Running Stitch

I wouldn’t say this is my favorite stitch, but it sure is the one I use the most in my fiber art.  It is surprisingly adaptable to many different applications.  That said, I didn’t do a new sampler for this stitch of the week.  Instead I have dolls I made a couple of years ago.  They were inspired by the beautiful faces of Byzantine mosaics.  I have always loved mosaics, but I’m not interested in branching into a totally different media; I am too obsessed with fabric.  That meant I would have to imitate mosaics using materials I already had on hand.  Making pictures with fused squares of colored fabrics was fast and fun.  That had me wondering if I could I use stitches to replicate the tiles.

Our Lady of the Burning Ember is 12″ from the top of her foiled headdress to the bottom of her tassel.

My first effort at embroidered mosaics was a learning experience.  I decided to try again with satin stitch on the eyes and double running stitch on the mouth.  This is my favorite of these faces.

The Labyrinth is 7″ tall.  Both she and Our Lady are what I call my “sweet potato” dolls.  On a whim one day, I traced the shape of some sweet potatoes in my pantry and adapted those tracings into doll patterns.  I do get my inspirations in some unusual places.

One more try with outline stitch on the mouth and eyebrows in addition to the satin stitch eyes.

The Empress is 12″ tall.  Her headdress is a cutting of some vintage trim given to me by a friend who was cleaning out her sewing room.  I didn’t do the beading on her body.  They are part of the silk velvet scarf scrap that is stitched to her body.  Just one of the many scraps and bits that I find at the Quilt Festival in Houston each Fall.

To see more samples of running stitch from Sharon B’s weekly challenge, visit pintange.

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10 Responses to Running Stitch

  1. I was going to be all intelligent and say they looked byzantine, but then I read the text – doh!

    i like how the running stitch look mosaicy

  2. Queeniepatch says:

    You have indeed succeeded in making the running stitch look like mosaic. The dolls are so very beautiful and unique.

  3. shirley says:

    The faces on these dolls are a wonderful use of the stitch.


  5. libbyQ says:

    love this post~!!~
    your use of the running stitch on these dolls is so creative and very effective.
    i’ve linked over to you from my own TAST blog post in hopes others will get a chance to see this fabulous work.


  6. Isabelle says:

    your work is wonderful. these faces are so expressive !

  7. Rachel says:

    Very original representation of mosaic in stitch – a great idea!

  8. Raphaela says:

    Interesting interpretation and very well done.

  9. Rose says:

    I really like how the faces turned out and to think with just the running stitch!

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