Wednesday, 26 October 2011


Tulip stitch using two threads of stranded cotton

New week, new technique: this time it's blackwork. 

Apparently it originated in Tudor times (frequently used to decorate collars and cuffs) but the technique the RSN teaches has evolved considerably.  It now includes lots of complex patterns and the use of different stitches and threads to vary light and shade.  It is stitched on linen, although any evenweave fabric would work (these samples are on Dublin linen with 25 threads per inch).
Interlocking Ys using two threads of stranded cotton

    Tulip stitch shading

Tulip stitch here is done with threads of varying thickness: starting at the left one strand of coton à broder, then one strand of stranded cotton and finally one strand of Gutterman's machine sewing thread.  The tricky part is blending the varying weights of stitches to avoid seeing a line where the threads change.

1 comment:

  1. I love this esp the one with the shading. Have a look at some pictures of karyotypes, this technique would work really well for something inspired by them. Though there is a piece at the Wellcome called 23 pairs by Andrea Duncan that uses knitted socks to resemble chromosomes v effectively too.
    Hope you don't need glasses at the end of all this!