AREA 11: Chottie’s Plaid

By Chottie Alderson from A Stitch Book Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of ANG

Threads Used:


Plaid is created by stitching a sequence or repeat count called a “sett.” The sett for this plaid is 7-2-1-2. This represents the years of the ANG’s 40th Anniversary from (19)72-(20)12.

For this heart, the sett is made of the following threads and repeats:

Note The red sample shown above shows one complete repeat of the sett in each direction with one row on either side in the color to continue the pattern.

The Foundation (Diagram A)

“It takes two different diagrams to work this technique. The Foundation (Diagram A) and the Cross Hatch (Diagram B). All stitches on both diagrams come UP from the back of the canvas at ODD numbers and go DOWN into the canvas at EVEN numbers.

Follow the numbers to work the stitches. Please note that you are NOT doing the Continental stitch. In Diagram A, you work horizontal rows.

Yes, you are breaking all the rules in needlepoint. Notice, also you are working EVERY OTHER stitch (every other canvas intersection). When you have laid the foundation to fill your area, you work the Cross Hatch, Diagram B.”

The Cross Hatch (Diagram B)

“Follow the letters of the dark stitches, working vertical columns, to fill in the unworked stitches. Using these two diagrams and a certain color arrangement, you will create a plaid.

Notes: I would recommend ending threads at the edges of the area and not in the middle of a row. After you have finished stitching the area, you can end the threads.

Comments on Stitch

Because you are more used to working continental (tent) stitch, you can very easily slip back into working continental stitch instead of this very different form of laying the stitch (they both look alike on the surface of your canvas). If you turn your canvas over and look at the back side, you will notice it looks like the front except where you tied on or off. It is reversible. I strongly recommend that you turn your canvas over and look at the back quite often as you become used to working this plaid method. This technique is difficult to rip out if you mess it up. (I have been known to use a few well chosen words that are unprintable, when I have had to rip out).

If, for one reason or another (such as a purse flap, etc.) you want to have the piece truly reversible, you tie on and off in the margins and hide the threads in a border binding stitch, or bind the edges with a bias tape or a material cut on the bias.”

Designer Biographical Information

Chottie Alderson authored “Stitchin’ With Chottie” books and “Notes of a Passionate Lady”, as well as teaching for chapters. Among her designs are: Chottie’s Plaid, Elizabethan Sampler, The Firth Sampler, Historic I and Victorian Canvaswork Sampler. She was also a Senior Master Teacher.