The arrowhead stitch plays out

July 23, 2007

A word of welcome and a word of thanks.

To any new reader or newcomer to the on-line needlework community “Welcome!” I keep a blogroll of various types needlework. Each may lead you to many other blogs in their particular fields. Also if you click on the category blogs. You will find an number of posts on blogs that I enjoy visiting. I’m sure I’ll be introducing others along the way. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some in past posts or explore the links on other blogs on the blogroll. It’s well worth getting acquainted with a good variety of people doing great handwork today.

A word of thanks to all of those who have visited the blog and especially to those of you who have left comments. I appreciate the many encouragements and kindnesses very much. Thank you!

Now for the arrowhead stitch.

Yes, the last day of posting on the arrowhead stitch. I’ve had a lot of fun with this stitch. My hardest task was keeping it from becoming something else–like an eyelet, a cross stitch, herringbone and so forth. I hope I succeeded with that.

Threaded or laced samples




All others





Here and there with the arrowhead stitch

July 21, 2007

Various experiments with no rhyme or reason that I can figure out. So shall we say as the mood struck me, I went from here to there?

Off grid blue


to on grid red.


On to red rick-rack




and why I lingered there, I have no clue.

A blue triangle and a red star and we are through.


Threaded arrowheads

July 20, 2007

I couldn’t resist playing with threaded arrowhead stitches. There were a few disappointments along the way. But for the most part once I switched to the thicker threads the results were better.

This is my favorite so far. It is so thick and sturdy–more like a piece of fabric than stitching. And it was a lot of fun to stitch since the stitches are easy and I enjoyed the rotating colors. If I had more time I’d have enjoyed making this into a useful piece.



I like the top concept, but it is here where I made an error with the blue thread between the two mirrored rows of arrowheads. I stitched the blue thread too tightly to the place where the middle two wraps meet and it pushed them apart. The wraps on either side meet very nicely. I could not redo without uprooting too much. Thankfully these are only samples, in this case with a reminder of what not to do!


Tried a couple of different threading ideas; loved the one in the middle.

Now to turn a corner

Yesterday I began thinking about what I called direction perhaps this is called position or orientation. When I was in Photoshop getting this off grid piece ready to post, all those thoughts from yesterday floated up. Some pieces only have one or two positions that are “right”. This one seem to have several to me depending on the thrust/energy/idea that I would wish to convey.


tstc29dfabric2.png To me this is less energy than the one above. But it appeared to be flowing toward me almost as if gathering more momentum.

This view seems to have more energy at the start but it is flowing away from me and seems to be losing energy.


The difference a horizontal flip in Photoshop makes

tstc29dfabric3.png This looks “wrong” or weak in my eyes.

tstc29dfabric4.png This looks better.

I suppose this is something that should be going in my journal rather than in a post. So often I tend to skip planning in my needlework. Some of these switches would be off limits if the piece was stitched.

Lately, I’ve noticed a few things my design teacher stressed seem to have become a part of my thought pattern. I see the value of them even more than when I was taking the class. There are so many things that I need and desire to learn. How much diligence and patience I need to have in order to do it. And diligence and patience alone can’t gain understanding and wisdom.

Moving from a lost thread to…

July 19, 2007

I was practicing on the arrowhead stitches while away from home. I used up my red thread and found I hadn’t any more in my travel pack. “No problem,” I thought, “I’ll move on to something else and finish up when I get home.” How did that red thread get in my travel pack? And how could I have taken the last of it with out noticing? I’m sure it’s hiding somewhere, but where?

Here’s the unfinished work.


Well, almost all of it. Because it was unfinished it was out of kilter. I thought, “it’s a perfect time to play with cropping.” In my design class last year, one of the important things my teacher stressed was you decide were the borders are. I’m definitely not good at it. My papers came back corrected a lot of times–and I should add very kindly so. So I had fun with a few trials on this piece. Please feel free to skip over the next three photos, if this doesn’t interest you. Beyond them I have a few more experiments with the arrowhead stitch.




The other fun part is deciding what direction. For instance, what a difference if the middle photo were rotated a quarter turn counterclockwise. Or the last one a quarter, clockwise.

Here’s the rest of my practice.


Oops, once I started cropping, I didn’t know when to stop.

Here I am back to normal.


Threaded arrowheads, an idea from Sharon b‘s stitch dictionary. My second take on this is that it would have been more effective with thicker thread or a ribbon as Sharon suggests. I plan to revisit some lacing ideas before the week is out.



Off grid and on grid with the arrowhead stitch

July 18, 2007

I need to get hard at work on this arrowhead stitch, instead I’m just play and having fun with it. Hard work is more rewarding!

Off grid

tstc29bgrass.png tstc29bgreenlines.png


On grid



Yes, it is all arrow stitches! I like it, but what should go in the middle squares? Satin stitches, rice stitches over two, woven stitches, eyelets, buttons or beads? I can’t make up my mind.

TSTC Week 29: The arrowhead stitch

July 17, 2007

The twenty-ninth stitch in Sharon b‘s TSTC is the arrowhead stitch. It’s a simple, fun stitch. Sharon has written a lovely illustrated introduction for it. I enjoyed seeing the work she had done with it on her crazy quilt seam treatments. The last piece is so rich in color and texture that I wished to know if what was in the photo is the full piece or just a slice. I love grids and her use of arrowhead stitches on those grids was intriguing to me.

Another thing that impressed me as I looked at her stitching is how easily this stitch creates the illusion of a line when the stitches are not that close together. And then they not only create idea of a line but give it direction. The arrow is such a common symbol in our culture, I read it without thinking. How long has this stitch been around I wonder? Two simple straight stitches that meet to form one point. It seems like it might go back to immediately after the flood of Noah’s day, if not before.

Well, I must hurry; my boss is on vacation again. One day only!

In some preliminary trials, I’m trying to reacquaint myself with this stitch.


altering size, reversing direction


doubling up on the larger size with direction according to size


the simplest flower

tstc29aflower.png How can I be making such poor French knots again after such recent practice? It looks like I’m still at square one with them.

Fun with off grid work. The combination of the arrowhead and the fly stitches on the right was an attempt at a making pine cone like texture. I better try again. I can see a hint of it but it doesn’t speak for itself, yet. Nothing special here, I was just relaxing.


I was most shocked that in the middle left section everything quickly began to look like I was just playing with cross stitches rather than squares made of opposing arrowheads and intertwined with others in the row. It made me think about how I was first taught to cross stitch, I see a lot of similarities.

BTW, the dark corner in the upper right is a variation in the felt’s color. When I first looked at it I thought something had gone wrong with my camera. Thankfully, not.

Did I say I was to hurry? Yes!