Well who would have thought I could stitch a whole page just on running stitch, that simple little stitch I learnt on binca as a three year old! Like many simple things in life, I think it’s simplicity makes it very versatile. Sharon from Pintangle is running a new stitch challenge along side the new series of TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) it’s called Beyond TAST and she gives us a stitch to develop over a month or so. The first one was running stitch.
My first thought was to stitch a Kanthe embroidery kit of a moon gazing hare I have, it would have nicely been a kit stitched from my 18 for 18 challenge too! The month went passed with no running hare! A couple of nights ago I suddenly decided to do a page for my stitch book just in running stitch, I already had the outline stitched so I knew it wouldn’t take too long.
I chose DMC 4240 which is a lovely subtle variegated floss in dark blues and purples, I started off with a straight forward four rows of running stitch, neatly stacked into columns. My next row is the diamond pattern, I think officially the centre diamonds are satin stitch as I didn’t stitch them in a continuous row but went back and added them
The next three samples were all stitched straight across the row, which took some concentrating until I got the pattern sorted, I like the way the variegation changes across the patterns. The one on the right is whipped running stitch, I think if it was stitched even closer together it would give a great basket-weave effect.
The trellis at the bottom left of the sampler was developed as I went a long, that’s another one that took a bit of concentration as moving across the diagonals didn’t seem as easy as it should have been. I did wonder about putting a cross in each gap but I decided to keep it simple with just cross-stitch.
The three vertical rows on the right are all whipped running stitch, showing the different patterns you can achieve.
I was quite surprised how much I could stitch with just a simple running stitch! I’ve now completed four double page spreads of my stitch sampler, so I think I’ll start stitching them up as I go along into a book, so I’m not left with a big pile of pages. I’m just trying to decide what to put inbetween the pages, do I just put some interfacing on the back to keep them a bit crisper, or add some batting, or just say a bit of calico? I think I might ask advice on the Textile book facebook page.
I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday,why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been creating.