Eyelets and Cross Stitches

When working an eyelet or cross stitch No fabric threads are snipped. No fabric thread or stitching thread is pierce.

Eyelets: Hardanger eyelet stitches are like a surface embroidery eyelet stitch in that they are a pulled stitch used to create an open area within the fabric. A Hardanger eyelet is often added within the border area to strengthen the edge of your worked design.

I prefer to complete eyelet work before any nearby cutwork as I feel when you lightly pull your stitching thread to open up the eyelet’s center that it stresses the fabric around it.

Start by securing the thread end within the backside of a nearby kloster block.

Two examples of using eyelets within a Hardanger design are shown below. Click photo for a larger view.

Swirling Pin Wheels Design

Swirling Pin Wheels Design

Rosey Day, Hardanger design

Rosey Day, Hardanger design. Click to view larger image.

Eyelet:

Eyelets

Eyelets

I do the first two eyelet stitches with light tension but no pull. On the third stitch I start to apply a light pull as I come up for the fourth stitch. By midway stitches you should see that the center is opening up.

Cross Stitch:

cross stitches

cross stitches


End of a cross stitch can be within an unshared fabric holes (left chart) or sharing a fabric hole with a kloster stitch (right chart).

Keep all of the cross stitches within a design slanted the same way, in that if the bottom leg of the cross stitch is slanted / then all of them are. This way the top leg of the cross stitch will be slanted \. As you work around a corner you need to ensure that your bottom leg of the cross stitch carries on the correct slant.