…and finally a view at the stitches used for …my new blackberry cover and again some needle lace / Nadelspitze .
Let’s start with the “Stäbchen” – I think the best translation for this word is: small bar / stick.
If you ever tried the buttonhole stitch, you will find this technique quite easy – just imagine that you substitute the fabric for the buttonhole stitch with some threads which you lay between two points – you can decide how long the threads are and furthermore how long the “Stäbchen” will be. You can even work a “Stäbchen” on top of a “Stäbchen”, which is called a “Bogenpikot”,… there are many possibilities to use this stitch
I took photos of 3 possibilities how you can work a “Stäbchen” – see the pictures above – they are from one of my favourite books about handcraft: “Encyklopaedie der Weiblichen Handarbeiten von Thérèse de Dillmont”
- “Glattes geschlungenes Stäbchen”
- “Geschlungenes Stäbchen mit Bogenpikot”
- “Verzweigte Stäbchen”
I hope you can see on the pictures what I mean – just an easy “buttonhole stitch” worked above 3 threads (sometimes also just 2 -> “Bogenpikot”) or 4 threads – depending where you want to “end” or continue working the stitch because of your pattern…
…and here some examples of my “Stäbchen”:
…and it can look quite fancy if youw use a “differing” colour: