Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ABC Wednesday - G is for Gingham

G is for Gingham.............

blue and white checkered gingham cloth

This blue and white checkered piece of cloth is also referred to as gingham.

Gingham comes in many colors - most people are familiar with the red and white checkered tablecloths that get used for picnicking in the summertime.

It is made of cotton and there is no right or wrong side to this fabric - both are identical.

The stitching that is done on this cloth is known as Chicken Scratching and it is only done on gingham cloth.

The design pattern is embroidered only on the very dark and very light squares. The stitches are embroidered in the opposite color of the square.

It sounds confusing, but if you look closely you can see the white stitches on the dark blue square, and the dark blue stitches are on the white squares.

Check out the in-between hues - they look almost solid against the stitches.

I like the effect - and you only get it from gingham cloth!

This is the third round of ABC Wednesday. If you would like to join in please visit this site for the details.


  1. Kathy, You always make your photos and posts so interesting. Anna :)

  2. You have taught me something very new. I don't do stitches etc., but I do appreciate the pattern and the possibilites - also in photography.

  3. I'd heard of gingham but never really knew what was special about it till now.

  4. Gingham brings back so many school sewing memories. I remember making a peg bag and also an apron.
    Thanks for the memory!

    Great post.

  5. this is the blue and white gingham design that we have on our kitchen table.
    good taste...

  6. Thanks for taking the time to instruct us on gingham and chicken scratches!

    I like the blue color.

  7. I'm a sucker for both gingham and stitching!

    I love visiting your blog every day!

  8. ohhoh this is a very good choice for "G"...I love what everyone comes up with!
    Mine is here.

  9. This is a Great idea for the letter G.
    Your choice is very unique.

    Bear((( )))

  10. I've always liked gingham - so cool and fresh looking.

  11. you make the pics look so appealing with the descriptions...
    love them

  12. I love gingham- my favorite gingham item is my vintage pink gingham apron and it has little black cross stitch detailing.

  13. It makes me think of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.... lame comment, I know, but thought I'd share it with you all! :)

  14. Hi...
    Nice post
    Anyway would you add my blog into your blogroll (exchange link) please...


    Cheers - Leet

  15. Cool, now I know what gingham is, very interesting as per usual.

  16. Thanks, Anna - I enjoy yours just as much!

  17. Runee - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  18. Hilary - thanks for the kind words! I also enjoy yours!!

  19. The bottom part of that pattern is very pleasing to the eye. I love anything star like, or with stars in or around it.


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