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« on: July 20, 2012 11:44:27 AM »

Maybe you knowledgeable Craftsters can help me out here, because I am going crazy wondering what I'm doing wrong. I'm trying to fill in a couple of cartoon characters with long and short stitch. The area I'm working on is too big for satin stitch or I'd do that. Now, I am only using ONE color (I'm not using long and short stitch for shading, which seems to be where it shines). The problem is, after reading all manner of tutorials and watching several videos (all of which show shading though), I'm unhappy with how my long and short stitch looks on the fabric. It's just so... obvious, I guess. Like, it just looks like little staggered rows of stitches instead of one seamless fill the way I see it in all the pictures of other people's attempts.

Any tips on how to make it look smooth and full? Or, do you have an even better suggestion for a fill stitch to use when only filling in one color? Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012 01:39:34 PM »

Ok, I will do my best to explain how I do it but i'm not good at describing this sort of thing! I find if I do horizontal rows of long and short it has lots of horizontal lines in it but if i work vertically it looks better. So i do a row of back stitch vertically up the area I want to fill then another 'column' of backstich down the area offsetting the stitches with those in the adjacent column (see told ya I was useless at explaining, it would be a damn sight easier if i could SHOW you!) The end result should be the same stitch pattern as long and short but it looks smoother ( I think some people refer to this a brick stitch)
My fave fill stitches though are a) split stitch worked around the outside of the shape then spiraling into the centre or in rows up and down the shape and b) rows of stem stitch again working from the outside it or up and down the shape - obviously in both of these options the rows need to be worked very close together so no fabric shows through
Sorry for the essay- let me know if it doesn't make any sense!

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012 01:00:38 PM »

I too have been looking into long and short stitch to fill up a large area. In my most recent project, I attempted to do a satin stitch vertically - it looked terrible, so I satin stitched over it horizontally, which looked much better. However, I think the next time I have a large area to fill I will try the long and short stitch. I think I understand what Sewphie means by making the rows vertically vs horizontally and I will definitely do that. I would have never thought to use a split stitch to fill a shape - also something worth trying!
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012 11:51:18 AM »

I think I finally got it figured out. What I wasn't doing, and what I somehow missed (I rewatched a video tutorial on needlenthread.com and noticed it this time) is that you're supposed to split your stitches in the previous row. Basically, long and short stitch is a fancy name for doing a bunch of staggered split stitches!

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