Overlap Stitch

The Overlap Stitch is an adaptation of the Long and Short Stitch to a curved line or surface. It is used when scrolls or tendrils are to be done in solid raised work instead of an outline (See article entitles “How to Embroider Flower Stems.”)

To make this stitch, bring the needle through at the extreme end of the curved line and insert it again on the line a half-inch in advance, thus making a long stitch. Bring the needle to the right side again on the line and slightly in advance of where it was first brought through, and send it down on the line a trifle above the finish of the first stitch, but crossing it; for the third stitch bring the needle up again on the line in advance of the second stitch, and send it down in advance of the second stitch and crossing it (See illustration below).

Overlap Stitch Illustration
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Continue in this way until the curve is covered; if there is a straight portion beyond the curve, it should be covered in Satin Stitch. The Over lap Stitch should be worked in a frame or in hoops. The directions given are for working on a curve from left to right. If the curve is reversed, each stitch is brought up on the left side of the preceding stitch and sent down on the right side. This is not a matter of choice in working, but is necessary in order that the overlap shall bring the stitches into uniformity with the curve. A moment’s experimenting will make this plain.

Solid Overlap Stitch

solid overlap stitch
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In Solid Overlap a circular or oval form is covered with successive rows of the Overlap Stitch described above. This stitch, if carried on in regular length and slant will form a complete circle, and come back to its starting point (See illustration above), and thus successive rows of the ordinary Overlap may be used to cover a solid circular or oval form. The outer circle is worked first, and this will have the longest stitches. As the circles grow smaller, the stitches must be made shorter in order to conform to them.

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