Kensington Outline Stitch

The Kensington Outline Stitch is a reverse back stitch. The point of care-taking lies in the fact that the outline must be accurately followed. This work on linen lawn should be done in one thread, but on heavier linens the strand should be doubled. The pull should come on the eye of the needle and both threads should be kept even.

Kensington Outline Stitch illustrated.

Bring the thread through on the outline its full length and send the needle into the fabric about one eighth of an inch on the outline in advance of the point where the thread leaves the ground material. With the thread thrown back draw this stitch through. Continue these stitches on the marked lines. The result on the right side will be a continuous and partly double line; on the reverse side it is a series of small separate stitches. The stitches are taken from right to left, but the line advances from left to right. All the stitches should be the same length and tension. The length of the stitches should be determined by the quality of the ground material.

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