Today we have reached stitch #100! Never had I thought I would be able to find as many stitches as this. The good news is that there are plenty more stitches waiting to be featured, so watch this spot in the future, too.
I thought a stitch called Step Stitch would be just perfect for this milestone of the SSS project. I have taken many steps and will climb even further in future.
I found the Step Stitch in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. Step Stitch is also known as Ladder Stitch. Updated: The French name is point d’échelle enchainée. Thank you for the information, Mattia.
This will look best on even weave, but I worked the instructions on plain fabric and used a marker pen to draw two lines.
Over these two lines stitch Chain Stitch for two parallel lines..
Next step is to stitch straight lines between these Chain Stitches.
Once they are done, take a different thread/colour and wrap the stiles of the ladder.
When you come to the middle, anchor the wraps, make two loose loops, and start wrapping again on the right side.
When you have reached the middle of the second stile, make a Reversed Chain Stitch.
Continue the wrapping.
The result, well on even weave it would have looked - even, here the ladder seems wobbly.
You know the saying, 'better sleep on it'? This sleep might be good in many situations, for example when you are unsure of a purchase, you can 'sleep on it' and the next day you know whether to buy or not.
For stitching this technique is equally good I found, especially with this complex stitch. When I wrestled with it a couple of weeks ago it seemed impossible to master, but after a few nights' good sleep, it turned out to be easy, or at least easier than expected.
It's been a productive week and I have the following to report for Work In Progress Wednesday.
Crazy for Crazy
I have reached the stage when it is time to play with beads, sequins and things that add shine, volume and structure.
Pearls and bugle beads were added.
More beads will be spilled here and there.
BES (Brazilian Embroidery Study)
Here I made good progress, I think. Making the ribbon bow in Buttonholed Double Chain Stitch took up a lot of time, but I am pleased with the result.
Oh, I do love the look of this stitch!
More Bullion Knots will be added to fill the knot in the centre.
Here, I have also made noticeable progress.
I stitched down a ribbon and four corner pieces. The latter have been edged with Buttonhole Stitch.
If I am lucky I will have as much progress to report next week, too!