Needleweaving & Rosehips

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I never want you to feel like I am selling you something for my benefit–EVER.  In yesterday’s post I gave a link for an article I wrote more than a couple of years ago for The AQS magazine  “American Quilter” which included an illustration for the needleweaving stitch.  Like you, I am not allowed to copy and post it here due to copyright (I sold the rights), even though I wrote and illustrated the article.  To get the article online, you must be a member and obviously that has a price tag unless you are already a member.  I could not find my original illustration.

So…….These are NOT perfect photos by any stretch and I am still in my pajamas (its past noon!) trying to get these done for those of you who do not have a membership so you have access to instructions without reaching into your wallet.  Here is the “two-thread” version of the needleweaving stitch aka “Picot stitch” I used for the Rosehips.

I am using the Lecien “Cosmo” brand cotton embroidery thread which comes off this spool in two threads ready to go. Any other thread will work as well, but since this is what I used, I am demonstrating with it.  A regular sewing pin with a ball top (glass in this case) and a size 9 embroidery needle (Crewel needle).  The 5″ hoop I use is by Morgan.

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 When you start to “weave” you are NOT piercing the fabric.  The “picot” remains loose on the surface.  The patterning is over and under, over and under, back and forth without piercing the fabric.

 

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 As you weave each level, do not pull tightly, but gently, to keep the tension right.  Pulling tightly distorts and alternatively, leaving the tension too loose, will look sloppy and irregular.  I put my thumb over the weaving and press down gently as I gently tug to get the right tension.  You can feel it.

 

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To position the picot in different ways like I have done with the rosehips, just lay in the position you want and then take the needle to the back to secure. The picot is only connected to the fabric at the base, so it is moldable almost anyway you want to posiition it.  (I am really sorry about the lousy photos)

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I hope this helps and have a good weekend.  Remember to take care of yourself and steal some time for needle and thread!

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