On the way to needleweaving

June 8, 2009

Hemstitching is my normal preparation for needleweaving. On the way to doing this preliminary work for Sharon b‘s May Stitch Explorer, I was sidetracked by substitutes. All sorts of thoughts about other stitches that could gather threads began to swirl about in my mind. Here is a quick look at some stitches I’ve been trying.

A sorbello variation, I think. If it’s some other stitch whose name I forgot, please let me know. I will correct it.



double back stitch 
This has created a raised ridge, unfortunately not detectable in this photo.


feather stitch


As you can see I double wrapped some of the stitches to gather the threads of the ground fabric more tightly. I didn’t do this in all the experiments. And the decision to go to the double wrap seems to me to be based more on the ground used than the stitches. All my first experiments are cream on cream and didn’t seem to lend themselves to good photos for explanation.

Eastern stitch daisy

April 25, 2008

This is a very quick step by step for the eastern stitch daisy I did the other day. It presupposes knowledge of the eastern stitch itself and focus on the variations. If you are not familiar with the eastern stitch Arts and Designs carries a nice group of illustrations in an easy to print pop up that you may access on this page. Many thanks to them for a useful glossary!

Here are the two straight stitches at an acute angle rather than at a right angle in the regular eastern stitch. Let the thickness of your thread and your desired fullness for the daisy govern the size of the angle.


Then I move out a little from the edge of the straight stitches to start the next part of the eastern stitch. Other than that this part of the sitch is worked normally.


I make the next two straight stitches for the next petal. The first of these stitches falls in the same spots as the second straight stitch of the first petal. I easy over one fabric thread, if the embroidery thread I’m working with is too thick to allow this comfortably. In this example, I’m using pima cotton on a twenty something count linen.

The start of the looping in the second petal.


Continue until you complete the number of petals desired for your daisy. I used straight stitches to fill in the center.


Running with the eastern stitch

April 22, 2008

I’m off and running with experiments on the eastern stitch. This is a stand alone stitch and I’ve been trying to take it into the realm of a continuous stitch.

Here I’ve treated it rather like a herringbone stitch.

In the meantime between experiments there are outbreaks of doodles.



Sticking with red

April 17, 2008

I’m sticking with red thread and taking time out of general things to introduce another stitch. The eastern stitch is the sorbello stitch with a bend. No, it’s more properly the sorbello stitch with a right angle. 

How else could I describe it? It’s the sorbello stitch worked on an arrow stitch. There are good illustrations here at Arts and Designs. Many thanks to them for their glossary!

The eastern stitch caught my eye a month or two ago and I kept passing it by. But yesterday evening when I sat down to stitch for a few minutes it popped up in my memory. I photographed a few of my thoughts stitched out in samples.

I still need practice…

it’s sparking my imagination.

If you’ve tried this stitch or know it by another name I’d love to hear about it or see some photos of your work with it. I found one reference to it as the Egyptian stitch.




The Chevron stitch variations

April 7, 2008

I’m struggling with this new service provided for postings. Finally my tools are coming up and are not blank. I’m sorry to say I still haven’t located spell checker. In the meantime, I’ve been having a lot of fun stitching and working with leaves.

I’ve also been learning more about the woven picot leaves from Anne. She is a good teacher. And perhaps soon I will be able to show you some more of what she has taught me.

Today, however, I wanted to swing back to the work I was doing with the Chevron stitch variations. They is so close to the sorbello that I keep looking to see if I should perhaps call them sorbello variations.  

This last sample is an example of why these variations seem so close to the sorbello stitch to me.

Back to the sorbello

March 29, 2008

I think the sorbello stitch is becoming a favorite. In my experiments I’ve gone on to another stitch but I see how much the work with the sorbello stitch has influenced my trials.


And then mirrored



On the slant–denser would have been better


My favorite out of this group of samples. And I can see so much more that I could have tried with this same basic concept. 


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.