When I decided to feature this stitch as the stitch of the week for the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge I thought to myself I bet people take one look at this a run a mile.
I must admit that the stitch does look pretty pedestrian until you play with it. One thing I have learnt is the simpler the stitch the more interesting it can be.
On Sunday while I was writing the weekly round up this week I noticed that some people are looking for stitch dictionaries in order to learn how to do the stitch. At first I did not pay too much attention then I realised that these people had not discovered my stitch dictionary.
I had assumed that all readers knew of it. Also every week when I announce the stitch I link to the step by step instructions in my stitch dictionary.
The second assumption I has made was that people would click on the link. Anyway people do not need to buy a stitch dictionary to participate because the information is online.
On first glance they look a little boring and I must admit that unless you are totally wrapped up in traditional stitchery done on even weave fabric they can be.
However the stitches become interesting when you play with them in arrangements.
Or you can elongate part of them, which is where I got the idea for the little flower motif at the start of this post.
Or you can work part of the stitch and produce different effects again.
Here I have worked a quarter of the stitch in each corner of a square.
This arrangement could be worked on a curve “off the grid”. All the samples above are stitched on 27 count hand painted Lynda fabric in thread from the Sassa Lynne range.
If you change the shape you can produce things like hearts or any other simple shape.
This is very effective particularly if you work the stitches arranged in a pattern
This sample is stitched on 26 count linen using the Sassa Lynne Jumbo perle from Winifred Cottage.
I think people will find this sample interesting as it is Algerian Eye stitch with a bead stitched in the middle.
This sample is stitched on 26 count linen in perle 12 cotton
It is not difficult to do. As I worked the stitch each time I went back into the center I took the needle through the bead.
The bead has a wide hole. I think it is more of a spacer than a feature bead as such, as it is more like a little ring than a bead but being quite small it is very effective placed at the center of each stitch.
If a bead has a wide hole you can incorporate them in all all sorts of creative ways. It is one of the techniques I teach in my online class Develop a Personal Library of Stitches.
Of course many of the samples above are just crying out for a bead or two.
What would a heart shape look like with a bead? What would the squares look like with a bead? Once you start imagination runs and I am sure you can think of all sorts of things to do.
If you pull the thread as you stitch you can produce eyelets. This is a sample worked of different eyelets and I have included a couple of beads. This idea can be pushed in all sorts of directions as the holes produce one pattern while the sttiching produces another.
The final sample is worked on Aida and created by working rows of stitches stacked on top of each other.
If you are enjoying this challenge you might be interested in one of my online classes, that are open for bookings. I am offering two separate classes Encrusted Crazy Quilting which starts February 9, 2007 and Develop a Personal Library of Stitches which starts February 20, 2007. Both links lead to details about these classes.
That’s the challenge stitch this week … Enjoy!