Doodle Cloth Tuesday – Van Dyke Stitch

This stitch can be varied in width and is great for borders or leaves. It has a centrally raised plait and for what I thought would be a tricky stitch was surprisingly simple!

If this is your first time with this stitch then start with a simple rectangle shape and draw a line down the middle.

Bring your thread out to the left of the central line on the top edge of the shape (1)

Go back in just above and to the right of the central line (2), pull the thread through.

Now bring the thread out just above and to the left of the central line (3)

Go back in on the top edge of the shape to the right (4). Pull the thread through.

For the next stitch, bring the thread out below the first stitch on the left edge – keep a space between the stitches as it gives a nicer overall effect.

Slip the thread through the loops of the stitches just made in the direction of the arrow.

then take the needle back down at 7.

Continue doing the stitches in the same way, taking the thread through the loops of the stitches just above the one you are stitching. You will start to form a plait down the centre.

Be careful as you go to keep the plait in the centre by not putting too much tension on the thread as you pull it across. You can see from the attempt above I didn’t pull it enough across in the centre and didn’t space evenly enough in some areas. Practice makes perfect!

To finish you bring the thread up to the left of the centre line and back down to the right of the centre line, then pull through and finish on the back to secure.

This was a fun stitch to do and once you get the hang of it you are able to make a much nicer plait in the centre (and keep it in the centre!)

I decided to try it in a leaf shape with a slightly thicker thread and the result was really nice and I was so pleased with the plait after my first attempt!

The Doodle Cloth so far has been a success and I have learnt 2 stitches which I probably wouldn’t have tried but will definately use in future work!

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