Tuesday, 26 September 2017

TAST 146: Whipped Chain Stitch version 2

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 it 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 Whipped Chain Stitch, Version 2, which I will call TAST #146.

By whipping the chain on both sides you get a nice 'knitted' pattern. Or one could take it for the Magic Chain Stitch.

On the reference chart:

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 37: Hungarian Stitch

Here at Sunday Stitch School, the geography lessons could go on forever, with all geographical names there are. Today we are moving Northwest from Rumania into Hungary with the Hungarian Stitch, which I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

It is used for Canvas Work and fills an area beautifully.

Now I wonder why it is called Hungarian Stitch. Most examples of embroidery from Hungary show very colourful, Satin Stitched floral designs.
Furthermore, today's stitch looks nothing like Hungarian Braid Stitch, a beautiful braid based on the Chain Stitch.
Instead it is similar to Hungary Stitch, which is also known as Bargello Stitch/Florentine Stitch (among other names). These stitches have an undulating flame-like pattern and can be seen on the borders of some Hungarian work. Is it from these borders the stitch has got its name?
Many questions the teacher can't answer today! Can the students?

Mattia tells me its French names are either point hongrois or point de Hongrie.

Anyway, let's get down to stitching.

Work Hungarian Stitch like this:

After 3 vertical Straight Stitches, jump one space and continue.

Make a similar row in a contrasting colour.

 Repeat row after row.

On my Aida sampler.

Fill a square on this 'fake' canvas.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 36: Rumanian Stitch

If only all homework involved such a lovely stitch as the Rumanian Stitch....

It was a delight to make this flower, and it was worked very quickly, too.

The stem is in Stem Stitch and the centre is filled with French Knots, the rest is all filled in with Rumanian Stitch.

In the picture below you can see why the stitch has the nickname 'Economical Stitch'; most of the thread is on the front.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Help! Please!


Please, I need your help to identify this stitch.
Have you seen it before?
Have you worked it?
Do you know its name?

As you can see it looks like the Stem Stitch, but it is worked like a staggered Back Stitch.

The difference is most obvious on the back.

A friend of mine showed me this stitch. It was taught to her in school in the South of England. Her needlework teacher was a skilled court dressmaker.

Is this a dressmaking stitch rather than one for embroidery? If you have any information, please let me know.