Learning new stitches

Mary Corbet, owner of Needle ‘N Thread, has posted several embroidery tutorials on YouTube.  All of the basic stitches are there, but she also demonstrates rare stitches as well.  This is where I learned about the colonial knot and the oyster stitch, which I decided to use to fill in the fins of my cuttlefish:

cuttlefishknots

This week, I finished the striped area and began to fill in the fins with french and colonial knots, and oyster stitches.

During my learning process, I discovered that if the colonial knot is reversed, a different stitch is formed.  This other knot is much smaller and doesn’t have the roundness of a colonial or french knot.

Here is the needle and thread set up for a colonial knot.  The row of stitches on the left are french knots.

Here is the needle and thread set up for a colonial knot. The row of stitches on the left are french knots.

reverse colonial knot

This is the alternative knot I discovered: the setup is similar to the colonial knot, except that the thread does not pass over top of the needle.

Left to Right: Oyster knots, french knots, colonial knots, "reverse" colonial knots.  Notice how much small the knots on the right are from the french and colonial knots.

Left to Right: Oyster knots, french knots, colonial knots, “reverse” colonial knots. Notice how much smaller the knots on the right are from the french and colonial knots.

If you have seen this alternative stitch, please let me know what it is called.

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About Erin

I am a watercolor and embroidery artist who loves going to art exhibits and meeting other artists.
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