Saturday, July 13, 2013
I have learned another stitch on my list from 100 Stitches. This is the Diagonal Raised Band Stitch.
This stitch is from the Drawn Fabric Embroidery Stitches category. Stitches from that category require the ability to count the threads in the fabric so I used a medium weave linen fabric. As you can see, it is so easy to count the individual threads! For my floss, I used DMC Color Variations perle cotton. This is #4180:
The stitch is a series of straight stitches worked from right to left and back again. It results in a diagonal line of stitching. The first step is to come up through the fabric at the bottom right side of the stitching line:
Count up four threads above and two threads to the left of where the needle emerged and go back into the fabric:
Pull all the way through to make the first straight stitch. Next, come back up through the fabric two threads down and two threads to the left of where the needle went back into the fabric:
Pull all the way through. Now count up four threads above where the needle just emerged, go back into the fabric and pull all the way through to make the next straight stitch:
Now count down two threads and two threads to the left and bring the needle up through the fabric to start the next straight stitch.
Just continue to do those steps until you have a diagonal line of straight stitches. To start back down the line, come up through the fabric just like you were making the next straight stitch:
But now go back into the fabric four threads to the right - the needle goes right into the same hole made by the top of the straight stitch four threads to the right:
Pull all the way through to make a straight stitch. Now bring the needle up through the fabric two threads down and to the left of where your needle just went into the fabric. Notice the needle is emerging from the hole at the base of the straight stitch you just crossed:
Pull all the way through and count four threads to the right and go back into the fabric:
Just continue those steps all the way to the last straight stitch. 100 Stitches did not have any instructions for ending this line of stitching so I just went back into the fabric and secured the thread under the fabric.
Here is the finished stitch:
Here is a picture of the underside of the stitch. You can see how I secured the floss:
Remember to pull the floss tightly to create the drawn fabric look of this stitch. I think this is a really pretty stitch!
This stitch is #92 on the 100 Stitches list.