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chicken scratch lesson2

Posted by on 23 Mar 2011 | Category:

This lesson will illustrate how to do, probably, the most common pattern in chicken scratch : the heart.

It is advised to go through the thread-fabric-and-stitch section of the chicken scratch page before beginning this lesson. It will help you to understand the logic and techniques used in this embroidery.

The stitches used are mentioned with each illustration. To go to the instruction page of each stitch, you just need to click over them.

chicken_scratch_2 chicken_scratch_2_key
This is the heart shape I intend to stitch. The key will help me to decode the symbols on the graph and use the stitches on the gingham cloth. Each cell on the graph represents each cell on the cloth. 
Unlike, in lesson 1, I try to get a bit experimental with the shades of threads I will be using here.
chicken_scratch_7 Double cross stitch:
I begin the pattern, the traditional way, that is,  by doing the outline first.
This helps me in demarking the pattern and containing all the stitches inside this parameter.
I plan to do the heart in a dark shade, and so, the outline will be done in white over the dark cells.
chicken_scratch_8 Running stitch:
Next, I plan to do the woven circle for the filling. So, I prepare by doing running stitch horizontally, in the light colored cells.
Then, I do the running stitch vertically over the rest of the tinted or light colored cells. Note that, traditionally, light colored cells are used only for straight stitches to anchor woven circles or woven ovals.
chicken_scratch_9 Woven circle:
Between these straight stitches, I weave circles in the same dark shade of blue. This encircling of the dark cells will make it stand out giving it a lacy effect.
chicken_scratch_10 Double cross stitch:
Though, ideally, I am supposed to finish the double cross stitches before the woven circles, I chose to use them for filling in the end. This gave me a chance to experiment using a different shade of blue as shown.
This is a sample of how different effects can be created by using chicken scratch embroidery. chicken_scratch_11

chicken scratch lesson1

Posted by on 23 Mar 2011 | Category:

This lesson will demonstrate how to do the embroidery using the different stitches over a border design.

It is advised to go through the thread-fabric-and-stitch section of the chicken scratch page before beginning this lesson. It will help you to understand the logic and techniques used in this embroidery.

The stitches used are mentioned with each illustration. Clicking over them will take you to the instruction page of that stitch.

chicken_scratch_1 chicken_scratch_1_key
This is a broder design.  I want it to have a very lacy effect, and so, will use  two strands of thinner perle cotton thread. The key will help me to decode the stitches onthe graph and use them on the gingham cloth. Each cell in the graph is like each cell on the cloth.
chicken_scratch_3 Cross stitch:
It is always better to begin any design with the outer stitches or outlines. So, I begin the border design by doing the cross stitch. I will be doing the cross stitch over the darkest cell.
chicken_scratch_4 Double cross stitch:
I begin filling up the inner part of the border with the double cross stitch. The filling is done only over the darkest cell.
chicken_scratch_5 Woven circle:
The legs of the cross stitch provides good anchors to make a woven circle.
I make two rounds of circle, each time. This gives a bolder, more embossed look.
chicken_scratch_6 Woven oval:
I weave ovals with the diagonal stitches of the double cross stitch as the anchors I make the ovals only in the white cells.
chicken_scratch_border
The finished border looks like this. It gives a very lacy and rich effect when viewed from afar. 🙂
Note how all the tinted cells are left alone. Working the cross and double cross stitches over the darkest cells nullifies the color in the design part of the fabric. Woven ovals and woven circles over the white cells, amplifies the ‘whiteness’ and gives it a more raised, lacey look. The tinted cells will throw out a background effect.