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Plaited Braid stitch

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A very nice stitch, still WHAT A CHARACTER! Let us try to cope with it, anyway.

There are two ways of doing the pleated braid stitch. I prefer using the one described below.

 


 

ASSOCIATIVE MEMORIZING

Just try to remember the following pattern: letter X plus a smiley.

You will see that repeatedly while working on the stitch.

But pay attention to the fact that the left "stalk" of letter X is longer than the right one!

 

[There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

 

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WORK ORDER

The best thing is to use a heavy (thick) thread to have a try on the plaited braid stitch for the first time (the images at the bottom of this page show the stitch worked with tapestry wool).

 

Draw two vertical guide lines for your stitch that are parallel. The heavier the thread, the further they are to be placed apart from each other. For a sample let it be 1cm space between them. Still you will soon find it out yourself how to vary that space depending on the thickness of the thread you are using. [The guidelines are given in gray in the diagram]. And the last tip: using tapestry needle (the blunt one) is usually helpful.

 

Now mark the centre [the blue dotted line in the diagram].

 

All the diagrams below use pink for the very last movement of the needle, while green lines show the previous stitches.

[There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

 

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Step 1. Bring your needle up at 1. Go down to the back at 2 (mind that it is a little bit to the left from the centre). Up again at 3.

 

Step 2. Bring your needle down throught the fabric at 4, leaving a loop (and it really looks like a Smiley!).

 

Step 3. Come up again at 5, just a little to the right from the centre. Go down at 6, thus extending the "stalk" of "letter X".

 

Good!

The first element of the pleated braid stitch is finished!

 

(The diagram below shows it in the rainbow colours to mark the sequence of work).

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 [There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

 


 

Step 4. Come up directly across, at 7 and pass through the hole under the two threads as shown in the diagram. Do not stitch through the fabric! A tip: pull through, leaving a loop in your working thread - we will see how to use it in the next step.

 

Step 5. Do not go down still, but create "a smiley" out of your thread. Now go under the threads marked in green AND under the thread marked in olive (see the diagram). To make the latter easier, you have just left your thread untighten while working Step 4, you remember. It was done to remain the hole in the centre accessible. Having slipped under the two "stalks" and then through the hole, tighten the thread.

And now go to the back of the fabric at 8. 

 

Step 6. Bring your needle up at 9 and repeat Step 4. Just mind that now every time you go under the threads, it should be going under the two "stalks" (the green and the olive ones in the diagram).

 

Further on everything will be just a repeat. Follow the images below.

[There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

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Step-by-step images

with just a couple of comments for clarity.

 

 

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Finishing the first figure of the stitch: letter X and a "Smiley" have been formed. [There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

 


 

 

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The two white arrows: the needle should slip under TWO "stalks" sitting on the right vertical guideline. [There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

 


 

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The incircled area is shown enlarged in the next image (and it is the side view). The white arrow shows the movement of the needle. [There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

 


 

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The green and the lilac strokes: the distance between all the "stalks" shold be equal! Go down e.g. 5mm each time.

The very last image shows how to finish the pleated braid stitch: just go to the back of the fabric in the centre of the stich between the guide lines, level with the bottom "stalks". [There is a misprint: the correct stitch name is Plaited Braid stitch.]

 


 

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Happy stitching!