Vandyke Stitch is a beautiful stitch that looks pretty amazing when worked on. It is pretty simple and easy to work after you get a hang of it. It resembles a braid.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the Vandyke Stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design. I have used all 6 strands for making this stitch.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the Vandyke Stitch
1. Draw two parallel lines. Start by bringing the thread up at point A. Pull the thread up and insert the needle from point B to point C as shown in the above picture. Point B and point C will be in between the two parallel lines.
2. Bring the thread up at point C now and again insert from point D to point E. Note that Point D will be on the parallel line. Point E will be just beneath point A.
3. Now, without piercing the fabric, pass the needle through the stitch that has formed as shown in the picture above. Check out the video below if you are confused at this step in the picture.
4. You will notice that a braid must have formed at this stage when you passed the needle through the stitch. Next, insert the needle from point F to point G.
5. Again, without piercing the fabric, pass the needle through the stitch on the surface of the fabric.
6. Continue working on the stitch in a similar fashion till the end of the pattern.
Tips for working the Vandyke Stitch
- Drawing 4 lines will help you to work this stitch easily.
- Learning the fishbone stitch will help you with this stitch.
What is this stitch used for?
- This stitch can be used as a filling for any embroidery design.
- It is a great stitch for filling leaves or flowers.
- This stitch gives a raised effect, hence it could be used in a variety of patterns.
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Check out the video tutorial below
So until next time,
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