Tuesday, December 10, 2013

100 Stitches - Honeycomb Filling Stitch

Time for another 100 Stitches post.  Next on the list is the Honeycomb Filling Stitch.  Sadly, I do not understand the instructions for this stitch! I haven't been able to find any other information or instructions - in fact an internet image search returns stitches that look nothing like this one!   I followed the steps in 100 Stitches and this is what I came up with.  I would love to hear from anyone that has experience with or ideas about this stitch. 

Because this stitch is in the Drawn Fabric Embroidery category, I used my  medium weave linen  fabric.  You really need to be able to count the spaces between the warp and weft threads on this one!

The stitch is worked from the top to the bottom.  The first step is to come up through the fabric.

Now count over four threads to the right and insert the needle:

Pull all the way through.  Count down four threads and bring the needle back up through the fabric:

Pull all the way through and go back into the fabric four threads up - this will be go into the same hole that your floss first went into going into the fabric:

Pull all the way through.  Count back down the four threads and come back out of the fabric.

Now count four threads to the left and go into the fabric:

Pull through.  Count four threads down and come up through the fabric:

Pull through.  Count up four threads and go back into the fabric:

Pull through and count back down the four threads and come up out of the fabric:

Just continue these steps for the length of your stitching line.

Next, and this is where I do not understand the instructions, the next step says to turn your fabric and hoop around and start a new row working in the same way.  I started working again from top to bottom.   However, to make it look like the diagram in 100 Stitches, I started by coming out of the fabric four threads to the right:

Count four threads back to the left and go into the fabric:

Pull through and count down four threads and come back up through the fabric.  These vertical lines will be sharing the same holes:

Just continue on like before and stitch the next row:

All the way to the end of the stitching line.  Mine looks just like the 100 Stitches diagram here:

But now, I wouldn't know what to do next.  There are no more diagrams or instructions.  Any thoughts?

This is the underside of this stitch:

Up close, you can see how nicely the fabric is drawn, creating these open spots:

I think this is a beautiful stitch - but I don't think I have done it correctly!

This is #90 on the list of 100 Stitches.


Sparklyjools said...

It looks great anyway! Well done - you know I'm always impressed with your great tutorials -especially the counting ones:)!

donna!ee said...

fabulous...thank you much for sharing! ;)

Kim said...

Thank you Jules :) The counting ones are always a challenge!
Hi donna!ee - You are welcome :)

Silvia LGD (Little Green Doll) said...

It looks very nice Kim! :)
I cannot help you with your doubts.

mary said...

I think you did it right! I found this link on google: http://www.artsanddesigns.com/cgi-bin/makeGlossary.pl?category=embroidery&section=H (you have to scroll down some). The picture is faint, but it looks just like yours. I think your work is great!

Kim said...

Silvia - Thank you!
Hi mary - Thank you!! That looks just like the diagram from 100 Stitches :) Thank you so much for finding this and sending me the link - the stitch description they wrote is really easy to follow too.