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« on: October 29, 2018 02:37:02 AM »

I thought I'd put up a tutorial on this stitch because I think it will be very useful as a filling stitch for any scaly creature, not only my dragon
I don't know what its real name should be as I only discovered it while messing about with a needle and thread as suggested by Mary Corbet in her Stitch Play articles.

First Row
1 Simple running stitch to the left.
2 Simple running stitch back to fill in the gaps

Second Row
3 On each stitch slip the needle up and under the thread of the stitch above,
4 Before going back down into the fabric to complete the stitch
5 Going back the other way the needle passes from above downwards under the thread of the stitch above before going back into the fabric.

Third row
6 Start the row half a stitch length in from the edge so the needle comes up below the centre of the stitch in the previous row.
7 Pass the needle under the threads of the two stitches above where they meet before going back down into the fabric to complete the running stitch.  It is this bit that makes the nice scale effect.
 Repeat this going back the other way to fill in the gaps.

Fourth Row
8 This is basically the same as the third row but starting from the edge.

Repeat the Third and Fourth Rows to fill the space.

I also did a Twisted variation of the stitch

The First and Second Rows are the same as for starting the basic stitch but on the Third and subsequent rows the stitch is twisted.
1 Stitching to the left the needle passes from Left to Right under the threads of the stitches in the row above.

On the return pass it is slightly more complicated
2 The needle goes from Right to Left under the threads of the stitches in the row above
3 And then goes from Left to Right under the thread of the stitch you are making to make the twist.

I hope that isn't too confusing. It is actually a very quick and easy stitch.
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018 05:19:46 AM »

Wow! What a gorgeous stitch! Thanks for the tute!

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