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tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 27th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, I don't use satin stitch because it's not period for what I'm doing. The main stitches that were used for embroidery in the Dark Ages (which is what I'm researching and working on) were split stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, running sttch, couching, and buttonhole stitch.

There is a variant of satin stitch used on the Bayeux Tapestry called "laid and couched stitch," where long, long floats of satin stitch are used to fill a space, then another stitch runs perpendicular across the long floats and is couched down. It lets you fill large areas quickly and efficiently without the long floats getting snagged on stuff. I may use it to fill in the flowers on darkwolfie's cloak repair; I need to do some research on filling stitches used on the Mammen embroideries.

So far I haven't had any tension issues, but I am only using stem stitch to outline. It's just so very, very much faster, I can't even get over it.
mushmouse74 From: mushmouse74 Date: August 28th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC) (base camp)
I am thinking to try it on the italian that I am working on...Its just back stitching with gold thread, but its taking a century...a century I don't have anymore!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 28th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, totally. I covered all the machine top-stitching on Wolfie's linen tunics with stem stitch, and didn't use a hoop. You wouldn't use a hoop if you were sewing seams by hand, and back stitch is also a construction stitch, ergo... I think you should try it. If you don't like th look, that's what seam rippers are for.
7 trips or shoot the rapids