Stitch a Star Two Ways

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Greetings, fellow stitchers! We’re moving right along with the Halloween Stitch-a-Long that started last week.

This fun Halloween project features a Jack-o-Lantern wearing a witch’s hat, and is worked in red DMC Embroidery Floss on evenweave CharlesCraft embroidery fabric.

I’ve finished the embroidery, and as promised, I’m going to show you two different ways to stitch the little 5-point stars in the background area.

To see a larger version of the images while learning either of these stitches, double-click the image.

In the first version (the one I used in my stitched sample), the star is made using an inverted fly stitch, top with a cross bar.

To make it, bring the needle up at the lower left leg of the star and insert it into the fabric at the lower right leg, making a loop.

Tack the loop in place by bringing the needle up at the center of the star and then inserting it at the top of the center arm of the star. This makes an upside-down (inverted) fly stitch.

Make the cross bar by bring the needle up at the left arm and running the needle under the legs made with the fly stitch, and then down at the tip of the opposite arm.

The star can also be made with straight stitches, in a simplified version of an Algerian eye, with the arms and legs of the star radiating to the center.

To make the second version of the star, bring your needle up at the top arm of the star, and then insert it into the center of the star.  Repeat around all 5 arms/legs of the star.

TIP: Don’t tug too tighly when making the second version of the star, or you will have a small hole in the center.

Next week, we’re finishing the pumpkin as a stand-up figure, so get your stitch on!



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  • Irene M.
    September 13th, 2011 8:05 am

    I would have naturally done the second version. I never even thought of the first way to do it. Clever.

  • threeundertwo
    September 13th, 2011 10:33 am

    I never would have thought of the first way either. Now I’m going to try both to see which one I like better.

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