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What do you call this type of embroidery?

Asked by Nimis (13100 points ) September 13th, 2011

I’m hoping to do this type of embroidery on an already existing knit. I would Google it, but I’m not sure what it’s called. Kind of makes it difficult to do a search.

I’m looking for the type of embroidery that follows the existing “V” stitches of a sweater. I know it seems rather self-explanatory. I was just hoping to find some tips on how to keep it clean on the back-side and how to finish it off.

Example: (for the letter A)
VVVVV V VVVVVV
VVVV V V VVVVV
VVV V V V VVVVV
VV VVVVVV VVV
V V VVVVV V VVV
V VVVVVVVV V VV

Thanks!

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Blueroses's avatar

Bargello? It is making straight stitches into patterns. Example

Over an already knitted or needleworked piece, it can look like this – keep long yarn and the back looks exactly the same as the front

Nimis's avatar

@Blueroses Exactly what I was looking for—thanks!
Curious…were you already familiar with this or did you just look it up?
(Always looking to pick up some online searching tips as well.)

Blueroses's avatar

@Nimis I learned this technique in a textile/art class in high school. I loved the look and I have used it so often! I’m very into old fashioned crafts and bargello originated as the backside of cross-stitch embroidery. When somebody looked at the back and realized that was a great pattern on it’s own!

Edit: it’s very much the same technique when you do pattern beading (like peyote stitch) or weaving

Nimis's avatar

@Blueroses You had a textile class in high school? That’s rad. I wish we had that!
Very cool that it originated as the backside of the cross-stitch.
I’ve always thought the backside of textiles had its own charm.

hannahsugs's avatar

It’s also called duplicate stitch and is sometimes used by knitters for extra embellishment :)

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