After taking a break for the past few weeks, I’m back again participating in Take a Stitch Tuesday sponsored by Pintangle. I’ve missed: french knot, wheat ear stitch, crossed buttonhole, and half chevron. This week’s stitch is bullion knot. Since I’ve used french knot and wheat ear stitch quite a bit in my work, I decided to play with the other three stitches. Crossed buttonhole and half chevron are completely new to me and although I have stitched bullion knots before, it was very long ago and not too often. Bullion knots are so textural, that I wonder why I haven’t used the stitch. It may be because they are so tricky to get smooth and even. Thinking about the texture they create, I decided they would do nicely for mushroom gills.
I decided on dimensional applique for the cap because of the weightiness of the gills. A snippet of sari silk ribbon in an appropriate color was just what the mushroom needed. The inside edge is gathered and left crinkly for more texture. The sides of the stem are stitched in half chevron and the grass at the bottom is the crossed buttonhole. Both stitches are more versatile than I had thought. I can see how they can be very useful stitches. They are great stitches to add to my repertoire.