Cross stitch, Needlecraft and Embroidery Glossary: Quaker Cloth to Quodlibet stitch

A comprehensive illustrated glossary of cross stitch, embroidery and needlecraft. Clear definitions and working diagrams. Includes over 700 terms used in cross stitch, embroidery, tapestry, blackwork, and goldwork.

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Quaker Cloth

An evenweave linen fabric 112 threads to 10 cms, 28 count

Quarter cross stitch

A stitch used in fine detail in cross stitch designs worked on a diagonal over one thread.

It is best to use this where backstitch is to be added on the diagonal rather than a three quarter stitch.

See also Backstitch, Cross stitch

Queen stitch

A counted thread stitch Queen stitch - click to enlarge

Work a long vertical stitch from 1 to 2 over four threads tying it down with a small horizontal stitch over one thread at 3 as shown. Work a second vertical stitch, this time tying it down at 4. The central two stitches are worked in the same way with the smaller stitches inside the first pair as shown.
Rococo stitch is a variation where six vertical threads are worked, three on either side.

See also Rococo stitch

Quick stitch

A counted thread stitch Quick stitch - click to enlarge

This can be used to cover large areas but is unsuitable for a upholstery since it uses long stitches. Long threads are laid diagonally across the area only entering the fabric at both ends. These stitches must cross thread intersections over their whole length. The laid threads are then crossed at right angles by groups of three diagonal stitches arranged as shown.


Quill stitch

A free embroidery stitch variation of buttonhole stitch. Quill stitch - click to enlarge

Buttonhole stitches are worked first on one side and then the other along a straight line. Also known as alternating button hole stitch.

See also Alternating buttonhols stitch, Buttonhole stitch

Quilting

A method of sewing together two layers of fabric with a central wadding where the relief on the surface provides the decoration. It can be hand stitched with running stitches

Quodlibet stitch

A counted thread stitch Quodlibet stitch - click to enlarge

First work a central vertical stitch over twelve threads and then make the lower arrowhead shape with four stitches. Tie down the long stitch with a horizontal stitch over two threads and complete with the four upper arrowhead stitches. The following stitches interlock as shown to cover the fabric.


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