Eskimo edging stitch: Day 7

February 18, 2008

I think the samples here may be the last of the Eskimo edging stitch that I’ve not posted.



I need to do more with this wrap twice idea. Perhaps you may notice I haven’t found any purple beads that I enjoy; the French knots are a little too heavy.



This sample below was a fun concept and now I see all sorts of variations that would work.


Another “off grid” overnight work and test with the scanner on another setting. I’ve decided this is a snippet that needs a camera because it is not flat enough. The place where the stitching is very thick is somewhat distorted and at this point I don’t know what more to do to toy with the settings.


Eskimo edging stitch: Day 6

February 16, 2008

The Eskimo edging stitch samples in today’s post are from several days ago.






I’m still working on a couple of “off grid” pieces. Here is an update on the one from yesterday. The only really exciting thing here is that it is the initial trial on scanning my needlework. I’m so excited that I’m no longer limited to getting a photograph in good daylight. When it’s rainy or evening I can now put most of my needlework on the scanner. The color on this is much truer than in yesterday’s post. I’m not entirely thrilled with having the thread flat up against the glass. I’ll have to play around with some of the settings. I might not have had the resolution set high enough.


Sorbello variations continued

February 15, 2008

Before I get to the sorbello stitch, I want to take time out to mention a wonderful step-by-step that Paula at The Beauty of Life has done on the Eskimo edging stitch. This is not the adaptation that I’ve been working with but the real stitch. Paula has done the step by step so that you not only see what to do to make an edge around fabric but also how to join two pieces of fabric together. So please do swing by to see, if you haven’t all ready. And if you missed seeing Bobbi’s February TIF project using the Eskimo edging stitch that I mentioned in yesterday’s post, please do consider stopping by there, too. Many thanks to both these ladies for their work with the Eskimo edging stitch. They have both been re-inspiring me on that stitch.

The sorbello continues to hold my attention. I’ve been taking the legs of the stitch at various angles and in the first sample they are at nearly a ninety degree angle.


And about one hundred and eighty degree angles below.


Then I started playing with the straight stitch angle.


In this last one my spacing is a little two far apart but I love the appearance of the stitch itself. And it stabilized this variation of the sorbello fairly well with out an extra stitch down. However, I think the stitch down might add some interest. So there is a lot more to do with this stitch. It’s just waiting for me to pick up my needle and try it.


Many thanks for all the kind comments that are coming into the blog. I’m very sorry that I’ve still not been able to send out a thank you to each person. But I do appreciate these comments so much. And I hope to be more current soon. I took a little time to get away today and went to pick up some batting and lining for a needle-book. I also looked for some beads needed for a new project with the back stitch. It was refreshing to be out and about at leisure for a few hours.

Eskimo edging and sorbello variations

February 14, 2008

Eskimo edging

This has been a very exciting stitching day for me. I’ve just seen Bobbi‘s work with the Eskimo edging stitch. I’m so delighted with it and its given me a whole new perspective on the stitch. If you haven’t already seen it, please do swing by and see her February TIF project using this stitch. It’s just a great piece and it really put the stitch to the test in some interesting ways because of the shape she used. Great work, Bobbi!

Sorbello variations

The sorbello stitch has fascinated me again today as I began brainstorming with it again in a few odd moments. I see some interesting developments in it. Hopefully the work has not wandered over into another stitch. The rhythm on this is so nice to work with. However, if you know this variation by some other name please do let me know. I will want to correct the post and give proper credit.


As you can see this started off normally enough with a variation of the sorbello stitch and then a certain thought started me out on the diagonal line.

Below I began to apply the idea to a horizontal line.


Some other horizontal ideas. On the purple one I change the stitching about the midpoint to capture another thought about how to do the stitch. I’m really pleased with how stable the stitch is.



Interconnected lines?


This last sample didn’t get develop at all but I think it is another variation of the sorbello. It more simply done. It needs to be put to the test with some more stitching.


A gift and a question

February 13, 2008

Please see update regarding the question at the end of the post.

Neki sent me the most delightful cloth. My capture of this in electronic images is poor. But the cloth is wonderful. It catches all sorts of interesting depths and shades in the sun. But my camera just can’t cope with it–or is it the operator of the camera? Anyway here are some of the details of what I’ve been admiring.




Many thanks for a wonderful treasure, Neki. If you aren’t familiar with Neki’s blog, a movable feast, please do take time out to swing by and visit. She is always inspiring me, sometimes with the photographs of her work and sometimes with the her thoughts. One of her quotes in a recent post as she returned to her loom was: “As i see it the beauty is that one is creating the cloth that will be acted on.”

Turning a corner here, please help with a question that came up in one my comments on an Eskimo edging stitch post.

This comment is from Bobbi and I share it with her permission:
I’m also working on the TIF challenge but am mainly a beader looking for interesting edging stitches I can do without beads…in other words, regular embroidery edging stitches…can you recommend a good book or on-line resource? I love your E edging stitch, but can’t figure out how it’s done since you’re not actually edging anything with it.

Paula at The Beauty of Life has provided a some information from a book called Stitches of Creative Embroidery by Jaqueline Enthoven. And I’ve forwarded that to Bobbi. And Paula has also allowed me to share that here. She began with a quote from the book.

‘This simple and effective edging is based on the running stitch. It was devised by the Eskimos and the Aleuts to bind together the many seams of their seal gut parkas making them water proof……Until recently I had seen the stitch only once, many years ago, around the edge of a child’s cap. Miss Blanche Payne, professor of Home Economics at the University of Washington has seen it used ornamentally around the hood of an Eskimo‚Äôs child’s parka.’
She talks about threads size 5 pearl cotton for the running stitch and size three for the lacing, and details about how to edge a piece with the stitch, but not specifically joining them. Although the diagram shows the front and back of the fabric and I think if you put two pieces of fabric together you could join them with the lacing stitches.
Unfortunately there is no reference list or bibliography in this edition (1964). I think there is an updated edition which may have more information.

But if you can jump in and help please do post a comment. Bobbi in writing to me also added, it would be great to actually see this edging stitch on the edge of a piece! Has anyone tried that or seen that and is there a photograph available on-line?

Update: Nothing like my friend, Neki, who helps me solve part of the question by prompting me to try another on-line search. Here is a link to information on the stitch also known as an Eskimo laced edging. Please click on the magnifying glass to see a drawing on how it is used on an edging. Many thanks to Neki for prompting me to use my own stitch dictionary page and for the folks at NeedleCrafter for their wonderful dictionary. Any other information still very much welcome, please.


Eskimo edging stitch: Day 5

February 12, 2008

Eskimo edging stitches in curves and circle was the order of the day. I’m still in school girl mode, so tomorrow’s post will be some thing other than Eskimo edging stitch.






Oops, I see I’m still having a little trouble managing the silks above.



Eskimo edging stitch: Day 4

February 11, 2008

Here are more school girl samples on the Eskimo edging stitch. I’m showing my first attempt at a circle. I’m going to be concentrating on curves and circles from now on in my trials. And after that I think this would be a fun stitch to try “off grid”. I’ve been missing my “off grid” work a lot. I had been trying to read more of the Constance Howard material before I going back to it. But perhaps I’ll take a few stabs at it again before I finish with her book.

These are the lines that I’ve edited for the post. Whether good or bad I’m not sure but I still have more lines to edit. It is so much easier to snap the photos than edit all the pictures. I seem to be running behind now that we’ve been having nice sunny days in the central valley again.






The first try at a circle.

ees5circle1.png I’d say I need a little more practice.