Smooth Edges

Sometimes a complex duplicate stitched shape can be difficult to edge. Many angles and curves are clear when the shape is duplicate stiched, but once the chain stitched edging goes on the shape becomes messy and undefined.

In this brief tutorial I will attempt to explain how I chain stitch tricky shapes to retain as much of the intended shape as possible.

In this first photo the chain stitching causes the shape to lose definition. This is because the chaining is done at the outermost points of the duplicate stitched shape. In the left image you can see how the chaining touches the duplicate stitching only at the tips of the /\s and \/s, leaving gaps of green showing through between the yellow shape and the chaining.

In this second example you’ll notice the chaining goes inbetween the /\s and \/s, letting the chaining overlap the tips of the yellow shape. This may seem to be a subtle difference but it can make a huge difference in the whole look of the finished embellishment.

Chain stitching is a matter of trial and error, and seeing what you like. Don’t hesitate to pull it out and give it another go.

I’ve done many embellishments and I cannot recall a single one where I haven’t pulled out part of the chain stitching.

Happy embellishing!

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