Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 59: Knotted Running Stitch

Here we are again, it's Sunday and time for another stitch at Sunday Stitch School.

A couple of weeks ago when I searched the web for information on the Figure-Eight Knot Stitch I came by the site of Sidney Eileen. She makes fantastic corsets and hand sewn medieval garments. On her tutorial page of Basic Hand Stitching she shows how to secure the thread at the end of stitching. Check it out here.

It made me think - why can this method not be used as a 'Knotted Running Stitch'? As far as I know there is no stitch called 'Knotted Running Stitch', so I will use this name for today's stitch.
If you have seen this stitch before and know its official name, please leave a comment below.

First you make a line of Running Stitches, and start the return journey by knotting each stitch with a 'mirrored S'. Like this:

Insert the needle under the last Running Stitch without biting any of the fabric.
 Keep the thread under the needle.

 Take the thread over and under the needle.

Tighten the thread and pull the needle through the knot.

Repeat with the next Running Stitch

until you have a nice line like this.

I hope you will enjoy this stitch as much as I have.
A word of warning, though, this line is made up of real KNOTS and it is hard to undo any mistake so, pay attention and keep the tension even.

Aida Sampler
SSS Reference Chart
Linen even weave


Lyn Warner said...

Another interesting stitch! The finished line reminds me a little of coral knot stitch.

Janie said...

Your knotted running stitch does make an attractive line.
It'll look good on linen too.

Queeniepatch said...

It resembles Coral Knot stitch but as this is based on a previously stitched line of Running Stitches the foundation is totally different.

Queeniepatch said...

I hope it will look good on linen - have not done my homework yet so don't know!

Chitra Gangadharan said...

A very nice stitch. i have to get back on track on this challenge.

Anonymous said...

Je n'ai rien trouvé en français sur ce point
Je le traduirais par :
- Point devant noué
J'aime beaucoup de point - Merci

Linda Calverley said...

This looks a useful stitch to learn.

Queeniepatch said...

Google Translate:
I did not find anything in French on this point
I would translate it by:
- Point in front of knotted
I like a lot - thank you

Yes, it is hard to give names to new stitches. We have other versions of Running Stitch, e.g. Laced or Whipped Running Stitch, that is why I used Knotted as a way to describe the kind of Running Stitch.

Thank you for always giving me French feedback.

Queeniepatch said...

It gives a nice line and can be useful for knotty branches of trees, or so.

Queeniepatch said...

It is a quick stitch, and easy, so you don't need to spend a lot of time on it.

Lyn Warner said...

Yes, that's what makes it interesting to me. You can focus on spacing the running stitches and then on the second pass, pay attention to the tension of each knot. Lovely stitch.

Queeniepatch said...

Another thing you can do is of course to change to a different thread for the return journey. Fancy thread is difficult to knot, better use a challenging thread for the foundation Running stitches and then a 'knot-friendly' thread for the knotted line. There are so many possibilities.

Rachel said...

So many possibilities for a wonderfully textured line here...

Queeniepatch said...

It does make a very pretty knobby line.

Julie Fukuda said...

Some thread is not very knot-friendly so I would practice on something first because it would be hard to undo.

Queeniepatch said...

Clever thinking!

Pamela said...

Thanks for the warning about it being made up of real knots!

Queeniepatch said...

They are real knots but can be undone. Oh, this is such a lovely stitch, you just have to give it a try, Pamela!