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boullion stitch

rjf | Posted in General Discussion on

(I hope I spelled that right.) 

I saw a pretty vest the other day with boullion stitch roses…at least I think that’s what it was.  Like an elongated French knot but curved around to make a rose shape.  I can see how the winding should be done but how does one get it to curve and lie flat at the same time.         rjf    

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  1. stitchmd | | #1

    If you make the stitch longer than the surface distance between the beginning and end (where the needle comes up through the fabric and where it goes back in, usually point A and point B on stitch diagram) it will have no choice but to curve. You will probably need to nudge it around a bit with your finger or a small, blunt instrument to get it to lie in the curve and direction you like. Do some practice stitches on a scrap first to decide how many winds and how long a stitch you want.

    1. rjf | | #2

      Of course! The shortest distance between two points! I think I was rendered brain-dead just contemplating trying boullion stitch.  Thanks for the real-world advice.  rjf

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