Gay Ann Rogers Needlework

Gay Ann Rogers Needlework

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Lesson #6 Thread Direction

Paying attention to the way the thread comes up and down in a hole.

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After you have been stitching for a while, you will learn to look at your work with a more critical eye.


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Lesson #6  Thread Direction


In Lesson 5 I discussed a revised way of beginning and ending threads. This lesson shares much in common with Lesson 5: it is a way of making the ever-so-slight slant of stitches more consistent. In later lessons, when we reach advanced,  I will discuss thread weight and why I make some of my choices.  I often choose a lighter-weight thread. one that doesn't fill up the canvas holes and then the issue of stitch direction becomes even more important.


Below is a graph illustrating three short rows of Gobelin Stitch and the often-suggested way of working the pattern.

Row 1: up at 1, down at 2, up at 3, down at 4, etc.

Row 2: up at A, down at B, up at C, down at D, etc.

Rose 3: up at 1, down at 2, etc.













Stitch the row on a doodle canvas as I've written it

above, then look carefully at the row and you might

find that the stitch direction changes ever so slightly

to look like the graph on the right.













As time goes on, I find more frequently I stitch a

row and end off the thread, then begin anew, stitch

the second row and end off the thread, then begin a

third row and end off the thread.


I find this technique most useful when I am working

with a thread that doesn't fill up the hole in the

canvas. It is particularly useful in pulled thread

patterns where thread direction tends to show up

most noticeably.


And I should add: I am a thread squanderer: I tend

to begin each row with a new thread so I can travel

the distance of the row if at all possible with a single

 thread. For even the most skilled among us, there is

always a slight interruption to the flow of a pattern

when one changes thread.


Why not save yourself the interruption and the time

and energy it takes to conceal the change by completing

each row with a single length of thread whenever



And one more addition to this lesson: my way isn't the

conventional way, but then I've found over time, my

way is almost never the conventional way.