Tuesday, 21 February 2017

TAST - #141 Fancy Bobbin Edging

TAST, short for Take A Stitch Tuesday, is a great online course of embroidery stitches, run by Sharon B of Pintangle. I learned 140 stitches between 2012 and 2014.

When the course restarted again I mistakenly thought the same 140 stitches would be repeated in the same order, and I should wait for a new stitch to be added after #140. It was by pure chance I realized that some new stitches had been inserted and the order had changed slightly.

I want to learn the new stitches, but I also want to keep the old numbers in my TAST collection.

One of the stitches new to me is called Fancy Bobbin Edging. I will be calling Fancy Bobbin Edging, TAST #141.

It is an easy and fun stitch, and leaves a nice knobby edge at the bottom of the stitch. When time comes I will love to play with this new addition to my collection of TAST stitches. For the time being I have other things to work on...

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 12: Lace Stitch

Welcome to another lesson on disciplining embroidery stitches! Last week I had trouble with the unruly Knotted Satin Stitch, but in the end, managed to control it.
Before we move on to the new stitch, I recommend you to have a look at Chitra's fantastic Knotted Satin Stitched peacock.

For this week I have selected Lace Stitch, which is one used in Pulled Work, and usually worked on even count linen. The point with PW is that the thread is tugged so tight you won't see the thread, just the hole it creates. Let's see how I'll manage!

Lace Stitch is also called Turkish Stitch, Three-Sided Stitch, Bermuda Faggoting, and Point Turc in French. Searched as I have, I have not discovered its Swedish name, but I am sure there is one. Can anyone help? Är det någon i Sverige som vet?

It is basically a double Back Stitch and worked like this:

On my Aida sampler, which of course is not the appropriate fabric, but never mind, this makes a nice non-pulled stitch:

Homework will be to stitch an inner border on this piece of linnen. 
Now, Queenie, don't forget to pull the thread hard!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 11: Knotted Satin Stitch

Time to hand in the homework for this week's stitch - the Knotted Satin Stitch.
It looked so innocently easy and simple, but I found it was a willful stitch, behaving well until it suddenly started misbehaving. The 'knot' is not a proper knot, but a loop, and frets along the straight stitch it is looped around. It will not sit still! I renamed it the Naughty Knotted Satan Stitch!

When I introduced the stitch on my blog last Sunday I had worked the sampler on Aida and THAT was my first mistake; the holes in Aida are spaced wide apart. For this stitch you need a much tighter woven fabric.
My second mistake was that while working I forgot that this is not a variation of Buttonhole stitch, but a Satin stitch that needs to be crowded and stitched tightly so it is kept in check. Look at the sloppy orange heart. Aren't those horrible Buttonhole stitches worked backwards?!

After a number of false starts I got a better result. By keeping the stitches this crowded, each one supports the next one. The 'knot' is hidden underneath and pads the edge of the Satin stitches, just like it should do.

Just for fun I worked one set of widely spaced stitches over another to create the two coloured half wheels. These stitches had even more 'ants in their pants' and did not sit still, not until I tied them down with the red edges.
On these red edges and the red stem the stitches are so short they create a cord like line as the knot underneath lifts the whole stitch.

Annet, who has a wealth of stitch knowledge, pointed out that Knotted Satin Stitch is Rope Stitch worked at a different angle. She is right of course, and while working I realized it is also a cousin of Coral stitch, which is why I made the two red bows with Coral stitch.
(This flower is to be made into a greeting card, and I took the liberty to add some other stitches, too, Stem, Lattice, and French Knots.)

Finally I just had to see if naughty stitches can behave better when the environment (the fabric) and their character (the thread) change:
I used a piece of slightly fuzzy cotton and experimented with yellow floss (three strands), pink Pearl and light blue wool thread. I stitched the Knotted Satin Stitch, the Rope Stitch and the Coral Stitch,
and they were not only obedient and compliant, but refined and polished.

The Naughty Knotted Satan Stitch became the Silky Knotted Satin Stitch of whom I am happy to have met.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WIPW - +432

It has been a tail chasing day but finally I have found the time to file my Work In Progress Wednesday report.

Trinity Green
I have cut more fabric pieces, added 432 new triangles to paper strips and joined them together into two 'snakes'.
In total I now have 7.668 triangles stitched for this quilt.

Fabric in Focus
This fabric,  kindly given to me by Julie, always makes me think of a cross word puzzle.