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Daisychain Sampler "A" Part II

Ok, ok.  Satin stitch, here I come.  And I'm going to do it right.  The sampler is coming along so nicely I don't want to spoil it with a sloppy satin stitch so here's my plan.

I learned this trick a long time ago.  If you outline the object that is to be "satined" with a backstitch (some people recommend a split stitch) first, and then satin OVER the outline to hide it, the edges where your needle goes in and out will look much smoother. 

I hate doing is extra step because it's work NO one will EVER see.  It almost feels like a waste of time. 

Until you actually DO it and then see how nicely your stitches turn out.

All right, all right.  I'll stop complaining now.

Time to get knotty ... Colonial Knot-ty, that is.  ;)

Ok.  Totally worth the extra work.  :)

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Reader Comments (29)

Wow, what a satin soft super sweet flower! Never ever tell me that you can't do satin stitch;-)

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHildy

Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE IT! I need to start mine. I am doing a craft show on Dec 3 so I am trying to get things made up for that. Kind of my way of making some extra money and cleaning out my stash!!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Russett

beautiful beautiful...and thanks for the good tip! i'll have to try it when i ever decide to pull mine out ;)

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

WOW! You did a beautiful job on the satin stitch petals. And I love those colonial knots;)
Take care,
Carole Y.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarole Y.

What a lovely "a"...........guess you can satin stitch after all!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarge

Gorgeous! Almost makes me want to take up embroidery. :) If I ever do, I will undoubtedly refer back to your posts for the tips!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly

It looks gorgeous!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjacque

so very very pretty!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

You did a beautiful job on the flower petals! So - this is a stitch I could actually learn to do???

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermary

This is beautiful! When you start talking about all the different stiches I just hear Charlie Brown's mom's voice. SAdly I have NO idea what you are talking about. :-) BUT, it is beautiful and if I ever get the nerve to do embroidery - you're my gal!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Definitely worth the effort! I shall have to remember the tip about outlining the shape, should I ever manage to fit in time to do some embroidery!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfrayedattheedge

Wow - I LOOOVE IT! What a difference - didn't know that little secret.

You're sampler is turning out so pretty.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

Wow, that looks great! Thanks for the good tip.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Beautiful!! ;0

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterina

Very very pretty, welcome back xxx
Hugs from over sea's
Vikki xxx

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVikki

Are the Colonial knots really extra work though? Because when I do French knots, I spend forever fighting with the floss and swearing... if the knot works the first time, every time, I think I'd SAVE time (and work)!

The satin stitching looks LOVELY, too!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

ok....I've been lurking for a while and I'm popping in to say how much I enjoy your blog. LOVE the sampler and plan to do one after the holidays are over...thanks for sharing your beautiful work and inspiring me so much, as well as so many others. I love the humor that pours through your posts. Have a wonderful end to your week and thanks for sharing.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Q

Oh that is truly lovely. You do such expert work! I want to do embroidery now! I feel ADHD in my sewing room... flitting from this to that...every post makes me want to create! Love it! You do such beautiful work! A true artist! Have a great day! :O) Hugs, Bari Jo

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

I have been loving and admiring your sampler since the beginning. I have even been tempted to get one for myself. I am serious now that I see how easily you made the satin stitch. I never knew that "trick". Awesome!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercindy

I can't believe you doubted yourself. All of your work is incredible!! I knew you'd do a beautiful job. It is "pretty by hand". Congrats!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Your satin stitches look awesome! We are our own worst critics. Another trick is to "railroad" your stitches, but from looking at your stitches I think you already know that trick, too!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Festidious! That's what your satin stitch is - your sampler is really coming along. LOVE it! Really appreciated your blog on your fun market trip. Thanks too for the link to the Colonial stitch. Good stuff!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPolly

Nice! That's a lot of needlework here. You did a really great job on the flower. Thanks for the tip!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorene | Poster Printing

Totally worth the extra work - someone told me that tip a few yeas ago and it saved my sanity.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlynda

It's beautiful! You make me think I could do it, too (although for now, I won't).

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie R.

Definitely worth the effort!

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArchie the wonder dog

Thanks for the great satin stitch tip! Love your photos from market, too. I just recently restored a grandmother's flower garden that looked exactly like the first one you show with the mint green.

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

PS - I had to do the satin stitch yesterday and this post with the tip to outline first helped SO MUCH! Thank you!!!

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermary
I know this is an older post, but here's a tip for beautiful satin stitches: Use only one ply of floss. If you use one ply, you don't get the wonky tanglies when floss decides not to line-up correctly. I know it might be more time consuming, but the result is TOTES worth it! I used to cringe when I knew a pattern suggested a satin stitch until I learned about the one-ply method. I hope this helps somebody!
October 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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