Wednesday, 16 August 2017

WIPW 17/37

The progress on

Trinity Green 

I have made is quilting five strips.
I now have 17 out of 37, so there are 20 more to go. Sigh!

No need to comment.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 32: Chinese Cross Stitch

Today we are having a Geography lesson. We are visiting China to learn the Chinese Cross Stitch.

Unfortunately I have not found any information regarding its name, nor its origin, and the only book I have found it in is in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

I wonder why, as it is an easy, fun and most attractive stitch with its pleasant geometric pattern. Any information you might have, I'd be happy to hear about.

Work it like this:

Now you have one individual stitch.

To make a nice row, come out in the lower leg of the right cross,

 and start all over again.
Then start over from the upper leg.

 It is quick work, and you will soon have a nice geometric pattern,

or make individual stitches in alternating lines.

It would be fun and easy to change the length and height of the 'arms' and 'legs', and create free form patterns.

Also the little squares created at the intersections could be filled with French Knots, Cross Stitch or beads.

On the Aida sampler I made individual stitches:

1) Add a row of Chinese Cross Stitches:

2) Play with free form:

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 31: Braid Stitch

Oh, if all homework were as easy and fun as working with the Braid Stitch!
What a delightful stitch!
I made a couple of monograms for greeting cards.
This was completed in 15 minutes!

The polyester thread had a nice sheen, but was a bit slippery. In spite of that the stitches sit nicely.

Here I used Coton a Broder, which has a better grip, but does not look as even and smooth as the blue polyester thread.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

WIPW - 12/37

It is HOT in Tokyo and progress can only be made at night.

Trinity Green
I have now managed to snail stitch (no pun intended) 12 out of 37 strips of the green sashing on this quilt.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 31: Braid Stitch

Are you ready for another stitch at Sunday Stitch School?

I thought it was time for a challenge stitch, one of those I have tried and failed many times, and stubborn as I am, just felt I needed to master. It is the Braid Stitch, and also goes by the names of Cable Plait Stitch, Gordian Knot Stitch, and in Swedish, Bandstygn. French names: Point de Galon or Point de Nœud Gordien.

In most illustrated embroidery books there is drawing of the Braid Stitch,
like this:

Although very clear I have never managed to control the twist of the thread.

Then I checked Mary Corbet's Braid Stitch video tutorial over at Needle 'n Thread.
It looked so easy, I just had to try it her way.

It was easy, and after a couple of stitches, truly addictive, and fast, to boot!

This is how it is worked:

Draw two parallel lines.
Tighten the fabric in a hoop.
Work with both hands.

 Come out on the left and hold the thread tight.
 Wrap the thread over
 and under the needle.
 While keeping the thread tight, insert needle on the right line,
 and come out on the left one.
 Pull the thread to the left and under the tip of the needle.
 Tighten the thread again.
 Pull the needle through
 carefully so you don't loose the shape.
 You have your first stitch.
Repeat from 1) in the same way
until you have a line.

Once you got the rhythm, you can't stop!

This is what it looks on my Aida sampler.

All books say the Braid Stitch works well on curves, it performs best with a thread that has a good twist,
and my opinion is that it looks neatest if rather crammed together and not too long.

Do some penmanship! 'Write' a letter on this letter printed fabric.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 26-30

May I present my revision homework for the last five Sunday school Stitches.

I used the stitches to make this Sunbonnet Sue. She is a 'Twiggy' adult version, and no wonder on a diet of carrot juice and celery.
She must be somewhere hot as she is standing in a bucket of ice water.

Please note, her belly button is made of a Colonial Knot, the rest consist of:

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

WIPW - Is Shopping Progress?

Work In Progress Wednesday took me on a shopping trip.

Trinity Green
was in need of more thread so before I could make any quilting progress I had to buy some reels of

green Dual Duty.

World Embroidery Day
I completed the stump work carrot and two pods of peas.

Then I stitched the embroidery to a card and inserted in a frame, gift wrapped it, wrapped it in brown paper, took it to the postoffice and sent it flying across the Globe.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 26 - 30

Since the start, in November last year, we have put 30 stitches under our belt here at Sunday Stitch School.
Let's review the last five ones.

Click on the headline to learn each stitch and read more about it.

26 Zig-zag Stitch
This is an easy stitch with interesting results.
Do check out the beautiful patterns that Annet has made.

27 Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch
This is also an easy stitch and can be varied in many ways. Have a look at what Chitra made.

 28 Half Bullioned Chain Stitch
Bullion knots are not very liked, I have noticed. I must confess I am not a great fan of them either, but I think that when successfully made, they are very attractive. This version is fun.

29 Madam Totsuka's Loop Stitch
This turned out to be a new stitch to all except one reader. I found it easy to make and difficult to curb. That means it is perfect for wild life embroidery, flowers, plants, hair and fur!

30 Holbein Stitch
Although this is a very basic and simple stitch, it can be hard to make really even. As Rachel, who makes beautiful work, pointed out, it is these simple stitches that need to be practiced, as mistakes show up easily.

Now for some revision homework:
Make a seasonal Sunbonnet Sue and use mainly the five stitches above.

World Embroidery Day 2017

Today is an important day for promoting and taking part in embroidery.
I worked at home, on my own and for only a few hours, unfortunately.

I started on a stump work carrot. It will be made into a greeting card for someone who has a kitchen garden.

As it is not completed I will make tomorrow my own private World Embroidery Day.

I hope you have enjoyed the day.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 30: Holbein Stitch

Teacher:   Good evening. Time to show your homework.

Student:   OK, here it is.

This is on the Aida sampler,

and this is a square I filled in on the 'floppy canvas'.

Teacher: Hmm, you haven't been very adventurous, have you?
Student:  No, I'm sorry.
Teacher:  Well, next Sunday we will have a revision lesson.
                       You have a new chance to show what you can do.
Student:  OK, Miss.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Don't miss it! WED 30th July

It is time to promote embroidery!

World Embroidery Day is celebrated on July 30th every year, and 2017 is no exception.

Read here about how it all started in Sweden and how it has swept the Globe.

Do find time to take a stitch on Sunday.
Get together with friends or sit alone.
Stitch in school, at home, in the park, in a café, up a tree, on a mountain top, in the cabin of a yacht, in bed, on the train, in the studio or in the hammock.... Wherever you are I hope you will have the chance to enjoy needle and thread.

Make progress on a Work In Progress project or try your hand at something new. Blackwork, Hardanger, Kogin, Brazilian Embroidery, Stumpwork, Cross Stitch, Kutch work, Crewel, Hedebo, Canvas, Needlepainting, Kantha..... Whatever form you choose I hope you will enjoy needle and thread.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WIPW - Torchietti?

Work In Progress Wednesday -

well it has been slow. It is simply too hot and far too humid in Tokyo to quilt.

I think the wadding has gained weight because of the damp and the quilt itself is more awkward than before to handle.

Nevertheless, progress on

Trinity Green

stands like this:

Everyone of the 38 'snakes' have been quilted in the ditch.

Three of the 'spinach tagliatelle' now have a snail pattern. Am I cooking Torchietti?
Instead of free motion quilting, which turned out to be too hard on this large and heavy quilt, I settled for the walking foot and one of the 'fancy' stitches in the sewing machine's program.

As you can see, the 'cooking' does not always go well, some of the swirls are too tight or too stretched out. The walking foot has trouble going backwards.

I will try to find a better and flatter place to let the quilt rest on. Hopefully that will easy the weight. Bundling everything up in my lap and packing it up behind the machine is making it hard to control...

This will just have to be slooow progress!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 30: Holbein Stitch

Welcome to another day in the library at Sunday Stitch School.

We need a linear stitch and after looking trough this pile
the Holbein Stitch was picked. It features in every one of the books. It is an important stitch for Assisi embroidery and Blackwork.

Other English names are Double Running Stitch (tells you how it is worked!), Line Stitch, Two-sided Line Stitch, Two-sided Stroke Stitch, Square Stitch, Romanian Stitch and Chiara Stitch.
In Swedish it is called Holbeinsöm. In French there are two names: Point de Holbein or Double Point Avant.

Work it like this:
 Make a line of even Running stitches

 Work the empty spaces on the return journey. If two different colours are used, you get a more striking effekt and it won't be confused with Back Stitch.

It looks good when it is used to make pattern like this.

Here is some more interesting reading and great pictures..

1) Make a row on the Aida sampler

2) Fill in a square on this 'canvas'.