Dove eyes

Dove eyes(four- and tri- sided): Dove eye pattern is a fill-in stitch for openwork within kloster blocks and weaved bar areas. Each four-leg or tri-leg dove eye stitch is worked in one length of stitching thread.

Notice the general pattern of a dove eye: For leg 1 you come up within the fabric area at A and down within the fabric area at B. Then for leg 2 you come up from underneath within the cutwork area (indicated by C), cross over the first leg then down within the fabric area at D.

For leg 3 you go come up from underneath within the cutwork area (indicated by E), cross over the second leg (C-D) then down within the fabric area of F. And so on for leg 4.

No fabric thread or stitching thread is pierce.

View my blog page Hardanger basics for my discussion of Hardanger satin stitches, kloster blocks, cutwork and bar weaving.

For working a dove eye within a four-sided kloster block:

Complete the kloster block area followed by cutwork. Then, using the size 8 thread, within the kloster block area where you want to work a dove eye, come up in the mid area of a kloster block side (two fabric threads in).

Dove eye, step 1

Dove eye, legs 1 (A-B) and 2(C-D).

Dove eye, step 2

Dove eye, legs 3 (E-F) and 4(G-H)

 

 

Dove eye four-sided weaved bar

Dove eye four-sided within weaved bars

The difference for working a four-sided dove eye within weaved bars (instead of kloster block sides) is that your needle is:

– you work the dove eye as you complete the mid area of the fourth weaved bar.
– as you work legs 2, 3 and 4 you are going down in between a weaved bar’s center stitches instead of going down into the middle area of a kloster block side.
– you finish the rest of the fourth weaved bar after you have completed all four legs of the dove eye.

Start dove eye within weaved bars

Start dove eye within weaved bars

 

 

Tri-dove eye: The tri-dove eye has three legs and can be worked where an openwork square is formed by kloster block sides or weaved bars.

Dove eye, step 1.

Dove eye, step 1. Click to enlarge photo.

Tri-dove eye, step 1

Tri-dove eye, step 1. Click to enlarge photo.

Tri-dove eye, step 2

Tri-dove eye, step 2. Click to enlarge photo.