Reading blogs is great for sparking the imagination and I’m constantly seeing interesting things that I could adapt to paper. Last week I saw an example of chicken scratch embroidery and thought its simple geometry would translate well for the little notecards I’ve been making recently.
Chicken scratch works by making several rows of running stitches in one direction, more in a perpendicular direction, then weaving thread through the “holes” in the running stitches to form a pattern that resembles chicken wire.
For this trial effort, I started with my standard empty tissue box, cut two adjacent sides and folded it out-side-in. Then I drew a simple design schematic on graph paper to fit the dimension of this notecard.
I taped the graph paper and punched a pushpin through each place where a needle would pass. Then I sewed the horizontal and vertical running stitches with white crochet thread.
The knots in the front didn’t exactly turn out the way I’d originally envisioned.
Anyway, next I used silver thread to outline each of the diamond-shaped openings between each group of 4 stitches. I referenced this post at Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials to learn the fundamentals for the stitching process and highly recommend it.
Finally, I drew a little ruffle around each of the knots and added a running stitch around the outer edge for a finishing touch.
It looks lacy, old fashioned and geometric-modern all at the same time. I love it!
I immediately began thinking of dozens of possible variations – it’s such an easy and versatile stitch!
For the second notecard, I enlarged the pattern, used jute for the running stitches and added a bead in the center of each diamond.
And couch stitched a border of jute around the edge — couching with a blanket stitch.
Cute? I know! There’s just a huge range of possibilities 🙂
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