For those of you who were wondering...
Why is it called chicken scratch? One theory is that the main stitch looks like a chicken’s track. One story suggests the technique started during the Great Depression when a woman wished she could add lace to her plain gingham dresses. However, she only had some floss, so she set about to figure out how to create a lacy look. When her husband asked what she was doing, she told him she was adding lace to her dress. His reply was said to be that it looked like chicken scratches!!
Chicken scratch is also called Amish embroidery, depression lace, and snowflake embroidery, all typically stitched on gingham fabric.
Here are the samples stitched at the meeting on Friday - part of our ongoing "Stitch a Month" project. Thanks to Anne Brooke for taking the photos.