Winding up the Pekinese stitch

November 12, 2007

I would like to say a word of welcome to new visitors. Thank you so much for stopping here. I hope you will find something of interest in the stitches I explore as part of Sharon b‘s Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge (TSTC). I also keep a small blogroll of needleworkers in a variety of areas. If you have an interest in any of those areas and are not already familiar with these blogs please do swing by and see what they are doing.

As I’ve been out and about I will mention a piece featuring the Pekinese stitch in a great post by Maureen of CrazyQstitcher. Please do catch it, if you haven’t already seen it and while there please take the opportunity for a further look around her blog. Maureen does beautiful crazy quilting and I’m sure you would find many other things of interest. Thank you for posting that beautiful piece and your blog, Maureen!

As SharonB’s TSTC for 2007 is winding down I’ve been casting about in my mind for a focus on this blog and what to do for the upcoming year. Many thanks to those of you who frequently visit and special thanks to the many who leave comments.

Now turning attention to the samples I have at the end of the forty-fifth TSTC week, all of them are “off grid” work. Except for the top photo, everything could easily, and I dare say more tidily, be stitched on a counted thread ground.








Day 5 with the Pekinese stitch

November 10, 2007

I love working with the Pekinese stitch and yet it nags at me. It isn’t symmetrical. In some instances like the first diamonds from early this week that shows up in a way that displeases me. Here are examples of using it to create different looks because of the placement of the cross-over loop.



More jumps in the backstitching lines.


Twists in the lacing.



A bit of beading.



Weaving with the Pekinese stitch

November 9, 2007

I do have more ideas for using beads with the Pekinese stitch but not in today’s post. Something happened along the way. And I have to laugh at the way it happened, too. So often the obvious flies right by me.

A major thing was the flickr post that JoWynn did about her patterns. It sent my memory rolling back to some of my work with pattern daring that I love so much.



And weaving patterns, another favorite area.


Providentially, I didn’t pay any attention to JoWynn’s title or see her post on Parkview 616. If I had I wouldn’t have been studying so hard about how she did the patterns. However, the exciting thing for me was that all my thoughts caused me to see the double Pekinese stitch in a new light.

It’s great for weaving.

tstc45dweavertk3.png My apologies for a decidedly bad photograph. I’ll retake this and will plan to switch it out later on Friday (usa, west coast). Update with a somewhat better photo 11/09/2007.

This weaving in turn led to even better thoughts about solving my angle problem with the Pekinese. I like these diamonds much better than the ones from yesterday.

tstc45ddiamonds.png double Pekineses at right angles, interlaced.

I’ve since done a couple of other patterns with the weaving and it works very nicely. If this area interests you at all, please do look at JoWynn’s post on pattern couching if you haven’t seen it already. Her documentation on the various patterns she considered as she created her piece is excellent.

After my weaving experiments, I had time to relax and take the Pekinese “off grid” to try out some newly purchased threads.


Beading the Pekinese stitch

November 8, 2007

I could not leave off beading the Pekinese stitch. With one exception all my samples have some beading.

When I started out doing counted thread work on linen I did not want to use anything but threads. I hated beads; please, no buttons. It was crazy quilting that won me over to considering them when SharonB did her 100 details for 100 days last year. As I saw her work and that of so many others during that time, I realized how much they could enhance embroidery. I still am limited in my work with beads. They are not in my comfort zone, but I try to remember the possibility. The Pekinese stitch got me carried away with beads…at least for today’s samples.

Of special note before my samples:

I’ve been following the of Plimoth Embroiderers’ story, where they are recreating a 17th-century embroidered jacket. And I wanted to mention that I’ve been seeing some great posts on the stitches that they use from Carol-Anne Conway at Threads across the Web. If you haven’t seen the project yet, please do take a few moments to swing by and take a look. In addition visit Carol-Anne’s blog to see some of her posts. She has followed up the first post that caught my eye last week by highlighting a spiral trellis stitch, detached buttonhole lace, Ceylon stitch and knot stitch. While you’re there do take time to explore this interesting blog. Thanks very much for these wonderful posts and your blog Carol-Anne!

Beads and Perle 8


I love the first row where I beaded the backstitching. Then I tried switching to beading the loops. As you can I got tired of row two and hated it. I tried to move to alternating the beads but it didn’t work well until I started using the pima cotton.

Beads and pima cotton


Top row alternating beads. Second, every other loop beaded. Third, every loop beaded–much better spacing here than with the Perle 8, I think. The fourth row is beading the loops on both sides of the back stitching. This can be done with one row of backstitching. It’s only my personal taste dictated against one and for two rows.

This sample is the exception to beading everything. I worked on my sharp corners with this one. This is some improvement over yesterday, but I have to improve upon it more before I would turn to this stitch for a diamond shape. It sure does nicely on curves, however.


Day 2 with the Pekinese stitch

November 7, 2007

I took sample stitching “off grid” in the work for today’s post and put everything on a winter white felt. I had some time to relax and enjoy my stitching today. I keep seeing more and more things I’d like to try, especially with beading this stitch.

The only work I did with beads in this group of samples is in this first photo. I expect to add to this line since it has fueled my imagination.


These are the more standard experiments.



I wanted to try threading ribbon through the backstitching. I need more practice to control it but overall I was fairly encouraged about how ribbons would perform. It seems like this is just crying out that I should do something more to the line. Perhaps if I stare at it a little longer as I stitch away on my other samples something will come to mind.


The last two samples are my more experimental work. There are a few weaknesses in them, but it’s given me a better idea of problems that I’ll encounter with the Pekinese and thoughts on how to overcome them.



TSTC Week 45: The Pekinese stitch

November 6, 2007

We are in fall mode around here in the central valley of California. I’ve got leaf raking duties. My car’s headlights need to be switched on by about 5pm since the switch to back to standard time on Sunday. The evenings are chilly and the afternoons warm. We’ve had the first rains and fog.

It seems like I should be moving my sample colors to rusts, browns and tans to match the season. But I haven’t done that…not yet. Sharon b has proposed the Pekinese stitch for TSTC week 45. It looks like lots of fun. Sharon’s post not only includes two exciting variations but her stitch dictionary holds the key on how the original stitch is to be done.

I didn’t especially stay on track today so perhaps not all my samples are the Perkinese stitch. But I’m “on grid”. Everything is straight lines although I attempted to soften or angle them a bit. I’m looking forward to trying this stitch “off grid” in curves and circles.

First the lone single back stitch line. The rest are doubles. I think everything is straight forward and self explanatory, so no running commentary, today.