For the second square in my pulled work embroidery sampler, I decided to try some pulled satin stitches. All embroiderers are familiar with using the normal satin stitch, but a pulled satin stitch differs in that it pulls the threads of the fabric together (or apart) to create a pattern.
A spaced satin stitch can have different variations from just changing the length or number of stitches or the spaces between the sets of stitches. The particular combination below resembles a bricked pattern or wavy line when completed.
As for the first post in this series, when you come to end of the row take the thread from the top of one row to the bottom of the next. This makes it easier to maintain an even tension at the edges of your work.
A stepped satin stitch can be done in many different combinations and below it is shown in a checked pattern. I struggled to get the spacing correct in my sampler, but it does help to have it graphed or sketched out on paper beforehand!
A basketweave stitch is just satin stitch placed close in sets with each set in an alternating direction, and it resembles weaving once completed. It is difficult to separate out the threads of the fabric once you have already pulled a set closed, which is why my example has a extra strand between each set.
My finished square looks like this:
I really liked how the spaced satin stitch turned out. The other two stitches might require a bit more practise on my part, and if they covered a larger area they might look more effective.
Part Three of this series follows!
Making a Pair of Lawn Ruffles – with whitework
Sources and Relevant Links
Pulled Stitches – by Lynxlace – This site has many many different variations of pulled stitches, with some free patterns for samplers as well.