Tuesday, 29 April 2014

TAST #108 Rice Stitch (and variations)

TAST #108 is named Rice Stitch. I wonder why. It does not look like a grain of rice to me. Does anyone know the origin of the name?

As I had never worked this stitch before I first made a sample on Aida, which turned out nicely I think.
 The top row shows the original stitch with one beam across the foundation cross stitch.
 Underneath are two variations with several stitches across the arms of the cross stitch.
I used stranded floss.

I then worked two rows on my other sampler.
I stitched in Perle 8.

If you would like to learn the stitch and/or take part in TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) click here and the link will take you to Sharon B's Pintangle.

14 comments:

  1. The stitch is lovely and the variations are great too.

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    1. You can do a lot with this stitch, beautiful borders, large filled in areas or detached stitches.

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  2. sorry can not help with the name, like what you have done here and this stitch works very well on canvas too with a thicker thread

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    1. It is very versatile and perfect when you want a geometric look.

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    1. Yes, indeed. When I went to Hirosaki I bought black rice, red rice, and I am sure there is purple and green rice, too somewhere in the world!

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  4. Hi Queeni, it looks quite different in perle thread compared to floss !
    Perfect for a sampler.......And so many variations !!
    Have a lovely week dear friend,
    Hugs
    Chris Richards
    xxxxx

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    1. The thread makes it! Maureen at CrazyQstitcher (see below) made a beautiful version with beads and silk ribbon!

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  5. Hi Queenie, I saw this link about Rice stitch at
    http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/stitch/straight-stitch/rice-stitch/.

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    1. Thank you, Maureen, for the link. It was interesting to read the comments and to find all the various names for the OTHER rice stitch, or rice grain stitch.
      I have been thinking if TAST#108 Rice stitch could have been named after the Chinese (and Japanese) kanji character for rice. It is not the same but resembles it.

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  6. I tried to add a link yesterday from my tablet about rice stitch but I couldn't do it, so here it is now, you're right about kanji.
    http://www.designbyaika.com/sashiko-discussions/gohan-japanese-rice/
    Lovely stitching.

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  7. Love your variations! There are so many ways to experiment with rice stitch. It's next on my list for catching up TAST, I'm looking forward to play with it!

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  8. Your variations of the rice stitch are beautiful

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