Margaret Randolph

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Boscobel Oak/Holbein Stitch/Double Running Stitch

This week I received a copy of Boscobel from Marsha Parker and  I consider it is a wonderful copy of a very beautiful piece of work.  I know I won't be starting it for some time but could not resist opening up the polythene cover and taking a detailed look at it.

One of the stitches it calls for is Holbein Stitch or Double Running Stitch.  It looks very easy but can someone tell me how to anchor securely, the beginning of the thread in the "early" stitches which jump over 3 threads of linen evenweave?  The same goes for securing the end of the thread as well.

The more I see of these charts, the more I would like to go and see the originals.  It appears quite a few are based in Cambridge (UK) at the Fitzwilliam  Museum.  Has anyone been to this Museum?



8 comments:

Elaine said...
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Elaine said...


To start Holbein stitch you can take a couple of locking stitches. it is difficult to explain but I will try.
Assume you are stitching over two.Tie a knot in the thread and from the front go down in the middle hole on the right and up in the centre hole, go down again in the middle hole on the left and come up again in the bottom left hole as if you were to start a cross stitch. take your first couple of proper stitches and snip off the knot, the thread should be anchored. You are basically weaving a figure of eight over one to anchor the thread.

SallyFr said...

Thank you Elaine. Got it because I was able to visualise very clearly what you were describing and it made complete sense.

Thank you also for your other comment re cats, mugs of tea and soggy charts. We love our pets in spite of all!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great explanation from Elaine.

The way I thought was a simple waste knot. Tie a knot in the end of the thread, insert the needle from the front of the fabric about 2 inches from the start of the stitching. Do the Holbein stitching. Snip the knot off, thread the needle with the 2 inches of thread and weave it under the stitches on the reverse of the fabric in the usual finishing method.
It'd be so much easier to show in person than describe with words!

Tommye said...

Like Jo, I always use a waste knot and weave the tail in after I have completed the motif. In fact, I leave waste knots all over the place and go back and weave them in when I feel like it. LOL

Nicola said...

This is a beautiful chart that I intend to stitch soon. Have you seen Barbara's in her first post?

Michele said...

I have been to the Fitzwilliam Museum a couple of times and if you are in the UK it is well worth a visit. They have loads of samplers, but only put a selection on show at any one time, although I believe that if you wish to see a particular one, then you can make an appointment, though I have not tried that. The Boscobel Oak was one on display, and I went specifically to see this sampler. It is my favourite, probably because it is the oldest, yet strangely I have never ordered the pattern and I can't think why. Thanks for reminding me of it and of a lovely visit to Cambridge.

SallyFr said...

Thanks also to the other posters who suggest the waste knot method. I will have to try both suggestions on a spare piece of fabric.

The strange thing is that I used to live near Cambridge and in that time, I never knew this Museum existed.

I can feel a day trip coming on.

Thanks for the tip that an appointment can be made to see a specific original. I would love to see Boscobel Oak, now that I have the chart - intact, without cat damage and tea stains.