A great feature with the BERNINA Embroidery Software V8 is Candlewicking: exploring this option is great, because there are many variations to work with.
Candlewicking is a form of white-on-white embroidery, traditionally working with unbleached cotton threads on unbleached muslin. The name is derived from the wick of a candle. Such an elaborate project was made with many variations: traditional stitches and raised stitches combined. Mostly subjects from nature, such as flowers, insects, trees etc. were made. Bedspreads and smaller objects took a lot of time before it was finished, but what wonderful objects they were.
The bed spread above is entirely made via Candlewicking: how many hours it took is not known, but I can imagine it took quite some time. The cut-out corners are for using this bead spread with a four-posted bed.
There are 4 different patterns: Colonial 4.5mm, Colonial 4mm, Half Knot 3.5mm and Knot 3mm. Click and select, changing the appearance of the stitches. Remember this will take some time, the more intricate the stitch the more time it will take your embroidery machine to make the stitches. Change size and spacing for more effect.
I’ve drawn a line (left toolbar ‘Toolboxes’, ‘Open Freehand’ – using 10mm sized Colonial 4.5mm shapes. Enlarged the image for you so you are able to see how the stitches are made. They are actually stars, where the arrows are pointing to start and finish from one side to the other.
The frame/border I’ve designed it not that large – just 10x10cm, and the stitch count is not too bad also: 1.514. But remember that your machine has to finish each stitch before moving on to the next. It is wonderful to use variegated or multi-coloured machine embroidery threads!
If you want to make a special shape, and fill it with a Candlewicking stitch, use the ‘fill’: the entire object is covered. Notice that at corners and points stitches are adjusted. The crown us just 10 x 5cm in size, but contains 7.486 stitches!
using ‘Stitch Player’ shows you that this crown is build up in rows, from left to right, next row from right to left. So no random pattern, but a special sequence. Sometimes the machine will jump from one side to the next, but rows are connected.
I have stretched the crown: made it much higher, and changed the flat surface into 3D Globe effect: how much fun is this? I’ve used the Reshape tool, the size of the crown is now 10 x 14 cm, with 19.172 stitches!
You can imagine that – the denser the pattern, the more time it will take for your machine to finish such a design. Don’t make it too large, just for a small project for a special occasion. Have fun!
Next time another topic: see you then!
Source: Pictures and information about the Candlewicking objects: Wikipedia Commons.