Tuesday, 21 November 2017

TAST 154: Feather and Chain Stitch

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday which is an online course of stitches on Sharon Boggon's Pintangle. Join in and learn. If you want to do it from scratch, there will be a rerun starting next year.
Read more about TAST here.
Learn Feather and Chain Stitch here.

As I have explained before, I want all the TAST stitches in one (private) collection and will give them the chronological number in the order I learn them. 
So now it is time for Feather and Chain  Stitch,  which I will call TAST #154.

 Turn the work and look at it from this angle and you get rough waves on a stormy ocean. Or is it Nessy sticking her head out of Lock Ness? Or is it just a pretty design?

On the TAST Reference Chart

This is an easy and great stitch!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 44: Mille Fleur Stitch

It is time for another lesson of embroidery stitches here at Sunday Stitch School.

Today's stitch is an unusual one. The name, Mille Fleur Stitch, leads us to think it is a French stitch. However, I found it in Eva Köhlmark's Broderiboken, which is written in Swedish. I have not seen this stitch before, nor found its name anywhere else, in any book or on the internet.

I wonder where it got its name from. Obviously it has nothing to do with Millefleurs, the expression used for the background style of flowers seen on Flemish and French tapestries, e.g. The Lade and the Unicorn.

William Morris also used Mille Fleur; a sprinkling of flowers in the background of his designs.

Furthermore, Mille Fleur is the name of some carpets from Cashmere with floral designs.

You can read about the topics above, in this link: millefleur

Now, Eva Köhlmark's Mille Fleur Stitch is simply a tripple Lazy Daisy Stitch. When two LD stitches are work over each other you get the Berry Stitch (TAST 47),  in Mille Fleur you add one more detached Chain Stitch.

Anyone who has knowledge of this stitch, please leave a message in the Comment Box.

Annet gave me this YouTube link where you can see how great the stitch looks when worked in variegated thread. In the video the stitch is called Triple Detached Chain Stitch.

Work it like this:

Make one Chain Stitch.

Anchor it.

 Make a new stitch outside the small Chain Stitch, and anchor it in the same way.

 Repeat with a third stitch.

It is easy to work, but hard to get even. Look at the unevenness on my Aida sampler.

As you can see, different colored threads can be mixed.

On my (new) SSS Reference Chart.

Make something with the red fabric and goodies from the 'sweet box'.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 43: Moss Stitch

Welcome to Kyoto where I saw this fallen leaf on a moss carpet in a temple garden.

The knot on the Moss Stitch is slightly complicated. If you don't like knotty stitches I'd recommend the Cross and Twist Stitch that can be found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, page 76. The knot is not as prominent, but still looks good.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

WIPW - Back to Work

Wednesday, and it means it is time for a progress report, (Work In Progress Wednesday).

Compare the pictures to see the progress
(No, I did not dye the fabric! The difference in colour is a trick of my camera!)

 I am still most uncomfortable with the work - I really don't know what I am doing! The red has added a touch of 'Mola style', I guess, but the rest does not look anything like the beautiful work of the Cuna Indians, or Ms Fumiko Nakayama - yet. I will just have to trudge along...

Mola - Snippets of Interest
The Cuna Indians use many kinds of motifs, not only tropical birds and animals or exotic plants, but religious symbols, rockets, sporting events, as well as illustrations from advertisements, for their Molas.
Many Cuna Indians are illiterate and the letters of the alphabet are simply seen as decorative symbols, so letters might be missing or turned upside down.
A Swedish match-box with a parrot and the text: 'Made by Jönköping-Vulcans T.F. AB Sweden' was the inspiration for a Mola, but the text became: 'ADEBYJOPINGS&VULCANSTFABSWEDEN'.
(Source: Broderiboken - Eva Köhlmark)

I found a similar reference to a Swedish matchbox parrot Mola here.