The Anchor Stitch described here is not what is usually thought of when this term is used. Many books use this term to describe the method of holding a thread in place, whether at the beginning of a number of stitches or in keeping the thread in a certain position such as in the Daisy stitch. For this, a very small straight stitch is used. The following “Anchor Stitch” is a very specific stitch that you might find useful in your decorative stitching.
This stitch is similar to Horn stitch, but with a longer middle portion.
To work, make two side stitches joined at the bottom. Next make a Chain stitch covering the joining, fasten this Chain stitch down by means of a long overcast stitch, taking the needle to the back of the work.
Upon completion of a number of these stitches, the result will look like the sample below.
Reference to this stitch was found in a book dated 1912. Although this
is technically not of the “Victorian Era”, many ladies still produced
items that retained Victorian characteristics. This stitch was helpful in doing so.
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