Apr 15, 2016

Barbara's over one

When I posted about how I detest stitching over one and the problems I had with the thread disappearing, Barbara (in England) was nice enough to offer her help.  I've visited all the instructional links about thread directions and methods to prevent that but, to my dismay, the first half of the stitch continued to disappear or stitches would be very uneven.  This is Barbara's method.
She uses a loose, lightweight piece of "muslin" tacked to the back of the over one section, or held in place if using a hoop.  From what I've researched online, what is called muslin overseas, is equivalent to muslin gauze in the US.  I am familiar with the tightly woven lightweight fabric.  From what she pictured and explained, her muslin is loosely woven like a bandage, more like a gauze.  I have a very old roll of fine cotton gauze banding which I could use and I also may try a piece of tulle after rinsing to remove the stiffness.
Stitching through a backing would help to keep the floss from slipping behind the linen threads.  Would it prevent it completely and allow the stitcher to use their regular method instead of a cross pattern specifically for over one?  In this example, Barbara had a small section of over one so she just pinned a piece of gauze over that area, which she said could also be tacked into place.  With a hoop/frame, you could use a large piece of gauze secured with the linen and then cut away the excess after stitching that area.
Here's the front showing the completed over one section (a Jeannette Douglas design). 

 Barbara said she uses the backing for smalls and ornaments because she feels the stitches lie better.  I would think this would help a great deal with tension issues and give a little body and stability to smalls and lightweight linens.
I wondered if products like the stabilizers used in embroidery would work, but anything that is fused may be difficult to get a needle through because of the glue involved. 
Barbara said she can't claim credit for this method because it is commonly used and frequently taught in England.  I'm so glad she offered her help because I've never heard of this tip and it may be the answer to my trouble. 
This framed beauty is one of Barbara's large samplers, another superb class project from Ellen Chester.
So there you have it!  Have any of you used this trick?  Did it make a difference in how easily you could stitch the over one areas?  I have many rejected charts because of over one, maybe that will change now.
Thank you very much Barbara!!  I love getting advice and tips from advanced stitchers like you and appreciate you sharing your expertise.

Have a great weekend! 
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