category: Limet-Filling pattern
linen used: 13.5/cm thread-count
threads used: coton à broder No. 20
stitches used: bars of 6 Satin stitches over 1 square in the width and Four-Sided stitches
center = intersection of withdrawn-thread lines (in other shapes or motifs: longitudinal axis = withdrawn-thread line)
one pattern segment = 12 fabric threads
The filling pattern shown here is a practice exercise only.
First, work a Limet grid by alternately withdrawing 1 and leaving 3 threads both horizontally and vertically.
In the established Limet grid, work a grid of Satin stitches. Work, in a stair-step manner, Satin stitch bars over one square (3 threads) in the width and over 2 squares (6 stitches) in the length. In the center remains a square of 2 X 2 squares.
Work the Satin stitch grid over the entire shape.
Then, from the back of the fabric, work Four-Sided stitches in the remaining squares. Each side stitch bundles 6 fabric threads.
Secure the working thread very well and bring it up in the middle of a bottom edge of a 2 X 2 square.
It is important to choose the opposite side for starting the Four-Sided stitch to get the corner holes clean and open and the stitch centered.
*Start on the top of the square, inserting the needle in the top right hole and bringing it up in the top left hole.
Travel to the bottom, insert the needle in the bottom right hole and bring it up in the bottom left hole. With this stitch the thread can be tightened a little bit more to pull together the threads of the center square.
Insert the needle in the top right hole again, but bring it up in the bottom right hole.
Insert the needle in the top left hole and bring it up in the bottom left hole.* In this way and always tightening the working thread, a prominent center is established on the front.
But this stitch will turn out much more prominent, working the Four-Sided stitch twice. This also enables one to better tighten the working thread and so to establish a more even structure of the complete pattern. So repeat the four steps (*) once.
Then bring the working thread straight up to the next square.
From the front it looks like this:
Work one Four-Sided stitch two times in the established way in each section center of the Satin stitch grid.
After shrinking in the laundry the bundled fabric will look even more prominent.