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Our grandparents took a needle and a hook as often as we take to the table and eat, and if not for delight, they did it for pleasure. Later on, they would have to be tied to a chair before they did anything with artistic flare.  Now days, the nostalgia of the past encourages us to bring back this Antique Country style.  Not only is it a form of individualistic expression, but also very simple to make. 
 
        Lazy-Daisy                       French Knot                  French multi-Knot
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   Stem stitch                           Satin stitch 1                     Satin stitch 2

 

    Lazy-Daisy   A variation of the chain stitch.

Bring the needle out at the desired location, go back down at the same place. Come back out where you want the petal to end. Place the loop around the needle .Go back down in the same place and come back up in the center of the flower for the next petal.

 

    Stem stitch 

 Bring the needle out at the desired location. Insert it to the right, and bring it out again halfway between the beginning and of the stitch.

Generally, in doing this stitch, it looks neatest if you keep your thread always below the stitch or always above (or always to the left or always to the right) - just be consistent in whatever you choose to do.

 If you see a few spots of fabric showing through in the solidly filled areas, just add a few straight stitches going in the same direction to fill in those spots

 

   French Knot  

  French multi-Knot

 Bring the needle up through the fabric. Point the needle at your-self, then wrap the thread or floss clockwise around the needle .Insert the needle back down through the fabric one thread away from the exit point.

  Satin stitch 1            

  Satin stitch 2

  

 Satin stitches are simply straight stitches worked very closely together to fill in a solid shape. That shape is sometimes outlined for additional definition. Note: Threads should lie closely side by side, but not overlapping.

 


   
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