Sunday 26 May 2024

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 289: Armenian Edging Stitch

As I was browsing through A to Z of Embroidery Stitches 2, I found an edging stitch I have not yet used - Armenian Edging Stitch. It is included in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, too.

There are also several videos online should you want to watch an 'action instruction'. Or have a look at my photo instructions:

Add the edging to a stitched hem, or fold the fabric like this, or stitch over a raw edge.

Take the needle out from behind the fold.

Come out again from behind, next to the previous stitch.

Leave a loop,

Twist the loop into a figure eight. Make sure the thread that exits the fabric is on top of the other part of the loop.

Insert the needle in the lower part of the '8'.

Pull tight until you have a little knot.

Make another stitch in the same way.

You can also leave a bit of slack, and aim at perfectionism, but leave it be if it is hard to get the stitches even.

Another thing you can do is create a 'real' lacy look - stitch in the empty loops.

At the end of the line, turn the work and stitch in the other direction and so on.

Wouldn't it be nice on the edge of a handkerchief?

Homework: Add to these samplers.
Well, swap the Aida Sampler with binding, as it is now complete, for the other piece of Aida. Why not remove the whipped hem and work the Armenian Edging Stitch along the raw edge?


Pamela said...

Very pretty stitch. It would look nice as edging for a handkerchief.

Lyn Warner said...

That does make a pretty edging! It's amazing what you can find in Mary Thomas. It's a great stitch dictionary and I often forget about it.

Janie said...

What fun! So many possibilities, the lacing option would be lovely on an edge for sure.

Rachel said...

It is a pretty stitch, and not nearly as tricky to work as you think it is at the beginning!

carorose said...

That's an attractive stitch.