Back stitch and the festoon pattern

Another Constance Howard update: JoWynn of Parkview 616 gave a lovely tribute to Constance Howard and another of her books, Inspiration for Embroidery. If you haven’t seen this already I encourage anyone who has been following the discussion that SharonB started to swing by and see this post and also if you haven’t caught Kay Susan‘s updated post on Constance Howard, please do that. Kay Susan has provided some great links. Many thanks to all of these ladies! Everything I’m learning about Constance Howard makes me wish to learn more.

The back stitch is the stitch used for a great number of pulled fabric patterns. One of those is the festoon pattern. As with many pulled stitches you don’t have to pull, but may use it for a stitch pattern. The samples in today’s post show a bit of work with both kinds of stitching.

The simplest way to show the basic pattern it by this unpulled piece.

4unpulled1.png

A couple of fill patterns.

4unpulled2.png

4unpulled3.png

Mirrored with various degrees of overlap starting at the top where the pattern is completely over lapped.

4unpulled4.png

Pulled work

4pulled1.png

4pulled2.png

Advertisements

2 Responses to Back stitch and the festoon pattern

  1. Vero says:

    OH! I like the pulled work!

  2. MargB says:

    Hi Elizabeth
    I must endorse the comments regarding Constance Howard – I have her book on colour and love her work and way she describes it. I must start to haunt the sec ondhand shops for the others.
    I like the pulled work you have done with festoon stitch – now I have another stitch to play with. I have been trying out various pulled thread stitches as they can give such effective backgrounds for emphasising negative space.

    Cheers
    margB

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: