Well everyone seems to be enjoying these slightly more complex stitches. I too am thoroughly enjoying following the links left in the comments and looking at where people take the stitch.
I thought this week I would throw you a rather obscure stitch and see what people could do with it. This week the challenge stitch is bonnet stitch. Jan Eaton in her Complete Stitch Encyclopedia states that she found this stitch in a 1923 issue of Embroidery Magazine.
The sample on the left is Bonnet stitch worked as an isolated stitch. It is not normally worked in this isolated manner in other words worked this way it is a variety. The advantage is however you can easily see the construction of the stitch which is why I have posted this image first up.
Some stitches you look at the directions and they look distinctly uninspiring. Bonnet stitch is such a case. It looks like a double buttonhole or perhaps a herringbone with its knickers in twist. Try it out I think it will surprise you.
It looks best in a thread with firm twist. That said most thread types are suitable and you can be quite creative with this stitch. It is interesting if you work it at different angles or use it to couch heavy threads to the fabric. This sample is of different threads. The first row is cotton Perle 8, the next rayon thread, followed by silk and the last row being a metallic.
You can work this stitch in rows or use it to fill and create shapes. Wide rows are useful to create broad lines or placed side by side to create patterns.
For traditional embroiderers this stitch looks great worked row upon row I have even used it as a canvas stitch filling doing this.
Rows can be worked easily on a curve. It can be worked in freeform manner to produce organic lines used in floral motifs as a textured looking line.
As you can see in the sample above you can easily work this stitch in a circle.
Click through to the directions on how to do the challenge stitch bonnet stitch in my stitch dictionary.
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That’s the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch this week … Enjoy!