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Legendary Stitches Make It into Computer Age

July 27, 2012

Level 1 Experimental Hand Embroidery Course – Artemesia

Last week a group met at our Center to dye fabric and threads to create a handmade book using stitches of the past.  It seems remarkable that we are still using the same stitches that our ancestors used.  Each generation uses them for different purposes. Each country has its own custom and way of working as has always been the case.  Stiitches have been named and renamed but under it all the same stitches still show up.  People are discovering these stitches as if the stitches themselves had just emerged from a long sleep. Reinventing ourselves and our world seems to be a constant reminder that life goes on but takes with it part of the past. At last the world has discovered something that takes as long to do as does the art of embroidery – the art of the computer. It will be interesting to see how we can merge both together in the future.  Long live: Chain Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch and Straight Stitch!!!!!   What is your favorite stitch?  Gail

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2012 4:41 pm

    My favorite stitch is Cretan Stitch:)

  2. July 30, 2012 9:39 pm

    I do love French knots but then I also like stem stitch, chain stitch and seed stitch. And of course I ended up really liking Kantha too! Hard to choose 🙂

  3. Penny Peters permalink
    August 7, 2012 1:16 am

    Great pics of a fun workshop. We achieved gorgeous dyed acrylic and wool felt to stitch, and practiced beautiful line stitches with hand dyed threads! Penny

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