Sunday, 31 August 2008

Teal leaf and the four-legged knot stitch


I learnt a new stitch today that is most pleasurable to do: four-legged knot stitch (p76 of Country Bumpkins’ A-Z of Embroidery Stitches)

It has undertones of palestrina – probably why it appeals to me – and reminds me of a) a South African band called The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters and b) America’s stars and stripes. Quite apt in today’s Obama-fuelled times.

I’ve used it as a filler stitch instead of the usual seed stitch in the third leaf, done in teal blues, of my Jacobean leaves embroidery. I like it. I like it a lot.