| When I looked at the dozen or so blocks I have made in the last few
months, I discovered I had been in a seam treatment rut. I was using
basic stitches, instead of combinations of stitches and relying heavily on
Since I charted some of these seam treatments I was trying, I thought I
would share them with our readers. Many of the ones I created are
pretty standard floral patterns, but my favorite one is a a combination of the Tête de Boeuf and Sheath Stitch, which I
created for a special block. I really liked the symbolism of mixing a
stitch that looked like a bull or steer's head with one that looks like a
tied sheath of wheat.
Also included this month is a floral pattern. This
design utilizes Detached Chain Stitches, with French Knot centers to create
flowers and Fly Stitches as the greenery.
If you need any help with creating the individual stitches
and do not have an embroidery reference book handy, you can visit my
personal online stitch dictionary at
http://www.prettyimpressivestuff.com/stitches/index.htm for further
instructions on the individual stitches used.