This beautiful stitching is knot stitch edging. According to 100 Stitches, this is also know as Antwerp Stitch Edging. This is the first stitch I have done on my 100 Stitches journey that is done of the edge of fabric and I didn't use an embroidery hoop!
I did however, very much enjoy making a hem using my wonderful sewing machine! I am really pleased with the nice way it stitches:
To demonstrate my stitch, I am using this lovely pink floss, DMC color variations pearl cotton #4180:
For the first step of this stitch, the 100 Stitches instructions say to bring the thread in from the back of the fabric. I wanted to hide the knot so I started by slipping the needle into the hem:
and out through the bottom of the hem pulling all the way through. Now the the knot is hidden inside the hem:
The next step is to set up your needle and floss like you are doing a single blanket stitch. Just bring your needle down through the top or right side of the fabric out the back. Where you put your needle in determines how long vertically your stitch will be. I put mine right on my hem stitching line so that I could use that line as a guide line. Notice the postition of the needle and the working thread - the needle is going to pass over the working thread:
as you pull, it begins to form a blanket stitch:
pull all the way through:
Bring your needle around and pass it above the floss that is edging the bottom of the fabric but behind the loop you have just formed:
and start to pull it through - again notice the needle is going to pass over the working thread:
pull all the way through forming the "knot"
That is all there is to it! Now you just set up for the next stitch:
make the single blanket stitch:
and then the knot stitch:
100 Stitches suggests that you space these stitches about 1/4" apart:
It makes for an impressive line of stitching. I think this would look so pretty as an edging on a pillowcase:
This stitch is just as beautiful on the back too:
This stitch was very easy to learn and do. It was a relief after all the trouble I had with the eyelet hole stitch :) Thank you again everyone for all your help!
This is stitch #56 and is in the knotted stitches section of 100 Stitches.