I've been working on some chicken scratch. I think I'll cut these strips apart to use for quilt sashing. They will go into a quilt I'll call Grandma's Apron Strings. I think I have about 12 or 13 more quilt blocks to make for a twin sized quilt so thought I better get moving on the chicken scratch sashing because I need a lot of it. It's a nice summer project. After I get enough strips completed for a row of sashing I'll test it out with the blocks to see if I actually like my idea.
In re chicken scratch:
I used to visit the thrift stores weekly and I felt sorry for any hand work items that I found so I usually purchased them and gave them a good home. I know the makers went to a lot of work to create the items only to have them unloved and unwanted and hanging out in a thrift store. Over the years I picked up several aprons with chicken scratch. I used to use them as a valance at the kitchen window (tied over the curtain rod) but when we remodeled the kitchen we put in new windows and moved them to a spot with a nice view so I got rid of the curtains/valance.
The chicken scratch on the aprons runs all the way from elegant like above ...
...to very simple...
...and all sorts in between.
Sometimes the chicken scratch looks like cross stitch.
Back when I used to make clothes I chicken scratched on a purple gingham blouse I made and on a little pink gingham sundress I made my daughter when she was around 2 years old - both items long gone. Years ago I made a project bag crazy quilt style from old blue jeans and chicken scratched on the yoke of the bag.
I've also seen chicken scratch called depression lace or amish embroidery.