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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thread-u-cation Thursday: 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.
Size 12 threads. Doesn't she look fetching?