thread wrangling

07 Apr

I’ve been wanting to incorporate a few new stitches into my vocabulary, so decided that pekinese stitch looks wonderful in a heavier weight thread. Here in a Perle #10, a plain old cotton crochet thread, it creates a wonderful textural line. There’s a notable difference in the look when you let the loop go under, rather than over, extending the use and effect a bit more. Combining two colours makes it more interesting as well.

pekinese stitch C


I also discovered this one, the “overtwist”, via Mary Corbett‘s link to a video by Alison Cole about a 17thC embroidered piece (hers is a SLOW loading site, have patience!). FABulous texture, especially piled up and done with variegated thread, but i’m not sure where it will go  on the piece i am sampling for, or if i will even use it at this time. I hesitate to call it an actual stitch, as it’s more thread manipulation than conventional embroidery stitch. Left is the perle #10, which compacted down and created a heavier mossy effect.The right is a variegated silk perle (#12?), which didn’t want to go all the way down but created some interesting extensions and cones!

overtwist 1 C

overtwist 1b C

overtwist depths C

I found i had to push the twists down to the fabric surface, hold the snarl with my thumb and gently pull the twisted thread through–you can’t pull hard, or all of it or it just goes right through really snarly! The thread also stayed twisted and i was able to get at least 4 “pulls” before i had to retwist. This “stitch” also uses a LOT of thread–the white and ecru started as 24″ lengths, “covering” a half inch with lots of space between actually, 4 “stitches” for each colour! The silk variegated was about 18″ and extends about an inch or so with 4 pass throughs also. Obviously then the original 17th C work must have been horrendously expensive at the time–no running to the store to replenish a run-out-of thread! I think too i will fuse a bit of something to the back to prevent the stitches from pulling through from the front and back, as they are very loose on the surface.

Learn something new every day and you know you’re not dead!


5 responses to “thread wrangling

  1. Marie

    April 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, that video featuring Alison Cole is fantastic! I read Mary Corbett’s blog but missed that link. The turquoise thread you’re using looks gorgeous.

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    • arlee

      April 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      The turquoise is party of the variegation


  2. Marie

    April 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Well duh! Now I feel silly 🙂 I’m catching up on my blog reading right now and sure enough when I got to Mary’s I realized she only just shared that video link (I thought it was from an old post that I had missed).

    I need another cup of coffee….carry on….

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    • arlee

      April 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm



  3. Barbara M

    April 10, 2015 at 1:06 am

    THANK YOU, Arlee for the link to that video – it is fascinating, I love the effect of the overtwist and can think of so many translations for it


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