One of the most frequest questions I get regarding my video library of hand embroidery stitches is “when are you going to post a long and short stitch video?” And I think that’s a very good question… and here’s my answer!
I’ve tried to make a good video on long and short stitch – actually, I’ve tried it several times. But I haven’t been very satisfied with the results. The way I see it is this: long and short stitch is more than just a stitch. It’s a technique. And there’s quite a difference, you know!
For example, right now I’m editing two stitch videos (well, right now, I’m typing a blog post – but you get my drift…). In less than four minutes each, with a slow-moving, up-close video of the embroidery stitch, I can explain to you all the moves in the stitches, and then I can repeat them for you several times, so that you get it. No biggie.
But with long and short stitch, it’s a bit different. It’s more than “moves” – stitch angle, length, depth, color change, etc. are all important when considering long and short stitch. And to get this across in a video alone is somewhat difficult. And long and short stitch is not usually isolated – it’s usually combined with other stitches to make the whole design or picture. Needle painting, thread painting, soft shading techniques – whatever you want to call it – uses more than just long and short stitch.
Sooooooooooooooo…. to make the long story short….
What I was thinking about doing is a kind of stitch along lesson or project, only you don’t have to stitch along if you don’t want to – and once the lessons are posted, they’ll always be here, so you can always pick them up or put them down whenever you want.
But my thought was to take a simple pattern from here on Needle ‘n Thread, repost it in a cleaned up version as “step one,” and then to go from pattern to completion, with all the steps in between – coloring the pattern; marking stitch direction, shading spots, etc.; deciding on stitches, selecting supplies and making a list; preparing materials (including pattern transfer), and then the stitching – through the whole project – step-by-step – accompanied by several videos, and lots of photos, to work through the whole technique.
The individual lessons would be far enough spaced (not posted every day – I’m thinking once a week) that anyone who wanted to stitch along would have time to gather supplies, catch up on each step, etc., without having to really break your regular routine much. And we’d work in small-ish increments.
It would not be a complicated project – something simple and not too dimensional, to show how the basic techniques of thread painting work.
And finally, I’d post a photo gallery of the finished projects, if people wanted to share them.
But I thought I’d poll the audience for your thoughts on this:
1. Is it something stitchers would be interested in?
2. Is it something that people would actually stitch along with simulataneously? Or do you think people would prefer to watch the lessons unfold, just to see what they’re like, and then take them up if it grabs their interest?
3. Is it something other readers who aren’t interested in the technique might get bored with, when they see the lessons popping up regularly?
4. Do you see any pitfalls or anything that I might be missing? My personal biggest pitfall will be the time involved, but that’s something I can overcome with planning and organization. But is there anything else I’m missing?
Let me know you’re thoughts – are you interested?!!