Embroidery 1963


I would like to introduce you all to a type pf embroidery whitch is becoming very popular. Also it is easy to do, and when you have learned some of the stitchs it goes quite quickly. Theses two points appeal these days when we are all in such a hurry!

This type of embroidery comes form the Scandinavian countries and also Italy, and is worked on linen which is known as "evenweave", which means that both the horizontal and vertical threads are of the same thickness. The term "Pulled" means that in the working when thw needle is inserted under a given number of threads of the material, the actual stitch is pulled up to give an open effect. All this without the truble of drawing the threads. This work is most suitable foe household linen, such as dinner mats ans tray cloths, as there are no loose threads to get caught when ironing.

Pulled fabric embroidery looks very nice if worked on white or ecru linen in thread to match, but some people find this hard on the eyesight. I would suggest you choose some pale shade and work in a contrasting colour, i.e., plae blue on pink linen. or green on yellow, white on blue ect., Whatever appeals to your taste. You will be able to purchase this linen form most larger shops whitch cater for craftwork, and suitable thread whould be Anchor Stranded Cotton, using three strands and a blunt end "tapestry" needle. Don not choose too finelinen, as i n these it is harder to count the threads, and work on a embroibery frame if possible, this keeps it straight.

As a first attempt plan to work a small "sampler" and see how to get on. Most of the better embroidery books have a chapter on this type of work, and many suitable stitches are shown in Mary Thomas' " Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches". Some of th "Penelope" booklets show designs and stitches. Should you make a try cloth ar dinner mat a nice design is to work a corner in Faggot stitch the easiest of all the Stitches (as diagram) and a neat edge stitch completes the artical. I hope very much that you enjoy this embroidery as much as i do, andwish you every success in your work.


Four Sided Stitch (For Edge Stitch)

Working form right to left 

  1. Bring the needle out at A, Insert it a B (Four threads above) and bring it out at C four threads to the left and four down. 
  2. Insert the needle at A and bring it out at D, four threads to the left and four up.
  3. Insert the needle at B and bring it out at C
  4. Insert the needle at D and bring it out at E, four threads to the left and four down.

A row of progress is shown at 5

Single Faggot Stitch

  1. Commencing in the top righ corner, bring the needle out at A, insert at B, four threads to the right, and bring out at C, four threads to the left and four down.
  2. Form C insert the needle at A again, bring it out at D, four threads to the left and four down. The needle will thenenter C again and continue in this way, each stitch being pulled tightly, until the row is finished. For the second row turn the work upside-down and repeat the same proccess again using some of the holes made in the first row.

Several finished row's shown ar 3

Jessica Becher (1963)

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