japanese stab binding tutorial: bridges

This bind is a fairly easy to sew. The most difficult aspect is the punching holes. If you place them together as closely as I have (.125 in/3.5 mm), be VERY careful about how you punch the holes. Also when you sew, do not pull very tightly, or you’ll rip an unintended hole.

**for an even easier variation (v-neck tshirts), ignore stations 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, and 28. Also, reverse all directionality (enter becomes exit, and vice versa) except for at 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.**

to start: **click on either image to make it bigger**

EXIT = needle pointed DOWN and ENTER = needle pointed UP
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enter 1 (leave a tail of thread, but don’t knot it)
exit 2, loop around spine
-exit 2 again
enter 3, loop around spine
-enter 3 again
exit 4, loop around spine
-exit 4 again
enter 5, loop around spine
-enter 5 again
exit 6, loop around spine
-exit 6 again
enter 7, loop around spine
-enter 7 again
exit 8
enter 9, loop around spine
-enter 9 again
exit 10, loop around spine
-exit 10 again
enter 11, loop around spine
-enter 11 again
exit 12, loop around spine
-exit 12 again
enter 13, loop around spine
-enter 13 again
exit 14, loop around spine
-exit 14 again
enter 15
exit 16, loop around spine
-exit 16 again
enter 17, loop around spine
-enter 17 again
exit 18, loop around spine
-exit 18 again
enter 19, loop around spine
-enter 19 again
exit 20, loop around spine
-exit 20 again
enter 21, loop around spine
-enter 21 again
exit 22
enter 23, loop around spine
-enter 23 again
exit 24, loop around spine
-exit 24 again
enter 25, loop around spine
-enter 25 again
exit 26, loop around spine
-exit 26 again
enter 27, loop around spine
-enter 27 again
exit 28, loop around spine
-exit 28 again
enter 29, loop around left edge
-enter 29 again
-wrap at an angle over loop from 28, under 27, over 26, to the point half way between 26 and 25, hold with thumb
-(reverse side) return to 29 over 26, under 27, over 28
-enter 29 again
exit 28
enter 27
exit 26
enter 25
exit 24
enter 23
exit 22, wrap at an angle over loop from 23, under 24, over 25
-thread needle through loop from 29, needle pointed to the left, pull tight
-(reverse side) return to 22, over 25, under 24, over 23
-exit 22 again, wrap at an angle over loop from 21, under 20, over 19, to the point half way between 19 and 18, hold with thumb
-(reverse side) return to 22 over 19, under 20, over 21
-exit 22 again
enter 21
exit 20
enter 19
exit 18
enter 17
exit 16
enter 15, wrap at angle over loop from 16, under 17, over 18
-thread needle through loop from 22, needle pointed to the left, pull tight
-(reverse side) return to 15, over 18, under 17, over 16
-enter 15 again, wrap at an angle over loop from 14, under 13, over 12 to the point half way between 12 and 11, hold with thumb
-(reverse side) return to 15 over 12, under 13, over 14
-enter 15 again
exit 14
enter 13
exit 12
enter 11
exit 10
enter 9
exit 8, wrap at an angle over loop from 9, under 10, over 11
-thread needle through loop from 15, needle pointed to the left, pull tight
-(reverse side) return to 8 over 11, under 10, over 9
-exit 8 again, wrap at an angle over loop from 7, under 6, over 5, to the point half way between 5 and 4, hold with thumb
-(reverse side) return to 8 over 5, under 6, over 7
exit 8 again
enter 7
exit 6
enter 5
exit 4
enter 3
exit 2
enter 1, wrap at an angle over loop from 2, under 3, over 4
-thread needle through loop from 8, needle pointed to the left, pull tight
-(reverse side) return to 1 over 4, under 3, over 2
-enter 1 again, loop around right edge
-tie off with beginning tail

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One thought on “japanese stab binding tutorial: bridges

  1. someone send me over to see your jap. stab bindings. I love the patterns you developed. Thank you so much for sharing the *ins and outs*. I’m pretty sure I’m going to use some of your patterns in my work if that’s okay by you.

    kind regards, Dymphie (the Netherlands)

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