Hand-Sewing Stitches from
The Sewing Book
Anne L. Jessup
Mrs. Jessup suggests simple embroidery as a way to get acquainted with
your needle. I suggest finding a good
introduction to embroidery such as Enthoven's
Stitches of Creative Embroidery and making
a sampler. You
can practice for hours without getting bored, and
some of the stitches you learn may be
useful. Even if you do all your embroidery
with backstitch, outline, and chain stitch, it's
nice to know that you've chosen these simple
stitches, rather than using them because you've
never heard of any others.
When I put this illo up here, I thought that
"combination stitch" was a combination of running
stitch and back stitch: our running back stitch.
I noticed the lack of gaps in the row of stitches,
and thought it was a mistake on the artist's part.
When I finally got a bmp file of sufficient
resolution to think of correcting that mistake, I
was forced to think about what the needle was
doing and realized that this isn't running back
stitch at all. It's a combination of running
stitch and bar tacks!
Note that the needle comes up exactly where it
came up before, making a stitch half as long as
would be needed for closed backstitch, goes over
one stitch length, then dips and comes up in
position to make another bar tack. This does,
indeed, look exactly like closed back stitch as
the artist drew it. On the back, it would look
like a row of two-stitch bar tacks separated by
gaps just as long as the bar tacks.
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