Shirley the Elephant: Dictionary of Stitches and Techniques



This dictionary gives you the stitches and techniques for Shirley the Elephant, the fifth project in the Crewel Creatures book.  If you would like to order this dictionary along with the full kit, you can do so here.

In it you will find video clips of all the stitches and techniques used in these designs.  Along with each video clip on the tuition page there is a downloadable and printable document that gives you step-by-step written instructions with illustrations.

Each video clip is worked as a sample stitch or technique on a shape (usually a circle) or a line.  The downloadable instructions include a template for the shapes, or they set out the length of the line you should draw on your doodle cloth when you experiment with the stitch or technique.  Apart from the 3-dimensional beaded elements, all of the samples are worked with thicker thread and larger beads than those used in the project.  This is for the sake of clarity, so that you will see exactly how each stitch is formed.  When attempting the techniques, particularly those that are challenging, it is advised that you do so on a doodle cloth using the same thread and/or beads, which are mentioned in the short paragraph below each video clip.  Do each one as many times as you like, perhaps changing to finer thread and smaller beads.  When you feel that you understand what you are doing, you can move onto the project.

If you would like to see samples of similar video clips and downloadable instructions, visit our free access pages here or here.  Click on any of the stitches on those pages and you will be taken to a page that, in each instance, is similar to the stitches and techniques in this dictionary (if a bit shorter and more simple) .  As it happens, some of them feature in this dictionary because they feature in this project.

Divided into categories and thereafter listed alphabetically, the stitches and techniques in the video dictionary are as under:

Embroidery Stitches

Backstitch with variations
Battlement Couching
Blanket and buttonhole stitch
Blanket stitch: padded & striped
Bullion knots with variations
Chain stitch with variations
Detached buttonhole stitch
Detached chain stitch with variations
Fly stitch with variations
French & colonial knots with variations
Heavy chain stitch
Long and short stitch shading
Outline stitch
Raised Stem Stitch
Satin stitch
Trellis couching basic
Trellis couching with cross stitch filling
Trellis with cross stitch couching (shaded)
Vermicelli couching: single, double and shaded

Bead Embroidery Stitches

Attaching beads to fabric
Bead couching
Bead lazy daisy stitch
Caged crystals
Linked daisy chain braid

3-Dimensional Bead Embroidery

Whether you are right handed or left handed, the bead work videos cater for you by providing video clips and instructions for both.

4-bead flower – right handed and left handed
6-bead flower – right handed and left handed

Attaching 3-D elements – right handed and left handed

Needle Weaving

In addition to the patterns listed below, you will find a link to a document that explains all the ins and outs of using modified loom weaving patterns for needle weaving.

Basic needle weaving
Checks & stripes no. 1
Texture no. 2

Needle Lace Techniques

In addition to the stitches listed below, you will find a link to a document that explains all the ins and outs of using needle lace techniques as embroidery stitches.

The Needle Lace Shirley filler

When you order this dictionary, our website will email you the access document to the private domain where you will find this dictionary.  If you order it with the full kit, your kit will be shipped to you but the access document will still arrive by email.  This is because you will need to click on the link provided in the document which will take you to the tuition page.  Which you can do manually but, when you get there, you will be asked for a password and that’s not so easy to type in.  I’ve had lots of fun making up the passwords and you will need to copy and paste them into the little box that asks for the password.  It will be all but impossible to do it any other way.

You will also receive a templates document.  All of the templates are the same shape and size as those used in the video demonstration so that if you choose to, you can work identical samples.

The intention of this video dictionary is to provide you with as much instruction as is possible, without physically being in the same room as you and teaching you in person.