Basque Stitch is a stitch that is part of the chain stitch family. It is beautiful and makes wonderful designs if you know how to work it. This stitch might look complicated but it will get pretty easy once you get the hang of it.
Why the name Basque?
It is said to have been originated in the Basque region of Spain. If you are one who fancies embroidery then you can take the old embroidery patterns of Southern France, Spain, and Portugal. You will find lot of designs made with this stitch.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread
How many strands of floss do you need for making the Basque stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the Basque stitch
1. Insert the needle from below the fabric at point A.
2. Pull the thread up and insert at point B and bring it out at point C.
3. Gently pull the thread and push down the needle outside the stitch at point D.
4. Bring it out at point E and start on the next stitch in a similar fashion.
5. You can insert the needle from point D to Point E without pulling the thread down
6. End the stitch at point 1.
Tips for working the Basque stitch
- Do not pull the thread too tightly.
- Just work on the stitch with a free hand.
What is the Basque stitch used for?
- It can be used to make beautiful borders with this stitch.
- Flowers, circles, many kinds of patterns can be formed with this stitch on a dress, motif, quilt, etc.
- Feather Stitch
- Parallel Running Stitch
- Double Feather Stitch
- Long and Short Stitch
- Trellis Stitch
- Blanket stitch
- satin stitch
- back stitch
- stem stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
So until next time,
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