This stitch is one of those useful stitches that many people don’t get around to exploring but well worth investigating.
Vandyke stitch is traditionally used as a border but by varying the width you can create nice leaf shapes that have a central line.
With Vandyke Stitch keep your tension slightly loose as if you pull the stitches too tightly the center plaited line will not form nicely.
How to work Vandyke stitch
This stitch is worked between two invisible lines. If needed you can mark the outline. I find this stitch works best when you work it from top to bottom.
Bring the thread through from the back of the fabric on the left hand side of the line to be worked.
Make a small horizontal stitch at the centre point between the two edges of the line.
Take your needle through the fabric and insert the needle on the right hand side of the line.
The thread should make a narrow cross.
Bring your needle out on the left hand side or the line a little below the first stitch.
The next part of the stitch does not go through the fabric as you need to pass the needle under the crossed threads.
Take the needle to the back of the fabric on the right hand side of the line.
Bring the needle out on the left just below the stitch and continue working down the line.
How to join in.
Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.
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