rickrack + embroidery

I promised to show you another apron that uses rickrack creatively and here it is. The technique for attaching the rickrack can be used on anything—not just gingham—but this example shows a nice use of cross stitches in between the rows. And it's another idea for trimming your gingham apron if you're doing one for the challenge.

green gingham apron
Use colored embroidery floss (same color as the gingham) across the dips in the "waves" to attach your rickrack to the fabric. Running your stitches all in the same direction gives you a striped effect; alternating direction forms a v-shaped design.

rickrack trim closeup

The apron shown here has the rickrack along the waistband and pocket tops—one row of the larger size in the center surrounded by two rows of the smaller size. Along the bottom are two rows of this same arrangement with the addition of cross stitches on the white squares in between. Looks pretty fancy but isn't quite as much work as chicken scratch!

rickrack trim


KR said...

This is SO lovely!!!! I love the detail and how every little bit seems to have a purpose :)
Reclaiming The Home

Junie Moon said...

I would never have thought of this but it certainly makes a lovely effect and the rickrack detail imbues a an extra-lovely effect with the gingham and chicken scratch.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm getting some ideas here.
Thank you, Janet!!!
JZ in VA

Denise Felton said...

Great post! My readers are going to love it! I've scheduled a link to this article to go live about 8:00 a.m. Central on July 22.

All best,


Niesz Vintage Home said...

Wow! That's so pretty!
Love all the detail.
Of course, pretty much anything with rick rack ranks high with me.

Kimberly :)

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome! I can't wait to try it. I was thinking it would look really nice to trim some dishtowels that way, too.

Anonymous said...

That is adorable!

Unknown said...

wow, so cute! I think this is a fantasic idea.

Anonymous said...

So, so cute! I recently went to a museum in Nevada that had an apron exhibit, and now I'm inspired. Some of the aprons there were of gingham and were embroidered. I'd love to make some. Your rick rack ideas are just lovely!