Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 27 is Bonnet Stitch. I know some people will have not heard of Bonnet stitch and once a reader thought I had invented it but it is not the case as Bonnet stitch is a stitch that has been revived. It was originally documented in a 1923 copy of Embroidery Magazine, then in the 50’s it was published in The Constance Howard Book of Stitches(Page 56) and then in Jan Eaton’s Complete Stitch Encyclopedia (page 30) which was published in the 80’s. I know…a bit stitch geeky … but I am verified stitch spotter! Anyway it is an interesting stitch and I think readers will find it intriguing.
You can create patterns if you work this stitch row upon row or in this case in rows back to back but Bonnet stitch also looks great worked in circles and spirals.
Bonnet stitch looks best in a thread with firm twist like a cotton perle. I really recommend that for surface embroidery people try using some cotton perle thread. If you don’t have a needlework shop near you there are many online outlets that you can use. Learn to experiment with other threads as often what looks flat and listless in stranded cotton floss comes to life if you use a thread with firm twist.
How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share what can be done with a little imagination.
Where to share
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online then leave a comment on the Bonnet Stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit and see what you have done.
The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.