Embroidery guide – Damask stitch

Damask stitch embroidery often seems shiny and radiant. Damask stitches are primarily used to fill in colored areas, as well as to give them relief. Few stitches in this group are usually used to transfer thin shading transitions, and artistic stitch is the most popular among them. Artistic stitch consists of a single row of stitches of different lengths, partially covered with rails of long stitches.

Shiny threads, such as twisted cotton from the DMC, make the clear accent on the play of light and shadow. Yet the woolen yarn and other threads are also used in artistic embroidery. A smooth fabric among embroiderers is very popular for artistic stitch. The countable fabric is also used by masters.

Although the artistic stitches are quite simple, the quality of the work depends entirely on their careful placement. Pay special attention to the soft line of the edges. The texture of the linear stitches emphasizes the density and smooth surface of artistic stitches.

Make the contour line of the stitching, then fill the motif with a darning-stitch, and embroider with a hemstitch above. This is a way to receive the volumetric hemstitch embroidery.

Variants of the satin stitch include:

  • Bourdon stitch - a tightly spaced, decorative stitch typically used for the decorative purposes.
  • Encroaching satin stitch, in which the top of each row of stitches is set between the bottom of the stitches on the previous row.
  • Padded satin stitch, in which shapes are filled with rows of small running stitches which are then covered with satin stitches.

Damask stitch is widely used in floral motifs. Handmade masters embroider the leaves, the herringbones. The "herringbone" stitch is made with diagonal stitches placed close to each other to fill the motif, crossed stitches are created using crossed strings, you can use it to raise the center of the leaf or the center of another motif.

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