versatile and elastic stitch, honeycomb stitch is more often
used for the rich texture it creates on the fabric rather
than for the decorative effect of the stitches placed on
A small bead stitch is all that shows on the front of your
work because most of your thread remains on the back. It
is often worked in a thread colour that matches the fabric
so that the focus is placed upon the texture being produced,
but this is by no means to be considered the rule.
(Experiment! Have fun! See what effects you can create by
using different types of thread or contrasting/differing
This stitch allows the creative side of you to shine
through.... I've seen an absolutely gorgeous evening dress
done in crystal organza with this stitch on the bodice and
sleeves and some truly beautiful evening bags in black velvet
and in a cream fabric with beading put into the centres
of the diamonds. Stunning stuff!)
You'll find that this stitch requires all your attention
to attain good even results. Go slowly. Make sure that your
needle remains parallel to the gathering threads when you
take a stitch and try to keep your bead stitches the same
size (and depth). This is one stitch where the one pleat
at a time rule does not apply.
| 1. Working from left to right and beginning on
the bottom gathering thread, (row 2) start by inserting
the needle right to left in the first pleat to secure the
knot. Pick up the first two pleats together with an under
| 2. Take another stitch on the same two pleats
(inserting your needle through the the same exit point as
your first stitch), but leave the needle in the back of
your work this time, pointing up to the top gathering row.
Don't rush it. It is slow going but the extra care now will
show in the finished work. |
| 3. Bring needle back to the surface through the
valley between the first and second pleats level with the
top gathering thread (row 1) and pull thread through. With
thread over needle pick up the second and third pleats together.
Keep needle the horizontal. (The dotted line in these diagrams
represent the thread under the fabric) |
| 4. Make an over cable over these same two pleats
with the thread over the needle and leave the needle in
the back pointing down to the bottom gathering row (inserting
your needle through the the same exit point as your first
| 5. Bring the needle to the front through the
valley of the previous pleats you stitched together on the
bottom gathering row, level with the bottom gathering row.
Notice that the rule here is to always pick up the last
pleat you have just stitched and the next new pleat as you
move across the row stitching the pleats together in twos. |
| 6. Back stitch these pleats with an under cable
and continue across the row in this manner. Keep checking
all pleats have been stitched and only two at a time. I
assure you that it frustrating to find that you've missed
the count later on. So go slowly and keep checking now.
7. Start the next row of stitching, as before,
with an undercable level with gathering row 4. The back
of your finished work should have bands of stitching with
an unstitched row in between.
You'll find surface honeycomb stitch is a much easier
stitch to execute than honeycomb. It, too, is highly elastic
and has a very textured quality because the thread lies
on the surface of the fabric this time. A new pleat is picked
up with each top or bottom cable.Work from left to right.
| 1. Begin the row by inserting the needle right
to left into the first pleat (to secure the knot). Pick
up the second pleat with an under cable stitch level with
the bottom gathering row.
2. Keeping the thread under the needle, pick
up this second pleat again, while keeping level with the
top gathering thread.
| 3. Change the thread position to over the needle
and pick up the next pleat to complete a top level cable
| 4.Thread still over the needle, move back down
to the bottom gathering row and pick up this third pleat
5. Thread under needle, stitch a bottom level
| 6. Continue across the row in this manner. The
second row is worked directly under the first one, from
left to right, beginning with an over cable and going down
to the bottom gathering row, etc and so forming the bottoms
of the diamonds. |