Learn hand embroidery. Watch a step-by-step demonstration of the drizzle stitch as seen in the December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting,

October 13, 2016

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TRANSCRIPT:Hi, I'm Linda with American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, bringing you some stitches to savor brought to you by designer Sue Spargo. Today we're going to learn the drizzle stitch. The drizzle stitch is a very dimensional stitch since it's a wrapped stitch, so it's great for linear designs. Basically, you cast on stitches to your needle to make your stitches extend out from the fabric. The thickness of the thread and the number of cast-ons determines the length of your stitch. So, let's get started. To begin the drizzle stitch, bring your needle up from the back of your work. Then insert the point of your needle into the fabric next to where that thread is emerging. Now, I've put a pincushion under my embroidered surface so that the point of the needle is anchored a little more, so it offers me some stability as I work. Now comes what will seem like the strange part: you're going to unthread your needle. You're going to pick the thread up over your right index finger and around. Then you're going to bring that loop on to your needle, slide it down, and tighten. Again, pick that thread up, holding it taut with your left hand, picking it up with your finger, coming around, bringing that loop on to the needle, and tightening. Depending on how long you want that drizzle stitch to be, you make as many cast-ons as you needle. Then I'm going to thread my needle again. And I'm going to go back in, holding that thread again taut. Going back into the fabric and pull through. And there's my little dimensional stitch. You can see it twists a little bit when you go through. And that is how you make a drizzle stitch.