85F3CE96-2B73-4819-B350-FD64F4FBC6D4 .Quiltscapes.: Chicken Scratch, Anyone?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chicken Scratch, Anyone?

How about Gingham Lace?
Star Topper - Chicken Scratch Embroidery

Also known as Depression Lace, Amish Embroidery, and Tic-Tac-Toe embroidery among others, this technique uses just a few simple stitches to embellish gingham checkered fabric and give the appearance of a lace overlay, depending on the placement of lights and darks.

Stitch Details

My sister had these little gingham toppers in her collection.  We're not sure if they were our Mother's or Grandmother's tablecloths.

Tiny hand-stitched rolled hem.  Looks like my Mother's handwork.
A well-used Tablecloth
Stitch Details

Since Gingham is making a comeback these days, I thought I'd look in to this adorable vintage embroidery technique.

Check it out on Cutting Corners over at Riley Blake Designs. ↓↓  Click to see the tutorial...
Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

...and directions to make this sweet little pincushion.

Have you made anything with gingham?  Have you tried chicken scratch embroidery?   I think my next project will be to make a little topper of my own, along with some gingham cloth napkins with a Spring motif. Yes.  Then maybe Spring will come.  


  1. Your pincushion is adorable. Thanks for the link to the tutorial. I may have to try it, I used to cross stitch a lot, and I love gingham.

  2. Oh my - I can remember learning this when I was in 4-H - used it on our pockets and across the hem of our aprons we made.

  3. We used to do this when we were children. It was so fun.

  4. Wow! this was really fun to see. Now I know what your super talents come from ;). Thanks for sharing!

  5. very pretty and how good to have these pieces down a good while ago

  6. I saw Chicken Scratch at my Grandmother. But that was a long time ago. I use to cross stitch a lot. I have started doing embroidery. I have some gingham. I should give this a try.

  7. I did learn how to do this at camp....yours is beautiful..I don;t think I ever mastered it quite as well as you

  8. Hi Deonn,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I thought I'd check out your blog, too. See what you are up to.
    Love that you shared the Chicken Scratch embroidery. Grandma and I used to work on these together. She made oodles of them into aprons for family and the church bazaar. It was only aprons, but lots of different designs. Love the pin cushion!
    Thanks for dredging up the lovely memory for me.


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