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Ruth Sparrow's over one instructions

Horizontal over one

Inspired by her mother's exquisite embroidery, Ruth began stitching her designs over one linen thread several years ago. Most of her designs may be
over1horizontal1 stitched over two linen threads, but Ruth prefers the delicate appearance of the smaller stitches. Her technique of stitching over one has been taught throughout the country at shops, retreats, sampler guilds, and trade shows. If you are right-handed, the natural way to do a stitching method is
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from right to left. The first trip /////// across is from bottom to top (known as a continental or tent stitch). This creates an elongated diagonal stitch on the back of your linen and it is this stitch that locks each stitch in place. The return trip \\\\\\\ is from top to bottom. To keep your hand and wrist in a natural stitching position, turn your linen one turn counter-clockwise.

When using hand-dyed fibers, Ruth still uses this method. Ruth doesn't like how the stitches seperate when completing each stitch as you go. The effect of the hand-dyed fibers is a bit more subtle with less stripation...and I like it!

It is so very important that we all stitch over one...because we are running out of wall space!



Vertical over one

Stitching over 1 vertically is done in a similar manner to stitching horizontally. Over One Vertical 1You still get an elongated diagonal stitch on the back of the fabric that will lock each stitch in place. Starting at the top, stitch from the lower right to the upper left ///////. To complete the column of stitches, turn your fabric upside down, to keep your hand in a natural position and cross your stitches \\\\\\\.Over 1 Vertical 2

For future reference.

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