Pin stitches can be in a line, like back stitch, where that’s appropriate. The line can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal.
So where would you want to use a pin stitch like this? There are lots of places – think open areas like trellis stitch, or couched lines.
This woven broad cross is an example of a stitch where a diagonal pin stitch would be appropriate. It’s a somewhat open stitch, depending on the thread used, and a regular pin stitch might show through. So a diagonal pin stitch, placed under one of the longest diagonal lines, would work.
When placing a pin stitch in a line, make sure it isn’t at the beginning of the stitch, or the ending of the stitch. Rather, place it under the body of the stitch. It’s easier to hide there.
The beginning of a reverse herringbone square is where a vertical or horizontal pin stitch would be appropriate. These long stitches will only enter the canvas at the outside edges, and a pin stitch in a line would work nicely.
This is another time when a diagonal line pin stitch would work best. The open nature of a trellis stitch doesn’t give much cover for a different form of pin stitch, so a diagonal line pin stitch is perfect.
I always do my pin stitches from the front of the canvas, so I can control the stitches better and I don’t have to flip my canvas over. I encourage my students to use pin stitches as much as possible. Pin stitches are a neater anchor and will reduce the number of stray threads on the back. You can also stitch faster if you’re not having to flip your canvas over.
Next week we’ll have a little more to say about pin stitches – I bet you didn’t think there would be this much to say at the beginning of this!