Eskimo edging stitch: Day ?

March 27, 2008

I might be at day eleven on the Eskimo edging stitch. I’m really missing my old browser that showed me the previous titles as I type in the new one.

I still like this stitch and hope I’m not repeating myself with any of these doodles from yesterday.  Why I am still working with it? I’m not sure. It is not the joy the queen or rice stitches are to me. But I keep doodling.



The line at the lower edge of the sample is Mountmellick with a little addition of my own making.




This and that with a straight stitch base

March 22, 2008

Today’s samples are a mixed bag of some stitches that are beginning to be familiar around this blog. They are all based on a straight stitch.

Eskimo edging stitch


Raised chain band


Eskimo edging stitch turned into a filler


Raised chain band “off grid”


Herringbone ladder band


Same skeleton different pattern

March 12, 2008

I’m still using the same straight stitch skeleton as in yesterday’s post. I’ve varied the Eskimo edging loop pattern in today’s post. Here are the samples.





On this sample I simply couldn’t make up my mind…are those light tan beads adding to the stitch line or detracting?


Eskimo edging stitch: variety and repetition

March 11, 2008

Today’s post shows some Eskimo edging stitches. I’ve been working with one skeleton and using a variety of colors and threads. I’ve also played with using beads to change the focus points on the line.

Here is the original sample that made me interested in pursuing these experiments.


This is sample of the skeleton pattern that underlies the four samples below.


These are the samples. 



Putting stitches together

March 10, 2008

Today’s samples reflect that I’m still working at putting together various stitches worked on straight stitches.

In this sample there are two overlapping layers of off set Eskimo edging stitches with sorbello stitches below. The size of the sorbello stitches are alternated.



Sorbellos alternated with Mountmellick stitches on stem of detached chain stitches.


Mirrored Eskimo stitches with a center raised chain band.


On the left at the top a sorbello, on either side of the raised chain band are Mountmellicks. And on the right beaded sorbellos.

Stitches on top of stitches

March 9, 2008

Some of the fun of stitching with these new stitches I’ve been learning is try various ways of putting them together. I love to explore how each stitch is put together but the past few days I’ve been experimenting with how to put together the stitches with each other.

Here are a few samples from that work:

Sorbellos mirrored, off set and over lapping.



Detached raised chain stitches mirrored and over lapping.

Below Eskimo stitches two rows back to back in the center and on the outside two mirrored rows that also overlapping the center rows. The pattern makes this is very dense and the picture doesn’t convey as much of the interplay between the threads as I might wish. I may do a few more experiments with this same pattern in various color combinations. I’d like to try adding beads in the centers.


Here’s some raised chain work where I did add beads.


And then more beads with these sorbellos.


More on the Eskimo edging stitch

February 21, 2008

I can’t seem to leave this Eskimo edging stitch alone. I started working on the Breton stitch again yesterday. But some how I gravitated back to the Eskimo edging stitch. Here are the samples. You will see some influence from the Breton.

Just now with a quick glance across the net I didn’t see a good stitch dictionary example of the Breton stitch so here is a sample from some of the work I did yesterday. I think Needlecrafters has this stitch but at the moment their stitch dictionary is not linking up or else there is a problem with the new browser I’m having to use. Here is a snippet from what I was doing yesterday. I’m sure you will see some of my frustration with the stitch in the sample but it will give you a clue as to how the stitch works. I was making them very close together but of course they may be spread further apart.


Now here are the Eskimo edging samples.



Below is the first sample where I actually put in the twist.




Oops, no twist here. Maybe the influence wore off.


The sample above is threaded with a green thread through the middle. The sample below is interlaced by the looped portion of the Eskimo edging stitch itself.


Update: I just hit publish and found a new comment from Marty waiting for me. If you haven’t seen it already, please do go look at a beautiful variation she has done with the Eskimo edging stitch on her most recent post on the Midsummer’s Night crazy quilt. If you’re not familiar with Marty’s blog please take time to look around I’m sure that you would find much of interest in her work.