Why is it called Kitchener Stitch?
During the First World War it is said that Herbert Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, prompted the invention of a special graft for socks to prevent chafing. It came to be known as ‘the Kitchener Stitch ‘.
What can I use instead of a tapestry needle?
I would use things like bobby pins, paper clips stretched out, or a safety pin. A good investment would be any sort of tapestry needle case. They look like little tubes.
How do you sew without a needle?
Fusible bonding tape is, in my opinion, the other most viable alternative to using a needle. Fusible bonding tape is useful in a range of situations, but really shines when it comes to connecting fabric and performing the role that a thread needle usually would.
What is Kitchener stitch used for?
The kitchener stitch is a way to graft live stitches together creating a seamless join. It’s often used to close up the toes of socks or shoulder seams, (among other things).