Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 13: Mountmellick Stitch

Welcome to Sunday Stitch School.
We have now reached 'M' in this alphabetically arranged list of embroidery stitches. Today's lesson features a stitch called Mountmellick Stitch. It is one of the main stitches of the Irish Mountmellick embroidery. It has an interesting history and no one can tell it better than Nordic Needle. Read it here.

The stitch is not all new to me, in my personal needlework history, I have used it a number of times. Once I found it in a library book and gave it a try. Beautiful result. Then I took part in a workshop of Mountmellick Embroidery at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham some years back. We started on a small panel and completed it at home.

This form of Whitework has no pulled stitches nor any cut areas or eyelets. It should be stitched on sturdy fabric with a strong thread, and be able to withstand harsh washing, even boiling.

I think the stitch is very pretty in itself and can be used for any kind of embroidery, stitched on any type of fabric and with any kind of thread.

Work it like this:

On my Aida sampler it looks like this:
Where you can see I have changed the spacing and length of the 'legs'.

You have free hands to do something with this piece of red cotton and variegated mint green #8Pearl.

Unlike the last stitch (Lace Stitch) the Mountmellick Stitch has no other name, to my knowledge. I even doubt it has a foreign name.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 12: Lace Stitch

Just in time to hand in my homework for Sunday Stitch School's stitch #12, Lace Stitch.
It was fun to do and once I got into a rhythm, progress went smoothly. This stitch kind of hypnotizes you and it is hard to stop, alas I was constantly interrupted and HAD to stop. Hence the lateness of my report.

After reading a bit on the internet I learned that the alternative name Bermuda Fagotting, is used when the stitches are used on clothing. It seems to have been common to use this stitch on nightwear and slips. Thinking about it I am sure I have seen it on some of granny's things.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WIPW - Nothing To Write (Home) About

Work In Progress Wednesday report for this week is nothing to write (home) about. Just an addition to

Trinity Green
216 triangels were added. The total count is 7.884, and I have 35 'snakes'.

Fabric in Focus
The person who gave me this piece of fabric wrote on a sticker that the remnant is from a garment she made in 1967.
It's quality fabric.

No need to comment.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

TAST - #141 Fancy Bobbin Edging

TAST, short for Take A Stitch Tuesday, is a great online course of embroidery stitches, run by Sharon B of Pintangle. I learned 140 stitches between 2012 and 2014.

When the course restarted again I mistakenly thought the same 140 stitches would be repeated in the same order, and I should wait for a new stitch to be added after #140. It was by pure chance I realized that some new stitches had been inserted and the order had changed slightly.

I want to learn the new stitches, but I also want to keep the old numbers in my TAST collection.

One of the stitches new to me is called Fancy Bobbin Edging. I will be calling Fancy Bobbin Edging, TAST #141.

It is an easy and fun stitch, and leaves a nice knobby edge at the bottom of the stitch. When time comes I will love to play with this new addition to my collection of TAST stitches. For the time being I have other things to work on...