A TALE OF TWO STITCHES

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Jan and Jean show the wonderful effects that may be achieved using two of their favourite stitches: Sorbello and Lock Stitch.

A Tale of Two Stitches • Book 11 by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn

In this book we look at just two stitches — Sorbello and Lock stitch, primarily because we like using them. The knotted Sorbello Stitch is worked in thick yarns to produce a chunkier square block, and thinner fibers for a star like pattern. Layers of stitching create lifelike dimensional images. The flexible Lock stitch allows distortion, alteration and embellishment to build up exciting patterns. The Lock Stitch is used with a felting technique to create a complete structure. The concept of working with one stitch and extending the boundaries is not new but it is never possible to overestimate how valuable it can be in terms of innovative approaches to stitch. The purpose of working in this way is not to constrain creativity but to apply lateral thinking and encourage new ways of looking at stitching.

Before exploring at the individual possibilities there are some basic guidelines that apply when working any hand stitching:

  1. When working intensive areas of textured stitching a frame keeps the fabric taut and eases the working process. A floor frame or other hands free frame may also be helpful.
  2. Background fabrics can vary but a not too closely woven fabric, easy to stitch into, such as medium weight cotton will be better for stitching. If a fabric is difficult to work with it acts as a disincentive to building up stitches.
  3. The correct needle will also help. One job of the needle is to ease the path of the thread through the fabric and for thick threads a chenille needle with a large eye and a sharp point will do exactly that.
  4. These days, creative stitchers enjoy experimenting with the fabulous range of threads and yarns now available. They may be collected over years and stored in co-ordinated colors. Torn fabrics, string, wool, raffia, ribbon, braid and knitting tape could all be used.

It is hoped that some of the approaches suggested in this book might encourage you to try, revise and extend these fascinating stitches.

BOOK 11 by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn Jan and Jean show the wonderful effects that may be achieved using two of their favourite stitches: Sorbello and Lock Stitch. The knotted Sorbello Stitch is worked in thick yarns to produce a chunkier square block, and thinner fibres for a star like pattern. Layers of stitching create lifelike dimensional images. The flexible Lock stitch allows distortion, alteration and embellishment to build up exciting patterns. The Lock Stitch is used with a felting technique to create a complete structure.
  • 28 pages of full color illustrations
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  • First published by Double Trouble Enterprises 2003 / Digital Edition 2019
  • ISBN No. 0-9546014-0-8