Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Miniature Embroidered "Chicken Scratch" Tablecloth

Well, I have been quiet for awhile since I was in beautiful British Columbia visiting my brother for a week or so.  But, my fingers have not been idle!

I have had a ball making and embroidering this miniature tablecloth!  The fabric is mauve cotton miniature gingham and the embroidery is done in one strand of DMC cotton floss. This form of counted embroidery is called Chicken Scratch Embroidery. Chicken Scratch is also known as snowflaking, gingham embroidery and Amish embroidery. It is usually worked on a gingham check in order to have a lacy appearance.
Chicken Scratch embroidery was hugely popular during the depression era and remains popular to present day. I have been collecting pieces of full size chicken scratch embroidery for years now - it never fails to enchant me!  I love the way the stitches appears to change the colour of the gingham.

So, I've just listed it in the new Etsy shop - on to the next project!


Cathy K said...

OMG that is so cute.... and teensy! How can you even SEE it? I’d need the Hubble Telescope to stitch something that small! Anyway, it sure is darling! Hugs, Cathy

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome. I have a friend who loves working with miniature homes. This is perfect for that:)

Wow you have great eye and hand coordination, it turned out great!! So cute!

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