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Have you ever had this problem when stitching: you are doing a decorative stitch and you don't have enough space to finish the structure of your stitch? If you have ever encountered this obstacle, and you don't know what to do, let us introduce you to compensation stitches! In this blogpost we will tell you all about compensation stitches, what they are, and how to do it, along with some tips and tricks.
When there aren’t enough canvas holes left in the row for you to complete a specific (non-tent) stitch, you need to use compensation stitches.
Compensation stitches are used for most decorative stitches, when there is no space to complete the full structure of the stitch pattern. Usually it is possible to work part of the main stitch and then fill the rest of the space with smaller stitches running in the same direction.
The most important thing to consider when compensating is that you want to retain the overall look of the stitch.
When you are doing compensation stitches it’s important to consider the overall structure of the stitch. So keeping in mind the length and direction of each stitch, you have to shorten them according to either the shape you are filling, or a nearby group of stitches.
Here are some tips to make compensation stitches easier to understand and work:
Most compensations stitches end up being tent stitches, because it’s the easiest way to fill a hard spot, since it only goes over one intersection of the canvas.
Compensation stitches might seem hard to understand at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will be mastering them in no time! We hope our blog post helped, but if you still have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email or Instagram.