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How To Make Straight Gobelin Stitch and Byzantine Boxes?

Straight Gobelin Stitch

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Straight Gobelin Stitch

The Straight Gobelin stitch is a type of stitch that is useful for filling large areas, borders, and different patterns. This stitch takes its name from the woven tapestries that it resembles and is one of the few surviving stitches from the Middle Ages. The stitch is known for its quickness and ability to cover several threads at once without distorting the canvas too much. The stitch is worked to the same vertical length in horizontal rows and can be worked over any number of threads, but two, four, and six are the most common. Encroaching straight Gobelin stitch is worked similarly but produces a different pattern because its rows overlap.

Straight Gobelin Stitch

To work the Straight Gobelin stitch, you start at the upper right and bring the needle out and insert it, bring it out, and continue in this way until the end of the row. When you reach the end of the row, you reverse direction and work back along the row from left to right, sharing holes in the previous row. It’s recommended to practice the stitch over just two threads before moving on to other projects.

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Byzantine Stitch Boxes

The Byzantine Stitch Boxes may sound complicated, but it is actually a quick and easy stitch that makes an attractive background-filling stitch. It is a combination of continental tent stitch and a bold diagonal stitch known as “Byzantine stitch”. Its name comes from the uniformly stepped zigzag pattern that was used in the art and textiles of the Byzantine Empire. Byzantine artists excelled at mosaic works, and a mosaic effect is apparent in this stitch, with its contrast between the long, slanting Byzantine stitches and the short tent stitches.

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To work the Byzantine Stitch Boxes, you first make two diagonal stepped lines of continental tent stitch, working five stitches for each step. Next, work Byzantine stitch over three intersections within the tent stitch lines. Alternate five horizontal and five vertical stitches to form steps. Bring the needle out, insert it, bring it out, and so on. Finally, fill in the small boxes with diagonal stitches sloping in the opposite direction to Byzantine stitches and covering one, then two, then three, then two, and finally one canvas intersection.

In conclusion, both the Straight Gobelin stitch and the Byzantine Stitch Boxes are types of stitches that can add variety to your needlework projects. The Straight Gobelin stitch is useful for filling large areas, borders, and different patterns, while the Byzantine Stitch Boxes make an attractive background-filling stitch. Practice is key to mastering these stitches, and with patience and dedication, you can achieve beautiful results.

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