Sunday, December 31, 2006

Dotted Swiss Stitch

Needlepoint Stitches, Needlepoint Stitch, Needlework
Dotted Swiss is such a pretty, versatile stitch. I usually do the basketweave stitches first (those shown in gray) and then go back and do the crosses (shown in black lines). The stitch can be worked in one or two colors. If done in two colors, all the foundation stitches can be one color and the crosses in another, or all three stitches used to make the crosses can be the same color.

When my daughter was a little girl, I made her a yellow dress with a dotted Swiss fabric overlay. It was so pretty that I kept it! It reminds me of how sweet she looked in it and how she loved to twirl around to make the skirt flare out.

1 comment:

Possibilities, Etc. said...

I had no idea someone had actually done this and named it. Dotted swiss was the first "fabric" I replicated in needlepoint in about 1972, as I was experimenting with interesting backgrounds for needlepoint quilt designs - love it. I do it the easy way, tho' - and mark little dots every other stitch on the diagonal, and then just start basketweave - and do the crosses as I go. GREAT textures. I am using it a lot now on my crazy quilt needlepoint. My mother dressed me in a lot of dotted swiss - that's where I got the idea. Good memories