The Tete de Boeuf Stitch

Tete de Boeuf Stitch derives its name from its shape - ox head. The two upper stitches having the appearance of horns and the lower ones of an animal's head. It is a useful stitch in Ticking and other ornamental work.

Tete de Boeuf Stitch
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To make: Draw a line that can be rubbed out down the center of the space. Commence by making two slanting stitches apart at the top and meeting in the line at the bottom. Bring the thread out in the line a little above the bottom of the slanting stitches, insert the needle close to it, and bring it out a quarter of an inch below and upon the line, making a Loop or Buttonhole. Draw the thread up, and put the needle through the material to the back on the line and a little below the loop.

The figure above shows the working of Tête de Boeuf. In this illustration the two slanting stitches are already formed, and the loop is in progress. When drawn up, after the loop is made, the needle is inserted into the hole marked 1 for the last stitch, while 2, 3, 4, and 5 mark the places where the needle is inserted and brought out for the two slanting stitches that commence the nest Tête de Boeuf.

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