There are a number of stitches that are called Thorn Stitch for instance there is another thorn stitch used in Mountmellick embroidery but this is not it. They both just happen to have the same names. This version of Thorn stitch is a quick easy variety.
If you look at this stitch- it is actually a type of couched stitch which means you can use all sorts of threads for the central stem. It looks particularly effective in flower sprays, underwater seaweed scenes and the like. If you use novelty threads that are hairy or textured and combine it with beads you can have even more fun.
Thorn stitch can be arranged like a tree as in the photograph. Work the crossed bars closer together to create an easy fir tree (for the Christmas or Holiday season) You can also use the stitch as a couching technique and attach long threads to a piece of work. You can work the crossed stitches either evenly across the couching thread or graduating the size from small to large. Or you can make one side of the stitch larger than the other. This is very effective if you swing the stitch in a circle. Thorn Stitch is simple to work and extremely versatile. The more you experiment with it the more you will realise what can be done.
How to Work Thorn Stitch
First create a long single straight stitch.
Working from top to bottom bring your needle out on the left hand side of the straight stitch a little to one side.
Take the thread diagonally across the straight stitch and insert it to the right of the straight stitch and bring the needle out on the left. Take the thread across and insert it to the right as illustrated in the photograph. The stitch is a bit like half a Herringbone stitch.
Work down the straight stitch making the stitches larger as you go.
I hope you enjoy Thorn Stitch
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