Stitch of the Month
January 2005: Double Tramé Couching with Herringbone Filling

by Sharon G

January's stitch of the month is an elegant open background done in one ply of Accentuate. It would be equally effective in any metallic such as Kreinik #4 or Blending Filament, or Rainbow Gallery's Petite Treasure Braid and absolutely stunning with Bijoux or Lacquered Jewels. You can even use a single ply of floss or any of the overdyed stranded silks or cotton. Try laying the long stripes in silk floss and doing the Herringbone portion in a metallic. I can even see the stripes in one of the velvet threads and the couching and Herringbone portions in metallic. It makes lovely wallpaper.

The stitch is a two-part stitch done in Double Tramé couching. Between the couched stripes you have a Herringbone stitch. It goes fast, is open and lacy and very feminine. The diagram of the stitched model shows a larger area of the stitch than diagramed.

General instructions

The sample was done with one ply of Accentuate on 18 mesh.

Please pay close attention to the placement of the stitches in reference to the vertical and horizontal intersections of the canvas. You may experience some slippage of that part of the stitch under the canvas threads if the second step is placed over a horizontal intersection.

I recommend stitching your canvas in stretcher bars to maintain proper tension. Bring your needle up at all odd numbers, sink it at all even numbers.

Diagram 1
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Step 1, Diagram 1: Lay all the vertical stripes first. You should anchor your thread in the margin of your canvas. The stripes will span the entire length of the area you wish to cover. (Hint: you can use a very long length of thread for this step since it will not enter and exit the canvas numerous times causing it to abrade.) The stripes are couched down with a basic cross stitch. Be sure all your crosses go in the same direction. This will bring the two threads up onto the vertical thread of the canvas leaving you with a nice solid coverage.

Step 2, Diagram 2: The red threads indicate the new portion of the stitch. The black threads indicate the Step 1 stitches already placed.

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In Step 2, it is very important to try to use a length if thread that will be long enough to cover the length of the area to be stitched. You can carefully start and stop mid stripe, however, you may get a slightly different "pull" on the stitch. If you need to end and begin mid stripe, try to end the thread below the area stitched and start it above the area already stitched. This will help you maintain the proper pull on the thread and will maintain the integrity of the stitch.

Diagram 3 shows the completed stitch without the numbers. 

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