Filling Stitches

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Filling Stitches

New England Laid Stitch

English

New England laid stitch, Deerfield stitch, self couching

This stitch seems to be known in the English speaking world only, perhaps because it is said to be invented by early American settlers who were forced to economise on thread. It is a very nice and easy to execute filling stitch which reminds to a certain extend both Herringbone Stitch, Couching and Satin Stitch.  

Begin by working a long horizontal stitch, sloped slightly downwards. Then come up right next to the end of the first stitch, but a bit inwards the line, from where you couch the first stitch down with a somewhat shorter diagonal stitch. And that's all. From here, you have just to repeat the first stitch sequence.

To obtain a nice dense filling, keep the stitches close together. 

New England Laid Stitch

New England Laid Stitch

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