Tutorial: Basic Embroidery Stitches

In this post, you’ll get an idea of how to make some simple embroidery stitches to complete your Canned Pineapples hoop quilt! We’ll cover a back stitch, woven wheel stitch, and a running stitch. I’m not an expert in this realm, but I sure have fun adding these embellishments to my block.

Looking for info on picking fabric colours and how to finish your hoop? Check out these useful posts:

Hoop or Not to Hoop?

Most of us imagine embroidery work is done in a hoop. It makes sense: The fabric is held in place at a consistent tension, just taut enough. I found that since I interface my block before I embroider, it’s possible to skip the hoop since the fabric is stiffened. Up to you – do what feels comfortable for you!

Back Stitch

To create the outline of the jar to “can” your pineapple blocks, you can use a simple back stitch. You will bring your needle up ahead of the stitch and insert back down at the start of the stitch. As always a picture is worth a thousand words.

Back stitch tutorial by 3rd Story Workshop

Three tricks for the best-looking back stitch:

  1. Make the line as straight as possible.
  2. Keep your stitch length as consistent as possible.
  3. Minimize the gaps between each stitch by inserting your needle in the exact same place as you brought the thread up.

Here’s a video of how that all works:

In the pattern, I suggest that you can use a stem stitch if you’re feeling fancy. The outline of the jar lid in this version uses a stem stitch. If you’re interested in learning more about that, join the 3rd Story Workshop Community on Facebook to access a video on how it!

Woven Wheel Stitch

This little round stitch gives a small rosette look and makes the lightning bugs around the central pineapple block ones. You will start with five spokes and weave them in a circular direction. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures (which… it literally is.)

Running Stitch

The simplest of them all, the running stitch is a simple up and down through the fabric in a straight line. For your Canned Pineapples, you’ll go around your woven wheels to get the effect of radiating light!

Above all, have fun with it!

Meet “R”: Typecast Blog Tour

Today is my day on the Typecast of Characters Blog Tour hosted by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio! Today’s instalment is brought to you by the letter “R”.

Typecast R, typography quilt block

Typecast is an alphabet of English paper pieced uppercase letters. Each finishes at 6” x 9”.

I had the privilege of meeting Sheri at QuiltCon in Nashville. Sheri is a graphic designer by training and worked extensively in the museum exhibit design field for a very long time. Her experience and passion for type shows in Typecast.

The letters are made of modular pieces that are used throughout the alphabet. And careful consideration has been paid attention to in the kerning of the letters (spacing between the characters)! This is something that type designers live for…

English paper piecing progress

I chose “R” for no real reason other than I like the letter form. The combination of the curve and the diagonal add movement. It’s not symmetrical along any axis which adds to the dynamism of the shape.

Typecast “R” in Nebulous by 3rd Story Workshop with a white R.

I used my own fabric design printed on Spoonflower fabric. The subtle difference between the lighter parts of the fabric and the white of the “R” make you look a little more carefully at what is going on, both in the shape as well as the fabric.

The Typecast pattern guide and paper packs are available for purchase and all the details can be found at in the Whole Circle Studio shop!

There is lots of inspiration on the blog tour, so check out all the posts from A through Z!

TYPECAST OF CHARACTERS BLOG TOUR