2015 ANG Stitch of the Month - August
by Rozelle Hirschfelt
Top Layer, petals 1 and 5
- This kite pattern is worked in double running or Holbein stitch and is fully reversible, producing the same pattern on the front and the back. Only one row of the pattern is worked starting at the base of the petal and working to the tip. As with many Holbein patterns, stitches can be added or subtracted to create shading. The chart shows one of the kite shapes with interior stitches that look like the wooden frame of a kite. Use these to add shading at the base of the petal if you choose.
- Use 1 strand of the lighter color of 6 stranded cotton floss. Begin and end threads just inside the inner circle using a pin or L stitch when possible. If you must begin or end a thread elsewhere, use a pin or L stitch in the outline. They will be covered by the outline stitches. Reversible blackwork or Holbein embroidery has many patterns. This is just one that fits the diagonal petals well. Add or subtract stitches to increase or decrease shading. Add the stitches that resemble the wood frame in the interior of a kite near the base of the petal and omit them near the tip. The chart gives a stitch sequence that places the kites on one side of the diagonal row of boxes on the forward journey and the kites on the other side on the return journey. It also shows sequences with and without the 'frame' stitches. This pattern has a two unit repeat. To make a longer row, stitch 25 is a repeat of stitch 1. The base pattern is from Ilse Altherr's Blackwork & Holbein Book 2.
Sample of forward journey, front side:
Sample of forward journey, reverse side:
Sample of completed row, front side:
Sample of complete row, reverse side: