Japan is famous for its 'manga', comics and cartoons.
Today, at international airports and other places where people of different languages and alphabets gather, we are shown where to go and what to do with illustrations or signs.
This is a stitch school so let's look at embroidered 'manga'. There are some very famous embroidered panels, e.g. the Quaker Tapestry at Kendal - it's a feast of stitches.
Today, though, our history lesson is about the Bayeux Tapestry. You can read about it here, and further reading can be found here.
In the French town of Bayeux, Chantal James runs a shop where you can buy kits of parts of the tapestry, or join workshops.
This link shows drawings of how the stitch is made.
The other day I was given an embroidered phone cover made by my friend Jacquie Harvey, BEM.
So, finally, here are my stitch instructions for the traditional Bayeux Stitch:
Fill in the design with surface Satin Stitch.
First do the outline as before
Fill in the design with shortish straight stitches, making sure you take just a tiny nibble of the fabric and follow the curve.
With a thicker yarn and neater, tighter stitches, you get better coverage, but there you are!
1) Fill in the remaining leaf, and if you wish, add a flower.
2) Embroider a more 'Bayeux-ish' design.3) Add the stitch to your Sunday Stitch Reference Chart
There is a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry in Reading (that is a town in the UK).
Check it out here.
Thanks, Elizabeth, for the information.