It is time to set out on another stitch adventure - I have five new stitches for us to explore.
The first one will be a challenge, but is it well worth the effort of trying. It is called Holly Braid Stitch.
I first spotted it in Jacqui Carey's excellent book 'Elizabethan Stitches' (a fantastic study of historic stitches)
where today's stitch is shown as a true BRAID stitch. With that I mean a stitch made with a stiff 'thread' like gimp, purl, wire or similar. Such threads are suitable when you make a wide stitch and the result will be similar to a length of upholstery braid.
My second encounter with Holly Braid Stitch was on a blogpost at VirtuoSew Adventures where Rachel had experimented with different threads, some that made, not a wide braid, but a narrower line. I now really wanted to try the stitch with Perle Cotton, one of my favourite threads, to see if it could be a useful linear stitch for freeform embroidery.
Proof that that is possible I found in a floral design Rachel made on this blog post. DO check it out as it also contains an excellent video Rachel has created of how the stitch is worked.
THANK YOU Rachel for the help and constant inspiration you give me.
Following is my set of photo instructions for Holly Braid Stitch:
You need to follow this diagram to start the stitch line.
Anchor the final stitch at the top for a pointed tip.
As you can see, I still have to work on tension and evenness. I also want the group of stitches at the start (that diagram) to be closer together.
Isn't this a real stitch adventure?