For the last square in my pulled work embroidery sampler, I had decided to do some stitches that created a raised appearance. This raised effect is produced by pulling the rows of stitches towards each other underneath the fabric, so that the top of the fabric has a small “bubble”.
The double backstitch uses the same concept as a backstitch, but uses it over two rows to pull these rows together. It is worked horizontally.
This stitch creates rows of holes, with a raised row of fabric that puffs up in between. I found it very easy to do and it has a very pretty effect, which you can see in my sampler below.
As in previous posts, when you are beginning a new row be sure to take the thread from the top of one row to the bottom of the next (or the furtherest distance that the thread can possibly take), which helps the tension remain even throughout your work.
The cushion stitch is a variation of the double backstitch, and is structurally very similar to it. The main difference is that the rows move apart from each other in steps, instead of staying straight, to create rounder “puffs” in the work.
As can be seen from this example, the double backstitch could be used to create a variety of different effects by varying the distance between the rows.
My finished square looks like this:
I really enjoyed these stitches. The effect is quite different to what I had seen with the previous sampler squares and I liked it.
This was my last square in my sampler, but there are so many more stitches to try. I feel like this has just given me a taste of some filler stitches to use for my up-and-coming project: an embroidered fichu.
The last post in this series is Part Nine, involving the border, and it will be coming soon!
Making a Pair of Lawn Ruffles – with whitework
Sources and Relevant Links
Many different Pulled stitches – by Lynxlace