What’s chicken scratch embroidery

What on earth is chicken scratch embroidery you might ask? Well, its a form of cross stitch that is done on gingham fabrics usually with white thread. The end result looks a little like lace.

Being mad about gingham fabric I thought I would try this form of embroidery on the weekend. I made a small pin cushion. It was lots of fun and was easy and quick to stitch.

The simple design I created used three stitches – The Double Cross Stitch, Running Stitch and Woven Circle Stitch. There is a fabulous tutorial showing detailed instructions on each stitch together with the photos at “Stitch School”. I realise it’s probably not the most popular form of embroidery right now but what was once old becomes new again?

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In the meantime whatever forms of stitching you enjoy, remember to be happy today.:)

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