The Art of Stitches

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Join us as we delve into the realm of stitches and how they elevate your design...

In the world of interior design, every detail counts. Sometimes, the most subtle elements play a significant role in creating a seamless and spectacular interior. Whether in upholstery, drapery, or decorative accents, different stitches add personality and a sense of craftsmanship. Join us as we delve into the realm of stitches and how they elevate your design.

Straight Stitch

The most basic and commonly used stitch, the straight stitch, is versatile and practical. It is often used in upholstery to secure fabric layers and create clear, tailored lines. Although simple, it provides a polished finish that exudes sophistication, whether on a sofa, chair, or cushions.

Running Stitch

The running stitch, with its repetitive motion, adds a touch of charm to interiors. It is frequently seen in quilting and detailing in curtains, table linens, and wall hangings. Often done by hand, it creates a gentle, rhythmic fluidity that can soften the edges of a room and infuse it with warmth. Below, it can be seen in our Tapestry of Redemption quilt with Fine Cell Work, where each stitch detail carries a unique story throughout the piece.

Below, we have added blanket stitch edging to the chairs in the Drawing Room at Dorset Square Hotel. The edges of these upholstered chairs are punctuated by the rhythmic stitch, pinching around the seats and backs. Using a contrast thread on the natural fabric further adds a pop of colour and interest.

Blanket Stitch

One of our favourite stitches, the blanket stitch, originates from traditional embroidery techniques and brings a handcrafted feel to interior design. Distinguished by its looped edges, it is perfect for finishing raw edges and adds a rustic appeal, bringing a touch of nostalgia and comfort to a space. We have even used it to finish items in our collaborative Sailor’s Farewell china collection with Wedgewood.

Cross Stitch

Associated with needlework and embroidery, the cross stitch has recently found its way into contemporary design in unexpected ways. We have paid homage to this stitch in our ‘Criss Cross’ fabric, designed in collaboration with Christopher Farr. These geometric motifs add visual interest, personality, and playfulness to interiors.

Chain Stitch

Characterised by interlocking looped stitches forming a chain-like pattern, the chain stitch is one we adore so much that we named a fabric after it, designed and recoloured in collaboration with Rosebank Fabrics. The large repeat of this fabric makes it perfect for large statement headboards, sofas, and curtains.

Whip Stitch

Versatile and decorative, the whip stitch is most commonly used to join fabric panels together or as a decorative border. It can be seen in our patchwork toys, where its linear appearance adds texture and an unexpected striking touch.

Embroidery Stitch

Last, but by no means least, is the embroidery stitch. Encompassing a wide range of techniques, embroidery stitches used in conjunction create a truly unique texture and visual impact. They add immense personality and character, whether adorning cushions with intricate patterns or embellishing headboards with floral motifs. This stitch allows designers to express creativity and craft one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story. One of our favourite examples is Pippa Caley’s wonderful work in suite 704 at our new Warren Street Hotel – a true work of art!

Stitches are not just functional elements in interior design; they can also be expressions of craftsmanship, creativity, and attention to detail. So, get stitching and elevate your interiors!