Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 16: Puncetto Valsesiano Stitch

Welcome to another lesson at Sunday Stitch School. What's on offer today? Well, I thought it was time to play with a needle lacing stitch.

Only a needle and some thread is needed to make the decorative Puncetto Valsesiano needle lace from the Valsesia region in Northern Italy. Most commonly it is worked in white, but the Mastallone Valley folk costumes are often decorated with coloured PV needle lace.

Interested to know more? Read this article by Google Arts & Culture.

Instead of making a lace doily, snow flake square or parts of a folk costume, I want to use the Puncetto Valsesiano Stitch as a 3D embroidery stitch.

Work it like this:
 First fold the fabric you are working on and stitch right on the fold.

First work from left to right.


To make an open space skip a few stitches while leaving a loop of thread.

When it is time to work the second row don't turn the work over, instead stitch from right to left. Go between the knots, not catching any of the fabric this time.


Work new knots on the loops on the return journey.

Work the third row left to right by inserting the needle between the knots.



A note on the twist of the thread. In the examples above I have used perle 8 which has an S twist. (Read more about S and Z twists at Needle 'n Thread.)

When you stitch from left to right with an S-twisted thread, the thread twists itself a bit tighter. When you stitch from right to left (on the return journey) the thread untwists itself. 
In both cases, you need to either let the needle and thread dangle for a short time to regain the right twist, 

or 
you need to learn to roll the needle between your thumb and index finger in a clockwise and anti clockwise direction.
Anti clockwise for left to right stitches.

Clockwise on the return journey.

It IS confusing! With practice you can control the twist 'automatically'.


Homework:
Pay attention to the tension, the twist and leave enough room in each knot to insert the needle on the return journey.
Stitch something high and lacy, 
and in the style of free form, 
and on plain cloth.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 11 - 15

The set homework for revision of the Sunday Stitch School's stitches 11-15 was to use them on a Sunbonnet Sue design.

Once upon a time Sue was a baby girl and it was the hood of her pram that was the Bonnet that kept her face out of the Sun.

11 - Knotted Satin Stitch was used for the quilt and the ties on the kite string.
12 - Lace Stitches make up the hood of the pram.
13 - Mountmellick Stitch was used for a lace edge along the hood and the top of the carriage, as well as the frill on Sue's sleeves.
14 - Norwich Stitch in variegated floss was used for the kite.
15 - Open Chain Stitch in pink for the carriage, and bundled in the blue tyres.

For the kite string and sleeves I used Stem Stitch.
Straight Stitch was used for the hands, the outline of the quilt blocks and the spokes of the tyres.




Thursday, 23 March 2017

TAST Interview


Sharon B of Pintangle is running a series of interviews with TAST followers. This is a fantastic way to read more about how fellow followers take to 'needle 'n thread', what makes them 'tick' and learn from their wisdom.


I would like to thank Sharon for helping us to learn from each other and share our joy of needlework.



Today my interview was posted. Read it here.



Previous interviews:
Annet of FatQuarter.
Renee of Hand Stitched Treasures
Angela of Princess Bubbles Creates
Maureen of CrazyQstitcher


The cherries are beginning to open their buds and I have hung up my seasonal crazy quilt.



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WIPW - 9,234

Work In Progress Wednesday can this week report on real progress.

Trinity Green

It has been a productive week; I made 18 new paper strips of 486 triangles.

This means that I have completed the first step in making this green bed size quilt - I added the very last triangle!

The final total came to 9.234 triangles.


Next on the menu is stitching strips of thin green 'sashing' between the rows of triangles and then ripping out the paper until I have a flimsy.

The upcoming week will be very 'green',

but around me in Tokyo it is very 'pink'.