|Stem and Outline stitch|
In my mind this is such a simple stitch.
No counting involved, a repetitive one-step movement to the stitch.
|Stem/outline stitch on sun-printed cotton|
Yet, deceptively simple.
To make a good looking stitch line requires uniformity of action.
And some adjustment for the curves and corners.
|Stem and outline stitch around sunprinted initial|
Making stitches on a piece of plain cotton, as opposed to evenweave fabric like those used for counted cross-stitch or needlepoint, requires constant visual gauging of stitch lengths and position.
There's no cheating here!
And this I am humbly reminded as I wobble my way 'round my initial on a fabric drawstring bag I had sun-printed recently.
|sunprinting in process|
The sunprinting a project with my creative buddies at one of our Odd Tuesday get-togethers.
[And many thanks to Gina of Claynfiber for the borrowing of her photos]
Each week she chooses an embroidery stitch which the participants then work in any fashion they choose. All levels of participants can join in - stitch instructions are included on the site, along with some nudges in how to use them in your own designs.