Chicken Scratch embroidery is also called as Tenneriffe Lace, Snowflaking & Amish Embroidery. It is worked on gingham or checkered cloth, hence also called as Gingham Embroidery. It gives a lacy finish to the fabric/ work.
Most commonly used fabrics for chicken scratch embroidery are the 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch checks. The 1/8-inch gingham is used mainly for small projects – pincushions, jar lids, bookmarks, and sachets. The 1/4-inch is used for larger projects – pillows, quilts, clothing, place mats, and tablecloths.
Gingham or checkered fabric
Needle ( sharp needle with large eye preferred)
The number of strands of floss used in chicken scratch embroidery depends on the type of fabric used.
- 2- strand floss is used in 1/8 - inch checkered fabric, and
- 3- strand is used in 1/4 - inch checkered fabric.
Counting the squares :Using a scale count the number of squares per inch on each side. Sometimes the checks may not be same on each side.
Counting the squares help in deciding upon a pattern and placing it well on the fabric. Thus. reducing wastage of fabric.
There are many different kinds of stitches used in chicken scratch embroidery.
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