stitchalong part 3

Convent stitch.

This is a variation of laid and couched work, inasmuch as it’s the couched part without the laid. It’s pretty simple.

work with a double thread. Do one long stitch along the length of the area to be covered, as with laid and couched work.

Then bring your double thread out at the top of the stitch you’ve just laid down.

Then couch the bar down – just like couching the top bar in laid and couched work, but at a sloping angle rather than a point.

The just spiral your way down the bar until you get to the bottom.

And repeat. Make sure the bars are nestled snugly against one another so there are no gaps.

You will notice that I haven’t filled the entire space as I normally would with laid and couched work, but rather have stopped at the edge of the box. Because the stitch is quite directional I want to use it to indicate the ribbon curving round the box.

The back, btw, is just a series of tiny points, there isn’t much thread at the back, it all goes on the surface.

So fill in the first part of the ribbon, then work the second section on a slope as though the ribbon is curling around the edge of the box. To ensure a nice smooth flow bring the needle out through the existing stitch.

So you finish with a nice, subtle bend to the ribbon.

Now, you need to work the rest of the pale blue ribbon in convent stitch, but you’ll have to refer to the finished photo because I accidentally smashed my mobile phone with a roman sword this afternoon, and that was one picture I haven’t been able to recover.

Don’t worry, I’ve managed to download the rest of the progress pics onto my laptop, it’s just that one that’s gone missing.


~ by opusanglicanum on October 6, 2017.

6 Responses to “stitchalong part 3”

  1. Thanks so much for including convent stitch in the dragon embroidery. I have read it about it but I never found a stitch diagram. And I am unaware of any historical embroidery with it in the US.

    Is the thread on the back was about one-quarter the length of the thread on the surface? Or would it be possible for you to post a photograph of the back of the ribbon portion of the embroidery? That would be helpful in determining how much thread is on the back and on the surface when couching.

    I am so sorry to hear that your phone didn’t survive the battle with the Roman sword.

    • sixth photo shows the back.

      As far as I’m aware all the surviving examples are in germany, it’s mainly the malterer hanging. I had trouble finding out about it myself many years ago, and ended up doing it upside down for a while, which is actaully bokhara couching

  2. In fairness, I don’t think battles with Roman swords are among the hazards mobile phones are expected to face….!

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