Tony the Lion: Dictionary of Stitches and Techniques



In this dictionary you will find video clips of all the stitches and techniques used in this design.  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.  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 (if a bit shorter and more simple) in this dictionary.  As it happens, some of them feature in this dictionary because they feature in this design.

Divided into categories as they appear in the booklet that accompanies your kit, the stitches and techniques in the video dictionary are as under:

Embroidery Stitches

Backstitch with variations
Padded & striped blanket stitch
Blanket and buttonhole stitch
Buttonhole stitch eyelets
Chain stitch with variations
Interlaced chain stitch with variations
Eye stitch filler
Knotted pearl stitch with stripe variation
Long and short stitch shading
Outline stitch
Raised chain stitch (woven)
Satin stitch
Trellis couching basic
Trellis with cross stitch couching (shaded)
Vermicelli couching: single, double and shaded
Wheatear stitch with variations

Bead Embroidery Stitches

Attaching beads to fabric
Beaded Backstitch
Basic bead circles
Caged Crystals

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.

Needle lace stitch no.  4
Needle lace stitch no.  10
Tony Filler

Needle Weaving Patterns

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.

Checks & stripes no. 1
Texture no. 3
Texture no. 5
Texture no. 6

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.

The website will also email a template document.  On this document are all the templates that were used in the stitching of the techniques and stitches in the video clips.  You will be able to print the document and trace the templates onto a doodle cloth using a light box, or whatever method you prefer.

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.