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japanese darning stitch

Posted by on 25 Feb 2013 | Category:

This stitch incorporates the darning stitch and the holbein stitch. This stitch a kind of lovely geometric pattern that can be used as a patterned filling over large areas.

You need to know the darning stitch  and the holbein stitch to understand this tutorial.

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Fig 1: First make rows of running stitch in a brick like manner, as you would in darning stitch. Try to keep the stitches longer and the spaces shorter for a better effect.   Fig 2: On the return journey of the stitch, join the running stitches on the upper and lower adjacent rows. These straight stitches that will join the running stitches would be slightly angled, as shown.
japanese_darning_stitch_3   Fig 3: The finished pattern would look like this.

diamond eyelet stitch

Posted by on 07 Aug 2012 | Category:

The diamond eyelet stitch is technically worked like the algerian eye stitch. Only, it works around a diamond outline, and carries more spokes (straight stitches) for a filled effect. Again, this can be used wonderfully over even weave cloth to create great textured fillings.

I will be working within a diamond shaped area to illustrate this stitch. This illustration shows working the straight stitches from the outside to the centre. You can work the straight stitches from the centre too.

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Fig 1: Start by bringing up the needle from a corner of the diamond shape, point A. Take the needle in through the centre, that is, point B. Then, bring the needle out from C and again in through B, as shown.     Fig 2: Keep up with this procedure to fill the entire diamond shape. Keep the number of straight stitches even, atleast twelve.  
diamond_eyelet_stitch_3   Fig 3: A finished diamond eyelet looks like this.  

god’s eye stitch

Posted by on 28 Jun 2011 | Category:

Also known as: Ojo de dios

This stitch is technically similar to the whipped spider wheel stitch. The only difference lies in the base of straight stitches around which weaving is done. God’s eye stitch is made of two straight stitches which lies over each other to form a cross. After whipping around the four arms of the cross, one arm will remain extended. The tutorial will make this clearer.

This stitch is inspired from a technique used to make an ancient symbol by the Huichol Indians of Mexico and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia. This symbol is a reprentation of the ability to see and understand the unseen, and so like the eye of god. They use two sticks in the shape of cross around which the weaving is done using colorful threads and wool. In Mexico, the central eye is made when a child is born, adding a bit to it each year, and finishing it up when the child turns five. In Bolivia, this piece of work was placed on altar so that the gods could watch over and protect the people.

To make this stitch, it is an advantage if you know the stitch technique to whipped spider wheel.

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Fig 1: Start by making a cross with two straight stitches, A-B and C-D, as shown. It looks like a christian cross. Fig 2: Now, bring out the needle with a different color from one of the four corners of the cross, as shown. Then, we start whipping around each arm of the cross, taking back stitches.
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Fig 3: Continue the process of takign back stitches and whipping around each arm till the top three arms are completely filled. The lower arm will remain extended and unfilled in the lower portion. Fig 4: A completed god’s eye stitch will look like this. A bigger cross would show clearer features. Using wool or perle cotton thread to whip around the cross would make the stitch look neater and more enhanced.