Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 20: Tete-de-boeuf Stitch

Last week's Satin Stitch Outline had the French name Cordonette.
This week's stitch has a French name, too, Tete-de-boeuf, which in English is sometimes called Bull's Head Stitch. I'll stick to the usual French expression.
In Swedish it is called Öglestygn med extra stygn, a bit of a mouthful!
Annet tells me it is called Ossekopsteek in Dutch.

It is an easy stitch and consists of a Detached Chain Stitch and two straight stitches at an angle.

Work it like this:







Different books give different instructions as to where to insert, and how to angle the straight stitches, as well as how long to make them. I think you should have the freedom to choose yourself...






 

 

On my Aida sampler I used a variegated thread:


Homework:
It isn't a Canvas stitch, but use it as a filling stitch nevertheless.

14 comments:

  1. I've never been quite convinced of the bovine character of tete-de-boeuf. It's a charming stitch, but for me, it's more like a plant beginning to sprout!

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    1. I can't really see the bull's head either. It is a perfect stitch for plants

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  2. looks good like you prefer the french name too it

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    1. It's basic, easy and so flexible, whatever the name!

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  3. I like this stitch and have used it quite a bit. I didn't know it's name though.

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    1. It is often confused with Wheatear Stitch, isn't it?

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  4. This is a stitch I know, in Dutch it's called ossekopsteek. I think it would make a nice filling if you alternate the direction of this stitch.

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    1. I have played a bit with the directions and yes, it can make a nice filing stitch.

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  5. I think something got lost in the translation. Bull's Head? Still, I like the stitch.

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    1. I know! It is a strange translation, and I have found that there are two different stitches with the same name, too.

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  6. It looks good in the variegated blue. I think it looks like a flower too.

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    1. The variegated thread adds interest.

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  7. I think I've used this stitch for flowers. When I saw the word beouf in the title I almost thought you'd posted about a recipe :-)

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    1. Ha, ha! Yes, it does sound like something from a menu of a French restaurant - beef head! Is it stewed, roasted or potted?
      There are two different stitches with the same name. One of them (not the one I introduced in the lesson) DOES look like a bull's head, with horns and all.

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