Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 22: Vault Stitch

Today's stitch is yet another one from the Cross Stitch family, and belongs to Canvas stitches.

Vault Stitch is also known as Fan Vaulting and Church Roof Stitch. No Swedish name has been found. Let me know if you have any other names for this stitch.

I discovered it in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, where it is worked in the order of the purple stitch:
This way a LOT of thread is needed.
With yellow thread I changed the stitching to save thread.
Compare the back:

Once you have got the rhythm, you will get 'hooked' and work the stitches fast.

This is what it looks on my Aida sampler:

Fill this square with orange and yellow Vault Stitch.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 16 - 20, as well as Lesson 21:Upright Cross Stitch

I have two pieces of homework.

First the Sunbonnet Sue sampler for stitches 16 - 20.
Sue went to Sweden and dressed up in a folk costume to go dancing.

Then there is stitch 21: Upright Cross Stitch, here used as a filling stitch.
This was easy-peasy.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

WIPW - Slowly But Steadily

Slowly but steadily, the paper backing of

Trinity Green 

is being removed.

Last week's Work In Progress Wednesday photo

This week's photo
No need to comment!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 21: Upright Cross Stitch

Here is an easy stitch, Upright Cross Stitch. It has another English name, St George's Cross Stitch, and it is called Rakt Korsstygn in Swedish.
Mattia has just told me the French name is: Point de Croix Droit
Annet tells me, in Dutch, it is called Staande Kruissteek.

It can be worked in two ways:
Yellow: Work a line of Running Stitches and cross each stitch on the return journey with a straight upright stitch as shown in the photo.

Purple: Make an upright stitch, cross it with a straight stitch from left to right. Work the second stitch one step down as illustrated in the picture.

Fill a square with Upright Cross stitches.

Don't forget to hand in the Sunbonnet Sue revision stitch homework as well!!!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

No Friday Homework

Ops, it is past midnight and Friday is gone. I haven't got any homework to show anyway. Sunbonnet Sue is getting dressed bit by bit, but is still not 'decent' enough to show herself! I will take another week to finish the revision homework.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

WIPW - Paper Trail

What have I got to report for Work In progress Wednesday?

Well, progress has been made on

Trinity Green
where I have carefully been removing paper from the back of the quilt. There is a paper trail wherever I go!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

TAST -144 Alternating Double Chain Stitch

I am trying to catch up on some more TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) stitches.
To learn what TAST is, go to Pintangle.

Here is the Alternating Double Chain Stitch, which in my eyes looks like the Shell Chain (TAST#97) with the little Chain stitch on alternating sides.

To follow Sharon B's excellent tutorial and learn this stitch, click here.

As I am organizing my TAST stitch collection to suit ME, I have given it the number 144.

Don't they make you think of a chain of paper clips?

On the TAST Reference Chart it looks like this. I don't think it is a good stitch for curves...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 16 - 20

We have done another set of five stitches so it is time for a revision of them here at Sunday Stitch School.

Following is a summery. Click on the headline to learn the stitch and read more.

16: Puncetto Valsesiano Stitch
Although this Italian stitch is mainly used for needle lace to decorate textile for the home or on folk costumes, I wanted to use it in embroidery.
It is simple and easy to learn, but attention must be paid on tension.

17: Q Stitch
An accidental stitch - many years ago I anchored a Lazy Daisy Stitch carelessly, and saw the letter Q staring back at me. Why not use it as a new stitch? I just had to introduce it on Sunday Stitch School.
It is simply a Detached Chain Stitch with the anchoring stitch askew.

18: Renaissance Stitch
Or should we call it Queen Stitch or Rococo Stitch or ....
This is an easy and enjoyable stitch which looks equally good as an individual stitch or when used for filling a larger area.

19: Satin Stitch Outline
Belonging to French Whitework, this stitch is great for making a solid thin line that stands up from the fabric.
Keeping the tension is the key, and I think the placement of the split in the Split Running Stitch is of importance, too, to avoid making such lumpy lines as you can see in the picture below.

20: Tete-de-boeuf Stitch
There are some questions about this stitch; how should it be worked and what should it be called.
One thing I know is that there is nothing 'beefy' about it. Instead it has a floral quality or could be used to illustrate cheering people or combined with another upside down stitch would maybe look like an ant...

Use SSS stitches 16 - 20 on a Sunbonnet Sue design. This time let Sue go to Sweden. 
Change the thread to something more suitable for the Puncetto Valsesiano and Satin Stitch Outline, it you feel more comfortable with another type.
Try to complete it by next Friday. If not, you can have an extra week as the two stitches above are time consuming.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 20: Tete-de-boeuf Stitch

Although it is May 5th and Kodomo No Hi (Children's day) in Japan, which is a national holiday, it IS Friday, and I will hand in my homework for Sunday Stitch School.

Tete-de-boeuf Stitch has turned out to be a very controversial stitch.

First of all, the name.  Boeuf is French for beef, not bull, so the translation ought to be Beef Head Stitch rather than Bull's Head Stitch. I have got comments wondering if the blog post was about cooking.

Secondly, all my embroidery books call this stitch Tete-de-boeuf and have the instructions I showed in last Sunday's lesson.
Online, however, I have found several references to this stitch worked in a different way, a way similar to, but not exactly,  Wheatear Stitch.

Have a look at this:
On the left, my instructions,
in the middle, the online instructions,
on the right, the real Wheatear.
The online version does resemble a bull's head with the two horns.
None of them look like a beef head, though, ; ).

For my homework I filled in this square with Tete-de-boeuf Stitch placed in various ways.

Finally I want to show how one of the stitches once was used to celebrate children in Japan - the carps in this set of carp-streamers are worked in Wheatear Stitch. I made this card for TAST 2012, when the stitch of the week was Wheatear.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

WIPW - The Paper Quilt

Work In Progress Wednesday asks if you would fancy a nap under a paper quilt?

Trinity Green

Here is the paper backed TG quilt, all stitched together.

and its front. It looks more turquoise than green in this light.
I will give the quilt a press,
and then start removing all the paper. Sigh!
Stephen Fry, come and read me Harry Potter's adventures while I take on this boring task.

With the tools of the trade (a pincette) it has gone smoothly, albeit slowly!

Here is an update on
Friday Homework: Satin Stitch Outline

 I tried various types of thread and they all behaved badly! Actually I think the Coton a Broder that I used first (the dark blue lines, and yellow hearts) are the best.

The other threads gave a lumpy look, too. I think the bumps are caused by the split in the running stitches.

This is a stitch I do not like. Lesson learned!

To make it into a greeting card I added other stitches, but the overall effect is still messy. This card will only greet the bottom of a box at the back of the cupboard.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 20: Tete-de-boeuf Stitch

Last week's Satin Stitch Outline had the French name Cordonette.
This week's stitch has a French name, too, Tete-de-boeuf, which in English is sometimes called Bull's Head Stitch. I'll stick to the usual French expression.
In Swedish it is called Öglestygn med extra stygn, a bit of a mouthful!
Annet tells me it is called Ossekopsteek in Dutch.

It is an easy stitch and consists of a Detached Chain Stitch and two straight stitches at an angle.

Work it like this:

Different books give different instructions as to where to insert, and how to angle the straight stitches, as well as how long to make them. I think you should have the freedom to choose yourself...



On my Aida sampler I used a variegated thread:

It isn't a Canvas stitch, but use it as a filling stitch nevertheless.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 19: Satin Stitch Outline

Satin Stitch Outline is a nice stitch to work, but I am a bit disappointed with the result. I find that the line stands stands out all right, high and tight like a cord, but it still looks lumpy. Is it the Coton a Broder that I have used? Would stranded cotton floss have been better? Or silk?

Instead of using it for some writing, I drew a plant with heart shaped leaves, and I will add other stitches to it so it can be turned into a greeting card.

I hope to have the completed card ready for show on Wednesday's WIPW report.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Work In Progress Wednesday is progress in reverse! Fortunately RIP does not mean Rest In Peace, I have not put a dagger in

Trinity Green

just a seam ripper.

RIP is the verb rip, and I have been ripping open seams to be able to re-sew them.
You see, I must have stretched the 'tagliatelle' a bit (as these strips of fabric have no paper backing) while the 'snakes' stayed firm. Some seams have stretched a bit more than others, and I didn't notice. (It HAS been a tough week and my attention has been elsewhere).

If any work is boring, it is ripping up seams that ought to have been perfect! So I have been working slowly and the flimsy is still not completed.

Greeting Card

Do you remember the dim photo I showed as a teaser the other week?

Well here is a clear picture of the wool embroidery.
Stitches used:
Fern, French Knot, Long Tail Chain, Seed, Stem, Straight, Twisted Chain, Twisted Satin, Woven Detached Chain, Up and Down Buttonhole

Wool is such a lovely thread to work with.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - EXTRA LESSON on a Tuesday

My apologies for adding an extra lesson! A fault in the instructions of how to make Satin Stitch Outline was found, thanks to an observant reader, and I have added the missing part in this revised lesson. It will be marked in red below.

Good morning and welcome back to Sunday Stitch School after a week's break.

The stitch for today's lesson was found in this book:
On page 127 we find a version of the Satin Stitch, Satin Stitch Outline. It is used in French white work and the French name is Cordonnet when it forms a thin line, and Point de Bourdon if the foundation stitches are stitched in thicker thread. It also resembles Trailing (where the width and thickness varies), but the way the Satin stitches are padded is different.

Now for the working of Satin Stitch Outline:

Make a line of Running stitches where you bite only a tiny bit of the fabric and most of the thread is on top.
Then work your way back in the same way, longer Running stitches on the top, tinier on the back.
You now have 'Split Running Stitch'.

Here comes the missing part.
Place a loose strand of thread on top and then

with the same thread, or one of a different weight, make tiny and tight Satin stitches over the basic stitches and the loose thread.

My apologies if anyone has already had a go at Satin Stitch Outline.

On my Aida sampler it is untidy!

This could be a good stitch for writing or scribbling something...
Play around with pink and blue, but keep the tension even, please! Untidy stitching, like on the Aida sampler above is NOT accepted!