Hand Embroidery – Insertion Stitch Samples.
A = Herringbone Insertion. B = Knotted Herringbone Insertion. C = Laced Blanket Stitch. D = Italian Insertion Stitch. E = Chevron Stitch. F = Buttonhole Stitch Insertion Variation. G = Running Stitches Laced With Cross Stitches.
Various decorative machine stitches used as insertion stitches.
Simple Counterchange – Sample 1
Bonded felt. Shapes inserted using antique seam. Squares edged with blanket stitch and laced to join.
Complex Counter - interchange – Sample 2
I find the antique seam insertion method is particularly useful for joining small, complex shapes like this as it is neat and unobtrusive. I have used the same stitch to join the four squares vertically and horizontally and blanket stitch to edge the whole sample.
Complex Interchange – Sample 3
Cut and fold shapes cut from fabric and bonded to felt – further cross shape cut from both shapes then swapped and inserted into opposite negative space.
I used a three stage machine zigzag stitch to insert the central cross shapes – the cross shape used has small square negative spaces at each ‘arm’, the machine stitching inserts the shape securely whilst allowing this area to remain visible. This can be seen in the close up image below.
The four squares have been joined with the same machine zigzag stitch and running stitches have been added to highlight parts of the design.