Overcast Bar

Schematic drawing of an overcast bar. Schematic drawing of an overcast bar.

An overcast bar is a technique whereby a stitched bar is created between two woven areas of cloth. This is done after a section (or group) of the ground threads has been removed (as happens in drawn thread work and cutwork).

The foundation of an overcast bar consists of two or more threads of the material left after removing the warp and/or weft threads. Overcast stitch is then closely worked over the threads, keeping the stitches close and firm in order to produce a neat, rounded bar. This type of stitching is used in Italian cutwork.

Also known as: corded bar, twisted bar, whipped bar stitch, wrapped bar stitch

See also: buttonholed bar

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 6-7.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 3 June 2016)


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