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...




Homework:
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.



16 comments:

  1. These stitches are all so fun! I may have to try out the satin stitch outline soon.

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    1. It is funny, now when I am working on the review work, the stitches are much neater. Have I learned my lesson?

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  2. Nice review. I look forward to seeing the homework.

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    1. The Satin Stitch Outline is much better than when tried it out during the lesson. maybe I had to 'sleep on it' and I got the hang of it!?

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  3. your stitch collection is coming along so well and Sunbonnet Sue will look good using these latest stitches

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    1. it is always an enjoyable challenge to try to use the stitches on Sue. I hope I can make them justice on this design.

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  4. It gives you a new way to think of the stitches when you are using them in a design and not just a sampler, doesn't it!

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    1. True, true. If you limit your design, like I do with Sunbonnet Sue, you HAVE TO find the best use of each stitch. You might also have to tweak the stitches in size or direction to suit the design.

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  5. It's nice to see all these stitches together. I think it's a good thing to take an extra week for your homework!

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    1. Making a summery is also a good reminder of the various stitches. It is so easy to learn a stitch and then forget it as soon as you move on to another one.

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  6. Sunbonnet Sue in Sweden, I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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    1. Well you can see parts of the skirt, drawn in pencil on the white fabric. Now how will it be decorated?

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  7. All the stitches look better when they are joined by friends.

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    1. I hope these friends will show comradeship and not compete for attention1

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  8. Some interesting stitches here.

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    1. The revision lessons and homework are always great fun; it is so easy to forget how good a stitch was if you don't use it now and then.

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