Sunday, April 12, 2015

Seeding Backgrounds (with Chicken Tracks)

An embroidery technique for backgrounds is "seeding" which is the scattering of small stitches across the background with each equal in size and spaced at an equal distance from each other.  Tracy Franklin learned this at the Royal School and is using the technique (which she explains well) on an original design.

I've seen a similar technique called chicken tracks in hand embroidery which also scatters small stitches on the background but in chicken tracks the stitches vary in length and overlap each other.  If you use 2-3 overdyed threads in green, for example, and just stitch hither and yon with them, you can create a very nice grassy background.

Interesting embroidery techniques like these are perfect for needlepoint.

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