Trying to find a stitch my grandmother used

by Janie

I'm trying to find a stitch my grandmother used in the 1940s. It looks like a square bird foot, or a comb with the some tynes (spaced out)going one way and then some going another way. Something like this _____l__l__l Then the long line again headed off into a slant. I can't find it in a book or on google, so far. My email address is djnute@yahoo.com

If you know this stitch, could you please tell me its name and how to do it? Thanks from Janie.


Dear Janie,

From your description I have two stitches in mind that it could be. One is feather stitch the other maidenhair stitch Both stitches were used a lot on crazy quilt seams. Do you have a photograph you could send in so I could help you further?

I will be adding both of these stitches to the site in due course, with instructions on how to do them.

Here is a picture of maidenhair stitch with french knots on the ends that I did on a crazy quilt postcard.



Regards,

Carol

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by: Janie

Thanks, Carol. I think it's a blanket stitch done in two directions. She also did a stitch that looks like birds feet or old rakes strung together. And a sort of vine with a chain stitch at all the ends, looking like a flower petal. I'm in the process of getting another computer and, hopefully, a camera that will take decent photos. When that happens, I will send one to you so you can see her stitches. They are beautiful. I've looked at so many sites online and can't find anything like them.

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