Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stitch of the week: Norwich Stitch

The Norwich stitch, also known as the Waffle stitch, is a counted thread stitch where you stitch 3 rows diagonally, stitching over 3 intersections, then 4, then 3, and then stitch the same amount of rows in the opposite direction so the stitches intersect. This stitch fills a square area, but produces a diamond pattern in the center of the stitch. Use solid color threads or overdyed threads for a more dramatic effect. It can either be worked in one color or two. Also, a good thing to keep in mind when considering this stitch for your piece is that it looks stunning with an overdyed thread!

Check out the photo below to see some examples of this lovely stitch using threads like kreinik, perle cotton, and watercolors overdyed cotton. This would be a lovely decorative stitch for an abstract geometric piece. When researching how it has been used, one stitcher said she was going to use it for a tissue box cover. Although there was no photo of the finished project, I can imagine that it came out very well!

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