Friday, January 13, 2012

100 stitches - knot stitch edging

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.


Libby said...

Beautiful! I think that this stitch looks like the crochet edging on vintage pillowcases. So pretty!

Denise :) said...

What a lovely, delicate stitch this is!! I will definitely want to use this one in something! :)

MomWaldsPlace said...

Yours came out very nice! I tried this with six strand floss, only three threads of it, and it was not noticeably different from a blanket stitch.

I am so very glad that you did a demo of it, because now I want to try it again. Thanks!

Bits of Stitching! said...

It is lovely and delicate, plus the variegated perle cotton is the perfect choice for it! Thanks for sharing!

Digna said...

Beautiful. Thanks for this tutorial. The pink DMC is nice.

donna!ee said...

beautiful, once again, thank you so much for the time you put into these tutorials. they have truly improved my skills!! blest be :)

RobinfromCA said...

This is a beautiful stitch and an alternative to crochet (which I can't do) on the edges of tea towels, etc.


Lisa said...

Such a nice stitch! A great alternative for pretty edging on a tea towel or pillow case or even a skirt. Thanks Kim!

Karen said...

Thank you so much! It's beautiful and I can't wait to try it!

Kim said...

Libby - Thank you! I would love to see this on a pillowcase.
Denise - Thanks - I am thinking about all the different places this would work too!
Thanks Mom Wald - I know just what you mean about the 6 or even 3 strand, I have been doing all of my stitch demonstrations with the pearl cotton because it is so much easier to see how the stitches are formed.
Thank you Monika - I love the way the color changes along the stitching line
Digna - thank you! I think the pink floss is one of my favorites!
Thanks Donna! I really enjoy doing these :)
Hi Robin - Thank you - This will be a good stitch for me because I cannot crochet either!
Thanks Lisa - I was thinking how beautiful this would look on a tea towel too
Thank you Karen! This stitch is really fun to do.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love this stitch - thanks for sharing!

l'alternativa said...

Molto bello e interessante il tuo blog, con tanti suggerimenti e idee
Mi unisco con piacere ai tuoi followers
A presto

Bonny said...

I am sew impressed by your work!

Kim said...

Archie - Thank you! This is a fun one!
Ciao Emi, Grazie - I'm so happy you found my blog - welcome!
Hi Bonny, Thank you! This stitch is impressive looking and easy to do!

Sparklyjools said...

Really,really pretty Kim, and I am so pleased you love your new machine too!

Vera Terezinha said...

Seu blog é muito interessante.Aprendo muito com os tutoriais.Amo bordar.Muito obrigada.

Anonymous said...

This is great. I love the look of the crochet edging but haven't quite got the hang of it. I think this stitch gives the same effect but I could actually pull it off. Thanks for the tutorial!

Kim said...

Thank you Jules! Yes I love this new machine - so much fun!
Ola Vera - Obrigada! These stitching demonstrations are really fun - I am glad they are helpful!
Hi The Stitch Up - Thank you! I want to learn to crochet but until I can I think this will work!

Laura said...

Precioso !! Tengo que probarlo !

Gracias !!

Kim said...

Laura - Gracias!

Pansypatchworker said...

I think this stitch would look great as an edge to a hankie done with a finer thread. I love it! Thank you all for the demonstration.

Kim said...

Hi Pansypatchworker :) Thank you! Yes, I think that would be a wonderful idea!