Pin stitches Part 4 – a straight line

Straight vertical line

Pin stitches can be in a line, like back stitch, where that’s appropriate. The line can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal.

Horizontal line
Diagonal line

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!

5 thoughts on “Pin stitches Part 4 – a straight line”

  1. Is there any instance where a pin stitch would be used under basketweave? I’m working a eyeglasses strap and there are some smallish areas where I’m thinking it might need a pin stitch or somehow securely anchor treads

    1. Margaret, I very seldom do basketweave, but I don’t see why a pin stitch wouldn’t work. Pin stitches can be made diagonally, like basketweave, but by its nature basketweave is usually pretty tight. Depending on the thread, a pin stitch might be bulky under the basketweave. I think I would probably do an away knot, stitch toward the knot, and when the basketweave stitches had covered the tail, clip the knot. That should work even for a very small area. Since I’ve not done much basketweave it might be better to ask someone who is more experienced with that kind of stitch. But thanks for asking – it lets me know that at least one person read it, and reminds me that I need to finish up!

      1. Oh Debbie, I read you religiously. I don’t have as much time to stitch, but I love your stuff. Besides, you are a fellow Okie, aren’t you?

  2. I have just started to explore your Blog and YouTube Channel and already I am hooked! I have been stitching for over 30 years but each time I go to your website or Blog or YouTube Channel, I am learning new tips that make me a better stitcher. You are a true Gem!

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