ANG Stitch of the Month 2014 - September

by Mary K. Campbell

Bracelet #3: Antique Mathom

Supplies needed:

Mount canvas on stretcher bars.

Decide the length of the bracelet you want:

Start with the actual measurement of your wrist, and add only enough for ease; this bracelet will have no overlap.

e.g.: 7 1/2 inch wrist plus 1/2 inch ease = 8 inches;
8 * 18 threads per inch = 144 threads.

Baste a rectangle with sewing thread the number of canvas threads you decided for the length by 2 inches wide. Your stitching will be within this basted rectangle.

Parma Braid Dividers:

Divide your bracelet into 3 areas so that you can center something (no hint yet) that will be a little less than 1 inch in diameter.

Two possible divisions are shown below. The three areas do not need to be equal in size.

Step 1:

Chain stitch a curved divider line (each chain stitch covering about 3 threads) with 1 strand of white or ecru #5 pearl cotton. Be sure to stay at least 3 threads inside the basted outline on both long edges, but you can start and stop the line at the short ends of your bracelet.

Step 2:

Add parallel lines, 2 threads to the left and 2 threads to the right of the original line. These outer rows may be white, ecru, or your pale color. Make sure the number of stitches is the same in each row: vary the length of the stitches, not the number of stitches on the curves.

In the photos, the colors are used for clarity.

Step 3:

Look at the chain stitched rows you have stitched as 6 parallel lines. First we will work with lines 2 and 3 together (treat them as one line). With white or ecru #8 pearl cotton, put 3 or 4 buttonhole stitches in each stitch, with the festoon edge toward the center of the braid. Do not go through the canvas except at the very beginning and end of the line, or if you need to begin a new thread.

For how to work the buttonhole stitch, refer to Stitch of the Month, September 2001, Buttonhole Stitch at

Step 4:

Now turn your work upside down and do the same process as in step 3 with lines 4 and 5 worked as one. Again, do not go through the canvas except at the beginning and end.

This second row of buttonhole stitches will slightly overlap the first row and will be difficult to stitch without catching the first row of buttonhole stitches. When you are done stitching, you can leave these 2 rows of buttonhole stitches as they are or you can run a blunt needle down the center of the braid to raise the festoons.

The photo below shows a completed line of Parma Braid.

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