This is a fairly long post, instructions may be hidden. Please read and don’t be tempted to ‘skim’.
Although many of you opted not to bother with the mark making exercises that were prompted last month they were a run up to the stitching we are doing this month. Some of the results will be a perfect resource – specifically some of those made during the first three weeks. It is not obligatory to use these designs, but the information that follows will presume these are your source.
1 Choose an area.
The best way to do this is to cut a ‘mask’ from cardboard or paper. Cut a hole slightly smaller than the square in which you are planning to stitch.
2 Either follow the pattern by eye or mark with a pencil. I don’t recommend marking pens whether they are ones that ‘disappear’ or not – I have seen some disasterous results. Mark each square with the same pattern.
3 Stitch in each square. One stitch per square – but the same pattern as described above
Here are the suggested stitches.
- Back stitch
- Stem stitch
- Running stitch
- Chain Stitch
- Buttonhole Stitch
- Herringbone Stitch
If you are new to stitching you can find instructions for simple stitches here, there are also other sources on the web including videos.
Six stitches, six small spaces. In theory this will keep you well occupied during the week if you work 15 minutes a day. If you stitch faster than that I suggest you prepare another piece of fabric in a similar way and either take the above stitches further or use others of your choice.
Next week we will be looking at another collection of stitches, but maybe not in the same way as above.