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.
1 Start with two straight stitches worked on a diagonal line that go into the same hole in the fabric.
2 Bring your thread out just below the point where the two straight stitches enter the fabric.
3 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.
4 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.
5 Place your needle at the base of this stitch where your needle emerged in step 2.
6 At this stage the stitch looks a bit like a rabbit with long ears.
7 Bring your needle out on the right hand side of your row diagonally below the stitch you just made.
8 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.
9 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
10 Pass the needle for the second time under the top section of the loop this time passing it under the previous loop too.
11 Take your needle back through the fabric at the point where the stitch started in step 7.
12 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!
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