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« on: May 14, 2011 05:36:33 PM »

The Split Stitch is by far my favorite stitch. It is very versatile serving as outline and filler. It works well as detail or in large fill if the lines of stitching are worked very close to one another. I think this was the first stitch that my granma taught me all those years ago. Smiley


http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn159/bajita42/Stitch%20Tutorials/split4.jpg

As always, start with your design on your fabric and the fabric in the frame of your choice.


Step 1

Pull your thread up from the back of the fabric.
http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn159/bajita42/Stitch%20Tutorials/outline1.jpg


Step 2


Make a stitch into the fabric (similar to start of back stitch at this point) and then bring the needle back out of the fabric.

(I've made these stitches much larger than I would ever use them in an embroidery piece so that you can see the stitch progress.)

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn159/bajita42/Stitch%20Tutorials/split1.jpg



Step 3



Go back to the previous stitch placing the needle in the middle of it which is "splitting" the stitch. Unless you are working with only 2 strands of thread, don't worry about splitting the stitch perfectly even especially if you are using this stitch as a filler. Smiley

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn159/bajita42/Stitch%20Tutorials/split2.jpg

Step 4


Passing the needle underneath the fabric, bring the needle back out on your design line.

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn159/bajita42/Stitch%20Tutorials/split3.jpg


Continue splitting and stitching and you are doing the SPLIT STITCH!

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn159/bajita42/Stitch%20Tutorials/split4.jpg


Troubleshooting

My stitches look sort of angular or chunky going around a curve.

Whenever working around a curve, short your stitches. The tighter the curve, the shorter your stitches need to be to make it look smooth.

My fabric is puckering in between the stitches!

Pay attention to how hard you are pulling your thread when the needle comes back through the fabric. You might be pulling it too tight. Also, if you are working with several strands of floss, you might need to use a larger eyed needle. If your needle "pops" as it is passing through the fabric, your needle's eye is too small which is making you jerk it to pull the thread through possibly causing the puckering.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011 02:26:48 PM »

bookmarked both ur stitch tuts
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2011 12:15:11 PM »

this is like a chain stitch right?
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011 06:09:08 PM »

It appears to to look like the chain, but isn't.

In chain, you loop the thread around and then tack it down. With split, your needle is passing through (splitting) the thread while doing the stitch. They can look very similiar though.

Give me a minute and I'll work up a sample of the two side by side. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011 04:11:32 AM »

i think from now on i will try the split stitch. it looks waaaay easer then chain.
or maybe its just me, i had to really concentrate when doing the chain
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011 03:04:48 AM »

I think split is easier than chain because split isn't as dependent on your tension to look good. What's really fun with split is that once you feel comfortable with it, you can do shading by changing shades of color and you can also do textures like ripples in fabric or waves in a girl's hair.

Sorry about the delay in getting this pic to you. This week has ran over me at work but I'm beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel! Smiley

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn159/bajita42/IMG_0834.jpg

The top line is the split and bottom the chain. You can see how much more open the chain is. HTH!
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2011 10:38:25 AM »

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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