Doing a few changes in your embroidery can make a huge difference. And stitches play a significant role in the overall look of the design and patterns.
Small stitches look cute, and large stitches look more dominant and impressive. In this blog, we will talk about giant stitches. We will discuss everything you need to know about giant stitches. Let’s dive into the topic.
Giant stitching is easier than you might think. The technique for large stitching requires some simple equipment along with your favourite stitches.
When was the last time you were able to count the stitch number of your embroidery design? With giant stitches, you can cover a large area with only a few stitches. You might be thinking that a large design, for instance, 4in X 7in piece of embroidery will have many stitches. But this isn’t the case with giant stitches. In fact, this method is less time-consuming. You only need to follow some tips to get fine results, and that will help you in the long run.
The Equipment Your Need
- An embroidery hoop 10-12”
- A colorful embroidery floss
- Your preferred fabric (Aida, burlap, linen etc.)
As with any other project, it is important to have the right equipment. However, the equipment needed for giant stitching is not too different from what you usually use, yet are a little bigger.
Get a fabric with a large weave that can pass a thick thread or yarn through it with ease. Osnaburg is a good fabric option. It is soft and works well. Burlap is another option and is ideal for giant stitching. Even some linen types work well. The point to note here is to look for something having space between weft and wrap.
It might be enticing to work with a gigantic hoop, but we recommend you to stick with the extra-large standard embroidery hoop. A 10-12in is good. You will need to move the hoop around while working.
It is always better to have a bigger thread for giant stitching. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the thread, the better it is for stitching. You can use yarns of different types. Tapestry wool and embroidery threads are also a good choice, whereas Perle cotton works best. And it would be more feasible if you can find one with large numbers.
Regardless of what you choose, if your Needle and fabric can support it, you can use more than one “strand” for thickening the lines.
Choose a needle which you can easily thread with any thread type you use. A point to note: the needles should be able to go through the threads of the fabric without piercing them. A good option is chenille and darning needles.
How to do Giant Stitching?
Thread Your Needle
Firstly, thread your Needle. Your thread or yarn is going to have a lot of wear and tear. It is a good practice to start with a 24in of thread as even the strongest fabric will lose its strength with time. You might want to use an 18in depending on the equipment. It is not necessary to have a longer thread just because the stitching is larger.
Make A Knot
A knot helps start and end when you are working for a giant embroidery project. It might not seem to be as useful as other tips and techniques, but it certainly makes the work less frustrating.
Focus on Your Stitching
As a general rule of thumb, focus on making the Needle pass through the weave and fabric. The gaps between the weft and wrap give the thread, Needle or yarn more space and put less stress and wear on the thread.
You will need to wiggle the Needle every time you take a stitch. Be cautious and don’t pull. It might break the fabric threads.
Many of the embroidery stitches are compatible with giant embroidery. Start stitching with the basic ones and then move further.
Double Your Stitch Length
If you want to make your stitching larger, the easiest way is to do this is to make the stitches themselves larger. This way, you are most likely to double your stitch length, and if the material has less contact with it, you can go further. Make sure that the stitches won’t snag.
If you don’t want longer stitches, you can try the same technique with couching. You can make the tacking stitches with the same yarn or thread you are using with a few matching embroidery floss strands.
Don’t Frustrate. Stitch As Like You Do
There is no need to panic. Stitch normally, but with one exception. When making satin stitches, usually you will come up and go back down on the opposite sides of the filling area. When it comes to giant stitching, you need to come upon the same side with which you went down. Each satin stitch needs to be right next to the previous stitch. This will help you to prevent puckering of the fabric.
This is all you may need to know about giant stitching. If you have any questions about the topic, or in particular about embroidery, feel free to reach out to us at Migdigitizing. We will be happy to assist you.