Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The NEW Pistil Stitch - A Request and a Knot

And here's another picture of my New Pistil Stitch, a little balloon flower that I wrote about in the previous post.
I want to write about how I made that little bow, but first, I have a request in the interest of copyright courtesy and "where credit is due".

      I hope you'll use this stitch often if you like it, and if you would like to publish it anywhere else, on your web logs or online or on one of your own designs for resale, please give credit and let people know it's from Rosalie Wakefield at Millefiori.  Thanks!

That little bow and the streamers are just knots that you make in your strand of floss. We've all done them, accidentally or on purpose, and discover that a knot which suddenly appears in your embroidery thread stops dead, cold, at the fabric.  What a perfect opportunity to turn it into a stitch!!
       It's how I thought up the Knotted Turkey Stitch (lots of little knotted loops side by side -- perfect with Cire or Nova, lightly twisted floss weights that unwind to straight fibers and beautiful turkey work).

So, to use the Knotted Loop Stitch for half of the bow, bring your threaded needle up and tie a knot about 1" to 1-1/2" above the fabric. Go down and out right next to this spot and - OOPS! - knot stops on top of the fabric. 
    Wait a minute!  Even bigger OOPS!  --it made a pretty loop.

Make another for the other side of the bow. Add the streamers by coming up from the fabric, making a knot and pushing it right down to the fabric with the tip of your needle.

By the way, this stitch also makes very pretty little butterfly wings. Make a large Knotted Loop Stitch for the upper wing and a small Knotted Loop Stitch for the lower wing.  Add a bullion (or bead) body and a fly stitch for antennae. Very pretty. Sparkly thread (I like Candlelight, which is a Z-twist fiber) - even prettier!
      Oh, you noticed!   Yes, I make my butterflies starting with the fly stitch. The fly stitch is finished with a 10-wrap bullion as a tacking stitch, which then becomes the body of the butterfly.  (Two for the price of One is a Very Good Price!)


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