This is how I tried to transfer the design of the interlacing stitch border onto the fabric. It works, but I'm not really happy with it. There might be better ways to transfer a design, and maybe I should not work with a soft pencil :-) If you have any feedback/suggestions, I'd love to hear it!
Next, I tried to transfer the design onto the fabric. I outlined the design with a dark marker and put the fabric on top of it. This way, you can see the lines through the fabric. I traced the lines of the design with a soft pencil. Next, time I might use one of those erasable pens, because I made some errors and now I probably have to wash it.
The final step is marking traces were the stitches should be. Mine are about 6x6 mm. Once more, maybe I should use an erasable pen here.
After some false starts, this is my first attempt at a horizontal interlacing stitch. It's about 1 cm. If you want to google it or look it up in a book, there are a lot of different names for this stitch:
English: interlacing stitch, and sometimes also known as German, Maltese or Armenian interlacing stitch
German: orientalischer flechtstich
Dutch: oosterse vlechtsteek
In my seventies stitch dictionary, I saw that you can also use this stitch in more complicated patterns, such as blocks or crosses. In fact, in the tablecloth and wallhanging, the interlacing stitch is used in zig zag patterns and in angles. For a picture of the zig zag border of the tablecloth, click here and scroll down.
I came across a very fascinating website about Armenian embroidery, which uses the interlacing stitch as basic stitch in different patterns. This website explaines how you can draw your own charts for interlacing stitch patterns: Drawing charts for interlacing stitch
So, the next thing I'll do will be drawing a chart for the zig zag pattern, using this website as a tutorial.
This stitch was used to embroider borders in 14th century whitework. Some examples are the borders of the Feldbach tablecloth and the borders of a "Chase of the unicorn" wallhanging. For pictures, see these books:
Pesel, L. , Newberry, N. (1921), A book of old embroidery, with articles by A. F. Kendrick. London: Geoffrey Holme, “The Studio”, plate 58
Schuette, M., Müller-Christensen. S. (1963), Das Stickereiwerk, Tübingen: Wasmuth
Now I can start with the next part of my sampler :-)
They don't offer any information about technical data, styles, period etcetera of the work that is shown, but the pictures are breathtaking! I'd love to be able to do this type of embroidery one day...