Eyelash stitches are Blanket stitches spaced further apart – the loops lie a little bit closer than the “legs.”
In the past, it was quite common for Schwalm whitework embroiderers to outline shapes with Eyelash stitches or to work Eyelash stitches as a decorative element. Also many examples of early Schwalm whitework document the use of these stitches. As time passed, Eyelash stitches were worked less often. In embroideries of the last decades they are scarcely seen – that´s a pity because Eyelash stitches are decorative and effective.
I have shown on my blog the use of Eyelash stitches on embroideries. The border from 1804 has some shapes that were outlined with Eyelash stitches.
And one shape of the traditional Schwalm bodice A is partly outlined with Eyelash stitches.
Short Eyelash stitches also outline the Satin stitch petals of a gorgeous contemporary table runner, which was embroidered using traditional patterns in the style of the early Schwalm whitework.
Some longer Eyelash stitches decorate a line of design No. 1 of my 2017 Advent calendar
They can be seen on other parts of the Advent Calendar. as well – here Eyelash stitches outline Blanket stitch eyelets.
I found a very singular variation of Eyelash stitches on a very old embroidery. On this piece all shapes were outlined with long, closely worked and slanting Eyelash stitches.