Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Basting and Fly Stitch

I got the basting on my gingerbread house complete.  As I was basting, I was thinking about the fact that I automatically started to the left of the vertical.  If you have no clue what I am talking about, it is illustrated here. 

Basting is done

You can see the fly stitch/ herringbone on the left sort of.  It is at the bend in the roof piece of the house, so it will be highest point of the roof.

Herringbone with fly stitch

I know it is hard to see. I may try again with the camera. What you are looking at is a herringbone base done in perle cotton #8 which is 2 threads "wide" and 8 threads "high". You can see that on the right side of the picture. Then a fly stitch is done over the top of the herringbone with Krenik braid #16 in 032. The fly stitch is supposed to glint like snow on the roof. The #16 is really too heavy for this fabric, but I wanted the snow to show up.

Herringbone with fly stitch

In this picture I played with the contrast and color to try to make the fly stitch show up. White on white is pretty in person but just does not work well for the camera.


  1. Thank you for showing and explaining your work. Which threads look like what, is one of the things I want to learn so I appreciate that info. I stitched white on light blue. That photo was tricky, too. Happy Stitching!
    Gail of (Sam & Gail)

  2. Nice! eager to see the whole thing.

  3. this is so neat, look forward to seeing the project complete