Threadcandy Thursday …on Wednesday!…..Catch on to Cast On Stitch!
This divine stitch looks gorgeous in variegated threads like the one I used at the weekend for the flower (See this weeks Website Wednesday!) and lends itself to using Perlé threads beautifully. They can be used for petals, wings and just like Bullion Knots make the yummiest roses!
Given Threadcandy Thurdsay is about all things ‘threadage’, I simply must show you some of the most wonderful stitches with which multi-coloured threads can be used.
A tapestry needle will be fine to use but if you have a Milliners needle, which is a longer needle than most, then this is a nice needle to use as the longer shaft comes in handy for keeping the wraps in place. Otherwise, just use your finger to push them all down!
I want to start first with a Bullion Stitch lest you are unfamiliar with these long wound stitches as a Cast On Stitch is exactly like a Bullion with the exception that you just ‘cast on’ the wraps, thus producing the pretty frilled edge of the stitch. The casting on motion is just like that of casting stitches onto a knitting needle. Although I have rummaged around in my extensive collection of stitches I have photographed, I find that I have no record of Cast On or Bullion Stitch in my archive for the simple reason that I think these pictures do the job very well.
Your stitch itself is as long as the line you intend to cover and this in turn determines the number of wraps you wind around the needle……The stitch itself is unbelievably easy!….Pretend there is a line between the points A and B in the first picture….
Bring the thread out at the front of the line at A, pass in backward towards you to B (The other end of your line)and then pass the needle under the fabric and out again at A (A back to B to A again!)…..Push the tip of the needle though and wrap the thread under and over the needle…..Repeat until you have enough wraps around the needle to cover the line! Now you can tilt the needle back at this point and check!….Now for the magic bit!…..pull the thread through the wraps, holding them with your finger……now DON’T PANIC!….Those wraps are going nowhere! Just keep pulling until the thread is pulled right the way through and the stitch is formed! All that remains is to put the needle through the fabric for the stitch to be neatened and completed! You can be quite robust with making sure all your wraps lie neatly together ; just give them a good wiggle with your fingernail or the tip of a blunt tapestry needle!
Now here is Cast On Stitch!……..The principle is exactly the same (although there is no ‘B’ in the diagram I’m sure you see what I mean!) Go up from A, back to B and into A again, but this time instead of wrapping the needle, you are casting on stitches! Pull your thread through, wrap it with a twist of your finger over the needle (See 2 & 3) and cast on as many stitches as you wish your petal to be! The idea is, that the twist in each wrap makes the most divine lacy edge! Just like the Bullion Knot, those wraps are not going anywhere and you can fiddle with them quite happily once the thread is pulled through them!
It may take a couple of goes but keep going! Like all embroidery stitches, the fewer strands or thinner the thread, the smaller the stitch is and the more strands or thicker the thread, the chunkier your stitch will be! You can finish your stitches wide apart like in the flower above, or make long stitches and wind them in a circle like in the diagram!
It does take a bit of thinking out which end of a line to start I have to confess and even now, I still have to stop and think but one thing is for certain, that once you have mastered cast On Stitch (Or Bullion Stitch for that matter!!) you will feel you have achieved a big step in your embroidery repertoire……frankly for me it is just any excuse to use stitches that were made for use with scrummy variegated threads!!!!