of the Month
January 2002: Four-Way Continental
by Ann Dean Landry
The Four-Way Continental creates a lacy effect on the canvas. As the name implies, the continental stitch is stitched in four directions. However, since it is an open stitch, it must be worked in horizontal or vertical rows in order to establish a path back to the beginning of the row. Because the Four-Way Continental does not have a distinct pattern, it is a great background stitch. When using this stitch for a background, it is a good idea to choose a thread smaller than the threads of the ground fabric.
1, Step 1
2, Step 2
Samples stitched by Pat Timpanaro
There are many variations of the Four-Way Continental Some of the most popular are those in which the basic stitch is extended to cover 2 or more canvas threads, leaving space for other stitches.
Over 3 Canvas Threads
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