Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

This luncheon cloth is the last find from my treasure hunt at the thrift store last week. I have to confess I have a special weakness for chicken scratch embroidery, also known as snowflake embroidery. With very simple stitches gingham is transformed in a most charming way.

This piece struck me as special because the gingham check is much smaller than most of the pieces I have. There is a lot of work here - if you click on the picture to enlarge it you will see the number of stitches involved.

I have also included closer pictures of the border design as well as the center motif. The edging is crocheted with a varigated crochet thread.


Patty said...

Wow, someone sure spent some time on this. What a great find for you!

Judy S. said...

Beautiful! That's a technique I'd like to try.....