Zig Zag Spanish Knotted Stitch Tutorial

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch was found in the The Batsford Encyclopaedia of Embroidery Stitches by Anne Butler. Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch forms a interesting wavy line which can be used on borders or in crazy quilting.

There are a number of ways you can use it in your hand embroidery projects. For instance you can also stack it row upon row to produce interesting patterns. One way creates wavy patterns if you flip each row little diamond shapes are formed in the spaces between the rows. I have demonstrated quite and extreme angle but you can soften the zig zag by working the stitches at less of an angle. You can also use the stitch to couch down many braids ribbons and novelty threads. If you take some time and experiment there is much you can do with it. In fact I am sure you will find it is a little ripper of a stitch!

How to work Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch stitch looks trickier than it is. To work a row it may help some people to mark the width of the line you want to work.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 21 Start with two straight stitches worked on a diagonal line that go into the same hole in the fabric.

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 3 2 Bring your thread out just below the point where the two straight stitches enter the fabric.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 43 Pass your needle under the top straight stitch as illustrated in the photograph. At this point you are just passing the needle under the thread not through the fabric. Pull the thread through.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 54 Pass the under the top straight stitch and wrap the thread over the needle as illustrated in the photograph. Pull the thread through to form a small knot like stitch.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 65 Place your needle at the base of this stitch where your needle emerged in step 2.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 76 At this stage the stitch looks a bit like a rabbit with long ears.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 87 Bring your needle out on the right hand side of your row diagonally below the stitch you just made.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 98 Pass your needle under the stitch you made on the left hand side,(through under the thread not through the fabric) pull your needle through and take it back into the fabric at the point where it emerged. The thread forms a loop which is like a reverse chain stitch.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 109 On the top section of the loop pass the needle under the thread as illustrated in the photograph.Pull the thread through to form the first part of the knot

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 1110 Pass the needle for the second time under the top section of the loop this time passing it under the previous loop too.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 1211 Take your needle back through the fabric at the point where the stitch started in step 7.

 

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch tutorial step 1312 Continue in a zig zag manner repeating these steps until you reach the end of the row.

As you can see it is an interesting stitch with loads of possible uses. I hope you enjoy it!

Return to the index of stitches in my stitch dictionary

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14 Responses to Zig Zag Spanish Knotted Stitch Tutorial

  1. Pat says:

    Just added weeks 43 and 44 to Flickr and
    http://alteringthoughts.blogspot.com/

  2. Norma says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Hope you’ve had a nice break. The zigzag Spanish knotted stitch is on my blog. Had a bit of a problem to start with and need more practice but I liked the stitch. You can see it here:
    http://normasneedlez.blogspot.com

  3. sharonb says:

    loridae – it will only run this year but all the stitches will be left in the archives and links to them will be on the about page – some people have joined in late so there is no reason why you cant pick it up and join in – leave a comment if you stitch any samples then people can check it out

  4. loriidae says:

    I have just discovered this wonderful project, are you continuing into next year, is it worth me beginning at this stage… thanks Janet

  5. crazyqstitcher says:

    I’ve finally added my weeks 43 and 44 and enjoyed both stitches.

    I am sure you have enjoyed your holiday in New Zealand and bet it wasn’t long enough.

    Maureen

    http://crazyqstitcher.wordpress.com/

  6. Mary Anne says:

    Hi Sharon
    Hope you’re enjoying your holiday! My weeks 43 & 44 are up at http://magpiesmumblings.blogspot.com
    Cheers
    Mary Anne

  7. Lynne says:

    Hi Sharon, here’s the 3 latest stitches in one post and I’ve caught up again. Hope you’ve been enjoying your break.http://faffingabout.blogspot.com/2007/11/tast-catch-up.html

  8. Vero says:

    Great to see you are having fun too.
    My week 42 and 44 can be seen at
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/verobirdie/1793655951/ or
    http://aufildujardin.blogspot.com/

    Have a nice week all!

  9. Ati Ham Sas says:

    Hi Sharon, I hope you have a nice time in NZ.
    My stitches from week 43 and 44 are on my blog.
    See you…..Ati.

  10. Doreen says:

    Hi Sharon
    Week 44 is done as well-I’m in front for a change

  11. sharonb says:

    Hi all just a quick note from New Zealand to say everything is going well and I am having alot of fun. great to see people are stitching and enjoying this weeks stitch

  12. nelapx says:

    Hola Sharoon tenias dias no pasaba por aca, como siempre este blog tuyo es sorprendente… felicidades…

  13. Helina says:

    I have enjoyed this year of stitches and done them all. Some of them I have really loved. The drizzle stitch had just good timing as I had begun to look for stitches to express frost – and was satisfied what i got with this stitch.

    I hope you have happy weeks in N.Z. and come back…

    Helina

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