Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Pistil Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursdays- Pistil Stitch
The pistil stitch has me hooked and now I must use it on everything!  It's a relative of the French knot only taller and sassier. Making a French knot (see my Jan. 21 blog entry) is very similar to making the pistil stitch except you extend where you return the needle. So, rather than sticking the needle back down where it came out, you stab it down away from the entry wound.. Here's how I do it:


Hold the thread horizontal to the fabric and wind it around the needle 3 times. Select a point about 1/4" - 1/2" away from where the thread came up out of the fabric. Insert the needle into the fabric and slowly draw the thread through the knot while still holding the thread gently in your left hand.
Pistil stitches are not only for....pistils. I use them for little bird necklaces and head dresses as well. This is a detail from Coleen's Calling Birds #13 made with hand-dyed silk and stitched with Size 12 threads. Doesn't she look fetching?




19 comments:

Michele said...

Your bird is quite sassy! Love that stitch. I'm enjoying learning embroidery with you.

Darlene said...

Oooh, what fun! That little bird is so cute. Now I need to start a project to use all the neat stitches you're showing us. Thanks!

Jackie said...

That is a great little stitch. I really like how it looks and it looks fantastic on the bird.

Robin said...

I love french knots and this is a great addition to that . Thanks for sharing.

Artistic Artifacts said...

A wonderful stitch! Love your colors and shapes! Judy

Maggie Szafranski said...

Another stitch for our armory! And thanks for giving us ideas on how to use them!

Karen Newman Fridy said...

I used to do candlewicking (AGES ago!) and love french knots, but don't remember ever learning this stitch...it's quite nice! Thanks for sharing!

Exuberant Color said...

That stitch is new to me. I just may have to add some hand stitches in a near future project. Thanks for the instructions.

Mary-Kay said...

That's a neat little stitch. At first glance I thought you had added a bead. And then I read the instructions and I realized it was a knot. Very nice! And it looks really pretty around the bird's neck.

Lisa said...

That is a great stitch. I imagine it would be very fun using it as a seed stitch too. A little pop at the end of each stitch!

Michelle said...

I've never seen that stitch before, it's great! I love how you used it on the little bird! Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...

I tried a French knot once! It looked more like a French horn though. Tee-hee-hee! I love that you are posting these stitches. I've been wanting to incorporate more hand stitching into my work and you're quite an inspiration! This pistil stitch is really cool, and it's fun to say too!
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XUE said...

Konnichiwa Laura! I love French knots & I always enjoy looking at all the lovely colours & creations that you have here!

Diane J. Evans said...

Didn't know this stitch at all until you shared it -- great uses for it, Laura. Thanks!

Diane

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Thanks so much for offering these stitches laura, I love the pistol stitch and yes she is very handsome.

Mary Bajcz said...

This might be the perfect thing to decorate around my bird's eyes that are just french knots, but need more....thank you for the inspiration, Laura.

Kaye Turner said...

One of my favourite stitches - I've never seen anyone demonstrate it before. Wonderful!

Karen said...

I did not know this stitch! I have made a similar stitch...really a mistake, while doing a french knot. AND I UNDID it!! What was I thinking>??? Love how your working it and now I have to go try it too! on purpose this time...

kanishk said...

I really like how it looks and it looks fantastic on the bird.

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