Saturday, November 19, 2011

Different types of stitches

I'm a big fan of creating tissue boxes, but the problem is that making the same half stitch over and over again is both a long and tedious project. By using different styles of stitches, you can create some exciting new projects for just about anything. I always start with my basic design first and then stitch around it. Let's have a look:

The beaded tent stitch:
Adding beads to your work is something people do not think of too often. By adding beads you can create dimension and cool designs.

Here's an example of the application of this technique. I changed the bead and alternated colors, but you get the idea:

The scottish stitch creates a pop square look.

And here is the Cushion Stitch (aka Squares Stitch)

And here's the application of the Scottish and Cushion Stitch

The weaving stitch is great for making a basket type look

The last stitch that makes for amazing design is the lattice stitch. This is a complicated stitch that can really mess with your mind as you work on it, but the end result is gorgeous.

Here is the final side of my tissue box with the lattice stitch. You can see the weaving stitch on the top.

As you can see, using different stitches in tandem with main designs can create exciting new work. Here are some other helpful bits of information:

Helpful links:
Pretty Impressive Stuff - has an entire database about stitches with some very clear pictures.
The Stitch Guide - is also a great source for plastic canvas connoisseurs.
Plastic Stitch Dictionary - can be found at most craft stores. This is the book I use and it's wonderful!


  1. Awesome explanation! I love how you showed a sample square and then how you used that stitch in the tissue box. Very cute project!

  2. Wow, those are so cute! I don't do much sewing, but that's adorable! Great post :)

    Erin from BloggingBuddies :)