THE BRAID STITCH

Thought it might be fun to learn a new stitch today called the BRAID STITCH. As the name suggests, it is a stitch with a braid-like appearance. The suggested thread for this stitch is a perle thread (one that is not multi stranded and does not untwist ) but I tried it anyway with a stranded thread and it still looked good. I think what makes a big impact with this stitch is the width. If you are using a thinner thread, adjust your width a little smaller and conversely, if you are using thicker thread make the width a littler bigger to accommodate the thickness of the thread. Probably easier to show you so let’s get started!

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To get started, get a scrap piece of fabric to practice on. I used a piece of unbleached cotton muslin. Place it in a wooden hoop and adjust the edges to make the fabric nice and tight. Use a pencil or fabric marker to mark two parallel lines. I labelled them “A” and “B” for easy reference.

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Make a loose loop around the needle with your working thread.

Make a loose loop around the needle with your working thread.

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Make sure your thread is behind the needle as you pull it through to make the first stitch which will look like the loopy knot below.

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For this example I used three stranded thread and my width was about 1/4 of an inch.

For this example I used three stranded thread and my width was about 1/4 of an inch.

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I tried making the width a little bigger but it didn’t have the braid effect so I tried it on the 1/4 inch width with much better results.

I tried making the width a little bigger but it didn’t have the braid effect so I tried it on the 1/4 inch width with much better results.

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Once you get the hang of the motion of the stitch, try experimenting with different threads and widths. It really is such a pretty stitch for outlines.

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I really love the variegated thread with this stitch! Pretty fun way to make lettering, too!

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Well I sure hope you enjoyed learning this new stitch as much as I have and I hope you have fun experimenting!

Thanks for stopping by!

Warmly,

Pam