that I asked him if he wanted to help, and he loved the idea. My other one soon wanted a turn, and it became a group project. The edge is a simple quilting binding. Fold a 2 1/2" stip of cloth in half, press, machine stitch like another layer of the "sandwich." Then stretch the finished fabric over the edge of the sandwich and hand-stitch on the back.

06/28/2013 Flag

I like "dictionary". I also love that you are teaching your boys. My kids weren't too interested when small, but my son is a great appreciator of my sewing art, and my 31 year-old daughter is now getting sewing lessons. Gotta pass it on!

06/23/2013 Flag

Yes, the term "Bible" doesn

06/28/2013 Flag

Yes, the term "Bible" doesn't do much for me, and I definitely don't want to use that term around my children. So mine is a "dictionary" - but sampler might be a better term. I'm glad your kids are supporting and appreciating your work. That's wonderful!

06/28/2013 Flag