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Thread: Chicken Scratch Embroidery on gingham

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    Super Member Yvonne's Avatar
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    I've been looking for some patterns for chicken scratch embroidery. I have found the following site but was wondering if anyone has any other sources. The google wasn't much help.

    I did one piece of chicken scratch a long, long time ago and it's been in the back of my mind to do more for a quilt. Hmm. Not something that's on the agenda for today but in the future *sometime*. :lol: (That famous "I wanna do" list!)



    http://www.pegasusor.com/chicinst.htm

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    I looked it up and read up on it, and from everything I read ,you use any pattern that is used for cross stitch. show us when you have a block
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    there are needlepoint and crewel stitches that would work well, too.

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    Hi Yvonne:
    We are doing Chicken Scratch here in CentralFlorida. We have a fairly new quilt shop in Haines City (near here). Pat is from England and has been open around 2 yrs or so. One of her quilting friends brought in a Queen size quilt with 13 blocks of Ch. Scratch and the other 12 blocks are with the color matching your gingham check and a neutral background. This block is called the Irish Chain. Squares are about 16.5-17" and of course will need to be squared up. Pat ordered the books we are using from Pegasus Originals. There are a few patterns on the net. Everyoe is working at their own speed. I loved the quilt on display but find the Chicken Scratch"very slow". The hardest part is counting and graphing your pattern. But keep on searching on all of the search engines and I am sure you will find something you like. :wink:
    Sharon
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    Thank you, Sharon. I always hesitate to order from unknown sources. But will consider doing that now that I know someone else has. :wink:
    My sister has taken up the search and has found several sites that talk about chicken scratch. She obviously searches better than I do!
    Please post some pictures of your effort. I would love to see what you're working on.
    Yvonne

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    The old fashiond anunt martha patterns are available on this site.
    All kinds of needle crafts. The prices are also very reasonable, cross stitch of all kinds :D


    http://www.colonialpatterns.com/index.php?cPath=50_56&osCsid=c3fbcf85d5edb42311f58c701dab88b2

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    Yvonne....I use to do chicken scratch and cross stitch on Gingham years ago. It was very popular at that time and there were a lot of patterns for aprons, pillow cases and bureau scarfs(I'm dating myself). It would be very easy to adapt the patterns for a quilt. Since I don't throw anything away...I think I might have some of the patterns .... if I can find them. I'll let you know.

    Judyjo

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    Judyjo,
    Thank you so much. I think I'm all set though. I went back to the pegasus web site and they referred me to an online store in Washington and I just ordered three books this morning. :P

    I actually found my very old (at least 20 years) pattern book yesterday and one completed block. Of course now my sewing room is topsy-turvey from all the hunting! Funny how I get a bee in my bonnet and it just starts buzzing around and makes me nuts!

    I visited JoAnn's this morning and have my gingham all purchased and ready to go. Just waiting for the postman!

    Here's the block I made about 20 years ago. Good as the day I made it. :lol:
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    Have fun!! :lol:

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    Hi Yvonne,
    I will have to get an update for my camera. I was trying toinstall on my laptop but the puter said i needed my start up disc. :( I can't find my directions but hopefully I can get the updates off of the web. I have never posted pictures but look forward to learning.
    Sharon :wink:

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    We'll be very patient waiting as long as we know pictures will be coming soon. :lol: Everything is a new learning experience, isn't it! Even the relearning is a new learning experience :!:

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    JudyJo,This quilt is soooo pretty :thumbup: In such beautiful shape, I've never seen one like that before. Becky from Pa Quiltgirl53

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    Yvonne, that is sooo kewl, I've never heard of it before but it's beautiful.
    kathy

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    can u please tell me how to download this flower pattern? or any patterns
    for the chicken scratch embroidery.

    thanks
    bevalee

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    Pretty! I always associate it with aprons.

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    That's so pretty Yvonne! I'd love to know how to do that stitch too. I do have an embroidery book to look through. I bet it has that stitch. But it's great to see how it can be used so successfully!! Like I don't have enough to do. :wink: :lol: :lol:

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    When I first tried to find Chicken Scratch patterns, about a year ago, I found very little on-line about the craft. This morning, I Googled "Chicken Scratch embroidery" again, and got lots of hits. I didn't find many patterns, but lots of pictures to use as guides.

    From what I've seen on many of the sites, you could just trace whatever design you want - animals, birds, butterflies, hearts, etc. - onto the gingham, then do your own version of the Chicken Scratch. I've seen examples where every square was embroidered, as well as examples where the design was just outlined in C/S. Both are very interesting and very pretty.

    So, don't give up - try Googling again and see what's out there now.

    Madelyn

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    Yvonne, OOOOOPS !! Looks like we have almost the same avatar !! Did you take that picture? I took this picture at a restaraunt on the Oregon coast. BUT, you have been here lots longer than I have, so I will find a different pic to use as my avatar. :lol: There were lots of pretty flowers at that restaraunt :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyful_noise
    Yvonne, OOOOOPS !! Looks like we have almost the same avatar !! Did you take that picture? I took this picture at a restaraunt on the Oregon coast. BUT, you have been here lots longer than I have, so I will find a different pic to use as my avatar. :lol: There were lots of pretty flowers at that restaraunt :!:
    Oh, you don't have to change your pretty rose. I change my pic from time to time so no problem. I do like your dahlia though!

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    Hi, I have just joined your group because I am interested in chicken scratch embroidery and also doing a quilt. In my searches I saw your picture showing the the white CS flower on green gingham and it really caught my eye. I hope one day to be able to do something similar. I have not yet looked round the site properly but assume there is a picture of the quilt mentioned in here somewhere to help me with a few ideas.
    Keep stitching and keep well

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    Don't look too hard for a CS quilt from me. It's still a few eons away. :lol: Other quilt ideas keep getting in the way but it's still on my "to do someday" list. I have fabric and patterns so it could happen anytime now! Ha!

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    My sister has done a number of chicken scratch pieces for tablecloths... Her original pattern came from a magazine. Don't know if that's any help.

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    I did chicken scratch years ago, enjoyed doing it. It is also called Tenneriffe (sp) I still have a couple of books tucked away some where. I fogot to mention, when you buy the gingham make sure the squares are perfect squares. Everyonce in a while you can get some that is not square and it will throw the whole design off

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    Here is mine...

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    The title of this post intrigued me...had no clue what Chicken Scratch was at all, 'til I saw the pic! You may find some patterns if you google the following: Teneriffe Embroidery, Norwegian Embroidery, Amish Embroidery and Snowflake Embroidery - All alternate names for Chicken Scratch! I remember being taught this in school, I know it as Teneriffe...thanks for the post...and for getting my old grey matter working!

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