Seriously, how do YOU stitch?
Do you stitch in hand or with a hoop, q-snaps, scroll rods or a frame?
Do you use the stab-n-stick method or the sewing method?
If you use the sewing method, why have you chosen that method?
Do you love stitching with hand-dyed, over-dyed and variegated threads as much as I do?
I normally stitch in hand using the sewing method. For me, stitching in hand came about because I suffer from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and found holding any type of hoop, q-snap or frame very difficult and painful. Often, I'd still have pain and numbness from moving my right hand and arm above and below the fabric for each stitch. I started experimenting with the sewing method. At first, I found I was stitching with a combination of the stab-n-stick and sewing methods. Eventually I became more comfortable with the sewing method and now use it the most. There are still some times when I will use the stab-n-stick method, especially if I'm using a metallic thread or blending filament.
What I like most about the sewing method, besides being the most comfortable way for me to stitch, is that it has a rhythmic flow that I find soothing. Since I stitch for enjoyment and relaxation, the soothing, rhythmic flow is a bonus!
Today, I want to share the way I stitch with the sewing method.
I'm right handed and find it easier to move the needle from the top of the stitch to the bottom of the stitch. The sewing method is most often used when stitching in hand because hoops, q-snaps, scroll rods and frames keep the fabric taut or "drum tight", making it more difficult to move the needle through the fabric in a sewing motion.
When using solid colored threads, I stitch left to right, stitching the bottom leg first and then the top leg from right to left.
Come up at #1
Needle down at #2 and back out at #3.
Needle down at #4 and back out at #5.
Continue until the end of the row.
When using hand-dyed, over-dyed and variegated threads, it is often desirable to form one stitch at a time to maximize the effect of the color changes in the threads.
After using the stab-n-stick method to complete one stitch at a time, I was frustrated because I was having pain and numbness and couldn't really get into a stitching rhythm with it. After playing around with lots of different methods, I finally developed a modified sewing method that is both easy and comfortable for the way I hold the needle and fabric. Mostly, it's what works for me and allows me to stitch in comfort and enjoy a rhythmic stitching pace.
Beginning at the right end of the row and working right to left,
come up at #1
Needle down at #2 and back out at #3
Needle down at #8 and back out at #9
Continue working the stitches in this manner until the end of the row is reached.
When at the left end of the row, simply rotate the fabric so the stitches are upside down and stitch the next row in the same manner.
|In this example, I started with the loop method to secure my thread.|
One thing I will point out is that the thread does still twist with this sewing method so I am conscious to watch the twisting and dangle my needle and thread to let it untwist.
This sewing method is something I came up with after playing around with many different methods and is my own way of working with hand-dyed, over-dyed and variegated threads. I have not ever seen anyone else stitch this way, but I'd love to hear from any of you if you also stitch this way.
I'd also love to hear how this method works for you if you give it a try.