stitchalong next bit

German Brick stitch.

Ok, so I’m going to admit here that counted work isn’t really my thing, I find it boring to do, and often a little dull to look at. Some of the copes done in this technique are amazing though, where various patterns are used as fillers for clothed figures, and that’s what I’ve taken as inspiration here.

The technique itself is very simple, it’s basically tent stitch/needlepoint, but done along the straight grain of the cloth instead of on the slant.

So, Bring your needle up, count four threads along the grain, and go back down again. Four along the straight, that’s it – that’s also the hard bit, I find it quite difficult sometimes to stay straight and not wobble off into the next row.

Where tent stitch staggers diagonally, brick stitch, as the name would imply, staggers vertically, so that when laid sideways it looks like a basic brick pattern.

So, skip along to the next row of threads, and down two so that the needle comes up halfway along the stitch you just did, then go up another four. The only time you vary from the pattern of four is when you’re filling in the edges.

Your row of stich goes diagonally, at quite a steep angle.

Ease yourself into it by starting with the candy cane, which is just rows of alternate colours.

Please note that I haven’t included exact layouts of each pattern piece, but rather overviews of the pattern repeat. This is because how you’ve laid down the other colours will affect the dimensions of the brick stitch, so it’s best just to fit into the available space.

THe ribbon on the red present is also very simple.

With the other present you have a choice – you can either do two different patterns to delinieate the sides of the box, as I’ve done, or you can do the whole box in one pattern and then delineate by using split stitch for the edge on the next phase. Either is valid.

Aim to get to here by the next step

we will look at the split stich outlines next

~ by opusanglicanum on October 27, 2017.

2 Responses to “stitchalong next bit”

  1. I agree with you about counted work. It can produce lovely patterns, but it’s not thrilling to do!

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