Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 57: Figure-Eight Knot Stitch ?

Today we have another easy stitch. Its name is not easy, however.

I found the stitch in 'Totsuka Embroidery Stitch Book 3 Arrangement' (戸塚刺しゅうステッチBOOK 3)
which is all about variations of the Chain Stitch.
There it goes under the name Figure-Eight Knot Stitch (8の字に糸をかけてとめる).

On a search online I have found a number of other stitches called Figure-Eight Stitch, among them is the Colonial Knot, and a most interesting knotted Running Stitch, that I might take up in another lesson.

Today I want to show you Madam Totsuka's Figure-Eight Knot Stitch as seen in the book above.
Should you recognize this stitch and have a name for it, please leave a comment.









I think it makes a very attractive detached stitch.

Homework:
Aida Sampler
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Scribble something on the Scribble Cloth.









19 comments:

Rachel said...

It is a charming stitch, and I've never seen it before in my life!

Queeniepatch said...

You have a wide knowledge of embroidery so if you say you have never seen it in your life, I guess it is an original Japanese Totsuka invention.

Pamela said...

Interesting look! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Anonymous said...

Je ne connaissais pas non plus ce point en broderie,
il est surtout utilisé en matelotage ou escalade,
son nom français est :
- figure de huit ou nœud de huit
Voilà
Mattia

Queeniepatch said...

Hi Mattia
This is the Google Translation of your comment:
I did not know this point in embroidery,
it is mostly used in seamanship or climbing,
his french name is:
- figure of eight or knot of eight
here
Mattia
Yes, I think Figure of Eight is a knot used by seamen. As a stitch it needs to be worked in thread and in and out of fabric.

Queeniepatch said...

It looks a bit like a bow...

Chitra Gangadharan said...

looks like an interesting stitch.

Queeniepatch said...

It is, and EASY, too!

Janie said...

Another fun discovery to experiment with!
It looks very useful in decoration and in everyday life.

crazyQstitcher said...

It looks very similar to Braid stitch. The wrap is different.
Let me see if I can master this one.

Queeniepatch said...

It is easy to do , but difficult to master. Why? Because it has an unruly bottom loop!

Anneliese said...

An interesting stitch - what I am wondering about: The name —- because the number eight is looking quite different in Japanese writing ....

Queeniepatch said...

You are quite right, eight written in kanji (the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing) looks like to slanting vertical lines 八 but it can of course also be written in Arabic numbers 8, and that is what Madam Totsuka refers to.

Anneliese said...

Thank you, Queenie! I noted some important numbers when we have been to Japan.

Queeniepatch said...

You are very observant! I bet you have many more detailed memories of Japan and other places you have visited.

Anneliese said...

This little bit of paper of a notebook is kept in a tiny drawer already more than 20 years ....so memories are constantly renewed - regarding Japanese numbers. I also drew the figures, you know, and mine was not very different from yours. I am nearly proud of my storage system, ha!

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, this is a quick and fun stitch, but it is not very obedient - you need to keep the stitches small so they don't loose their shape.

Susan said...

I've never seen it until I looked at Maureen's blog tonight and saw the flower she did with it. Thank you for the detailed picture of how to do it!

Queeniepatch said...

It is nice to discover unusual stitches, isn't it?