The lesson today is in honor of the charming city of Norwich in East Anglia, UK.
I have always loved this city. Maybe you would take it to your heart, too. You can read about this fine city here on Visit Norwich.
For us who are interested in fabric and textile there are also the Norwich shawls to be impressed by. Read this interesting article.
Many years ago I made a stump work portrait where the lady is wearing a 'Norwich Shawl'. (It is actually a small scrap of Liberty fabric.)
Because of this love of Norwich and its shawls, I was delighted when I found a stitch called Norwich Stitch. It is a Canvas stitch and also goes by the name 'Waffle Stitch'. As far as I can see, in no way does it have anything to do with the patterns on a Norwich shawl, nor does it have any connection with the city itself. Or, is the square pattern an image of Norwich Castle, a cube like building, or do the many crossed over stitches mirror the narrow lanes in the city centre, or the Cloisters at the Cathedral? Or...
Enough ramblings, over to the workings of Norwich Stitch:
Does it look complicated? Well, I thought so, until I realized the easy way of stitching this.
Begin by making a large Cross Stitch, 1-2 2-3 3-4
then take the needle out at 5, and go across on the bias to 6
and out at 7
Then go across on the bias, in at 8 and out at 9
across on the bias
If you still think it is confusing, just give it a try and you will (hopefully) soon get the hang of it.
On my Aida sampler I made these squares.
Fill a square with Norwich stitches
Canvas work is called Stramaljbroderi in Swedish, but I have not found any names for the many individual stitches. Does anyone know of names in other languages, I'd be delighted to add them. Mattia has just given me the French name - Point Gaufré.