Ground Stitch (Naversom)


Ground Stitch (Bottensöm) (for Naversom)

This is another stitch used to create the open work designs worked with a single thread. To make things very confusing, this stitch is worked with straight stitches on the back, which gives diagonal stitches on the front! The stitches are worked from right to left and from the top down. This stitch takes the three threads of the fabric grid and pulls them together making them appear as one large thread when you are finished.

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Goose-Eye (Naversom)

Goose Eye

Goose-Eye Stitch (gåsögon) (for Naversom)

This stitch is used to produce the airy openings in the designs. It is worked over two groups of threads with a single thread. To create the open design it is always worked diagonally from left to right and from the lower edge to the upper. The stitch is done twice around the group of fabric threads to really define the area. As you can see, this stitch is pulled tight as you work it. The more tension you use, the larger the eye will be. A complete goose-eye stitch goes around four sets of threads.

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Diagonal Stitch (Naversom)


Diagonal Stitch (Bjuråkersömm) (for Naversom)

This stitch is a darning stitch made over two groups of threads, working on the diagonal from right to left and from the bottom to the top. It is also worked with a double thread and can be started just as the darning stitch with a loop in the end of the stitching thread. From the back, there will be a continuous line, which makes the stitch resemble a blanket stitch from the back.

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Darning Stitch (Naversom)


Darning Stitch (Stoppsöm) (for Naversom)

A heavier thread is used for the darning stitch, and it is doubled over. Thread your needle with the ends of the threads so there is a loop at the end of them. Make your knot by taking your needle under the fabric threads where you want to start. Then run your needle through the loop. The darning stitch is used for the border design starting at a corner and working right to left. The very corner stitch is not worked so that the pattern will be symmetrical with a mitered look. The darning stitch can also be used to outline heavier motifs such as a diamond in the center of a doily.

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