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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Chicken scratch:

Types of Hand Embroidery on Needle ‘n Thread

Chicken scratch:

Chicken scratch, worked on gingham, is generally considered a more “rustic” embroidery technique. The squares of the gingham provide the grid upon which chicken scratch is worked, with the stitches producing a lacy pattern on the gingham. Chicken scratch is a simple technique; it employs only a few stitches, and therefore, it’s great for children. But don’t be fooled! By combining stitches and thread weights and varying stitch types, intricate patterns can be produced with chicken scratch, and, when stitched on finer the gingham, the finer the results. Normally, cotton threads are used for chicken scratch. The technique is often seen on household kitchen items, such as aprons, towels, and the like, as well as other household goods, like decorative pillows and curtains.

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