This week I decided to spruce up my winter fairy pattern ready for the colder weather (hopefully not too soon!). I wanted a filler stitch for the blue embroidered version of the fairy and decided on long short stitch.
Long short stitch is often used for colour changes in embroidery (as I'll show in a sample below) but it's also useful for areas that are too big for satin stitch such as my fairy's dress. I love the repetitive nature of stitching the dress (not least because I am reading slow stitch by Clare Wellesley - Smith at the moment).
So here is a little tutorial for this simple filler stitch
It begins with the foundation row. Simply alternate long and short stitches along this row. The long stitches should be about twice as big as the short stitches.
That was the most difficult part. Now simply stitch long stitches above the short stitches, leaving a gap between each as above.
and you just continue in this way
until you are done.
If you are stitching a curved shape you begin in the same way
with your long short foundation row
as you continue you curve the stitches slightly at the edges so they meet at the top acting like one stitch for the next row.
This way you can follow the curve of the edge with the stitching.
I love the effect of this stitch, it's so like knitting, my next favourite type of stitching.
For those who have the winter fairy pattern these are the blues that I used for the blue fairy
DMC 3760 dark blue
DMC 747 paler blue
DMC S415 and DMC E168 for the sparkly satiny wings
DMC 3799 for the face etc.