|Long short stitch::Split back stitch|
Visually the stitches might look the same but technically there are some differences that I have observed. The split back stitch for one is "easier" to do in the respect that the orientation of the stitches are consistent. The long and short stitch has to be formed in such a manner that oddly shaped corners can easily throw off the pattern. The long and short stitch is really done best on measure canvas, like needle point and crewel. One other observation that I made and want to stress, is Jude's suggestion to "thumb" press the stitch when you make it and before you "split" it. I initially did not do that and then I took a closer look at Jude's example, watched the video from her sidebar stitch reference and noticed that she explains the pressing. Once I started doing that it made a big difference. Since you will be most likely using more that one strand of floss when doing this type of fill work, the strands can twist very easily - the stitch will not lay flat on the surface of the cloth and you end up with a "skinnier" look spot...and there is some loss of the tapestry effect that you would get otherwise. There really is a lovely texture that is created with this method...but as Jude points out, it is a time consuming stitch and you will use a lot of thread so if you want to maintain the color of the area that you are working in, have a good supply of the color. It is a silent, slow, calming stitch that takes concentration and therefore, for me, relaxing. I can drown out most of the noise around me as I'm holding the cloth and focusing on that little patch between hands, cloth, thread and myself.
I'm showing a few example of the stitches just to illustrate the technique:
I am also include the stem stitch here because that is what I used to outline the figures. It is another stitch that my mother used a lot and taught me. She was an absolutely magician with the Long and Short stitch. Today sadly her hands and mind don't have the patience for such detailed work...but the clothes hold their memories well.
I am going to have a detailed update on my cloth and memory, which I was to include here but decided to keep it separate. But in the interim here is a shot of a corner I just finished, hoping to catch your fancy.
|Can a shadow cast her own shadow back?|
The "boxed" shadow is done in split back stitch,
whereas the retreating shadow is done in
Long and Short stitch.