Decorative Flossing Stitches
These stitches are completely decorative, and in no way secure the boning. However, if the boning can shift side to side in the channel the decorative stitching can be used to pad out the boning channel and help eliminate wiggle-room.
This pattern requires two threads. One is labeled by letter, and the other is labeled by number.
Take the letter thread and create a loose loop in the center of the boning channels.
Take your number thread, emerge at Stitch 1, loop through the letter thread, and descend at Stitch 2. Adjust the tension so it will be taught when the A-B loop is tightened, but DO NOT tighten the A-B loop.
Repeat with Stitch 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
If you wish to vary the pattern by adding stitches, repeat with those as well, but always work sequentially around the star pattern or it will be even more difficult to adjust the tension.
After half the star has been stitched, tighten Loop A-B and adjust the tension on the number thread.
Repeat, mirroring for the other half of the star.
Some simple variations:
- Greater or shorter distance from the star center to the outer rays.
- Greater or shorter distances between the individual stitches or pairs of stitches.
- More or less stitches.
- More threads of differing colors.
- Offset stars that overlap.
- Quarter or half stars, instead of full stars.
Wheat Chaff Design
This design is created decoratively over the boning, and can be made as an extension of any flossing that secures the boning. The stitches are made with the boning in the channel, with the needle making two stitches at onces exactly as shown in the diagram. Due to the stiffness of boning, it can be difficult to precisely place the stitches, but with practice it can be done. If you learn to use them properly, curved millinery needles can make this process easier, but millinery needles are inherently more difficult to use than normal embroidery needles and will require practice on their own.
Start at the tip of the bone, or underneath the securing flossing stitches where the initial emerging stitch will be hidden from view.
Stitch under where you want the wheat pattern to start, and emerge at the height of the pattern segment.
Return to the same location and stitch under again, emerging to the side of the boning channel.
Return to the same location and stitch under again, emerging to the other side of the boning channel.
Return to the same location again, emerging two segments way along the center of the boning channel.
Repeat the entire pattern as many times as desired.
Some simple variations:
- Dual or triple stitches at any or all locations, instead of single stitches.
- Greater or shorter lengths on the segments.
- Greater or shorter lengths on the arms.
- Steeper or shorter angles on the arms.
- Different characteristics for different segments.
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