whipping stitch

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A quick and easy one for tonight. Lay your base for this “Whipped Back Stitch” and be sure to use a tapestry needle. A few people have asked for suggestions on how to use these stitches. I promise an example by the end of the week! 👌#HeyPaulTips #embroidery #diy #asmr #stitching #sewing

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invisible hand stitching tutorial!!

So it occured to me that a lot of people don’t know how to do a whip stitch, which is probably my most used hand stitch. It can be used to attach trims, do hems, and sew down edges. I actually use it for all of my hems, because I don’t like seeing a big machine stitching line. But it’s really simple to do!

So here’s your hem, or your two layers in general. If you were actually doing a hem you should serge or double fold the edge, but since it was just a tutorial I didn’t.

Plant your knot under your first layer, and that layer only. This’ll ensure that it’s buried (Do this for basically all hand stitches). Take another stitch through the same place for security.

Now at a 45 degree angle to your hem, take the smallest bite possible out of your second layer, probably only one or two threads, before continuing on into your first layer again. 

This is about what it should look like once you’ve taken multiple stitches. Your stitches don’t have to be super tiny, but they shouldn’t be large enough for anything to get caught in them either. 

When you want to knot off your thread, and I think I tried and failed to illustrate how to do this through pictures, you make a loop in your thread and wrap your needly through it three times, effectively triple knotting it. 

Then you want to bury your tail, taking a stitch back towards your stitching starting from where your knot is. This just ensures that your knot won’t come undone easily. 

This was the other side of my fabric when I was done. Effectively invisible when done correctly!! You can only kinda see where I took stitches. 

I took some bigger bites in the fabric just to illustrate what that would look like, as well. Still better than obvious machine stitches, in my opinion!! If you want to take the time to do it, definitely worth it.

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I decided to whip stitch my African flower hexies together. The result is a very clean, very flat and pretty join. They’re stitched in ‘hexie flower’ groups to make the process more manageable (and more portable.) I can’t wait for the entire blanket to come together so I can curl up under it.

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I’m finally finishing this knitted blanket project that I started about 1.5 years ago! I was undecided about the seam and I wasn’t happy with the crochet or whip stitch seams that I had tested. The crochet seam just didn’t look right and the whip stitch seam wasn’t strong enough. In the end I settled for the mattress stitch seam. Now that I’ve almost finished joining the squares, I started the border. I found this border and clear instructions on how to join it on Paula Fuessle’s YouTube channel last year when I was learning how to attach a border to a shawl. It produces a neat seam and suits the blanket perfectly. I’m also knitting short row corners. EDIT: The yarn is Drops Lima and I used 4mm needles.