Do you sometimes have problems interpreting instructions? I am sure most of us have at one time or another followed instructions, either written or illustrated, only to find the result didn't look right.
That was the case when I tried the Invented Stitch from Arts & Design. The drawing of the completed stitch looked so neat, but however many times I followed the text or the step-by-step illustrations, my result looked nothing like the sort.
I found the situation even more confusing when I read the text and also looked at the pictures. By following only one set at a time, I suddenly had two different stitches.
In the end I had three different stitches - and they all looked great. Three for the cost of one, so to speak.
I will introduce them to you one by one, in three consecutive lessons. Let's start with # 157 Invented Stitch (Cross).
Combining a Stem Stitch with a Buttonhole Stitch that is pulled askew you get this neat individual stitch. Keep on going and you have a straight barbed wire look.
Work it like this:
Notice the holes used on the Aida cloth.
Make a Stem Stitch where you take the needle out slightly above the stitched line.
Take a Straight Stitch on the other side of the stitched line