Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thread-u-cation Thursday: Sheaf Stitch
Thread-u-cation Thursday - Sheaf Stitch
These little bundles of yellow thread, created by the Sheaf Stitch, remind me of a cinched waistline or the childhood game of pick of sticks. But for a little landscape quilt, they are perfect for sheaves of wheat gathered in the fields ready for harvest.
Here's how I make my Sheaf Stitches: Make 3 vertical stitches measuring about 1/4" long and spaced about 1/16" apart. Bring the needle up to the surface of the fabric at Point A (which is the center of the middle stitch). Slip the needle and thread under the left vertical stitch. Insert the needle tip under the right vertical stitch and jab it back down at Point A. Pull the thread gently to form a cinched group of threads.
If you line them up, the Sheaf Stitches act as an orderly band of decorative motif racing across the fabric surface. These concentrated deposits of thread are bundles of joy!