Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 19: Satin Stitch Outline

Good morning and welcome back to Sunday Stitch School after a week's break.

The stitch for today's lesson was found in this book:
On page 127 we find a version of the Satin Stitch, Satin Stitch Outline. It is used in French white work and the French name is Cordonnet when it forms a thin line, and Point de Bourdon if the foundation stitches are stitched in thicker thread. It also resembles Trailing (where the width and thickness varies), but the way the Satin stitches are padded is different.

Now for the working of Satin Stitch Outline:

Make a line of Running stitches where you bite only a tiny bit of the fabric and most of the thread is on top.
Then work your way back in the same way, longer Running stitches on the top, tinier on the back.
You now have 'Split Running Stitch'.

With the same thread, or one of a different weight, make tiny and tight Satin stitches over the basic stitches.

On my Aida sampler it is untidy!

This could be a good stitch for writing or scribbling something...
Play around with pink and blue, but keep the tension even, please! Untidy stitching, like on the Aida sampler above is NOT accepted!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Homework? No!

There was no lesson last Sunday at Sunday Stitch School, so today there is no homework to hand in.

I am looking forward to the day after tomorrow, when there will be a new stitch. WHAT will it be this time? Hm, it should start with the letter S, shouldn't it? From which book will the stitch come?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WIPW - Hangover?

It might be the hangover after Easter, or the sudden heatwave in Tokyo, or the backlog of work, but something has hampered the WIPW (Work In Progress Wednesday) this week.

Trinity Green
Only a few more sections have been added to the flimsy.

Greeting Card
In stead I spent a couple of hours making a greeting card, but can not reveal its design yet. So here is an out-of-focus teaser:

I hope to have much more to show next week.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 18: Renaissance Stitch

Oh, dear! This has turned out to be an interesting stitch! There are a number of similar stitches with these names: Renaissance Stitch, Rococo Stitch, Queen Stitch, French Stitch...

According to these sources
MT: Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
ESB: The Embroidery Stitch Bible
SGtF: Sew Guide to Fashion
A-Z2: A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2

Yellow: Renaissance Stitch (A-Z2)

Purple:  French Stitch (MT and ESB)

Orange: Rococo Stitch (ESB)
Orange: Rococo Stitch or Queen Stitch (A-Z2)
Orange: Queen Stitch or Renaissance Stitch (SGtF)
Orange: (when worked with six crosses) Rococo Stitch (SGtF)

Green: Rococo Stitch or Queen Stitch (MT)

The green stitch is a true Canvas stitch, and is worked in a totally different way from the others. As I had no single canvas to work it on, I tried on this Aida, (unsuccessfully?)

A-Z2 is the only book where the stitch has and odd number of 'crosses', namely three, and the spacing is so broad that the fabric can be seen between the threads.

It is all very confusing but I conclude that RENAISSANCE Stitch is the yellow one with odd number of crosses and a wide look.

On my Aida sampler it looks like this:

And here is my homework:

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WIPW - 4 x 9 1/2

Most of the effort of my Work In Progress this Wednesday has been on

Trinity Green

I have joined triangles and strips of green/purple/gold fabric into units of four.

There are 9 1/2 such units

The next step is to join them all into one huge flimsy.

Greeting Card

I had to make a greeting card, and wanting to test if the Bayeux stitch could be used with Coton a Broder, I made this design.

The anchoring stitches sink into the background much better when stitched in wool, though. Well, you always learn something!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 18: Renaissance Stitch

Welcome to Sunday Stitch School.
Do you remember Lesson 15's Open Chain Stitch? It is a stitch with MANY names.

When I searched for a stitch beginning with R I found Renaissance Stitch in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2. A nice stitch, it looks complicated but was easy to stitch.

While checking if it had any other names I found  in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches a Renaissance Stitch which is TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

This week we focus on the A-Z2 version.

Work it like this:

Of course you can make it shorter, wider and with longer anchoring stitches at the sides.

Fill a square with yellow Renaissance Stitches

and if there is time, do something creative!

No Swedish name has been found. In French it is known as Point de Rococo

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 17: Q Stitch

I think I should do all my writing in stitches! My handwriting is scrawny, but my stitches are a wee bit better!

My homework is a scribble of Qs:

and for fun I scribbled a sketch

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

WIPW - A Dish of Snake Pasta

It is Wednesday and here is my Work In Progress report.

Trinity Green

I began by joining the 'tagliatelle' with some gold.

With an old blade in the rotary cutter I trimmed the paper and fabric off the 'snakes' to leave a 7mm seam allowance.

The sewing machine was fed gold specked spinach tagliatelle and trimmed snakes.

on both sides, until I had five of these siamese reptiles.

There are 28 'snakes' left to go through the same procedure and the confetti party (removing the paper) has not started yet.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 17: Q Stitch

The needle lacing stitch of last Sunday was a bit of a challenge. So for this week the stitch is an easy one - the Q Stitch.

Never heard of it? I must confess I haven't either. If you have, and know its real name, please leave a comment below.

Until now I have presented the stitches in an alphabetical order and we have reached Q.
I have found two stitches beginning with this letter, the Queen Stitch, better known as Rococo Stitch and Quick Stitch, which is a woven stitch.
Instead of using either, this time I played with the idea of forming a stitch in the shape of the letter Q.

Well, a Detached Chain Stitch with loose tension and anchored with a tilted tail would make a capital Q, wouldn't it?

Work it like this:

 and you get a Q!

A row of Qs on Aida.

A lesson in penmanship!
Practice your Qs.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 16: Puncetto Valsesiano Stitch

Teacher:   It's Friday, so hand in your homework!
Student:   Yes, Miss.
Teacher:   Hm, what's this then?
Student:   Hm, I don't know. It's supposed to be Puncetto Valsesiano Stitch.
Teacher:   Hm. Remind me, what was the set homework?
Student:   Pay attention to the tension, the twist and leave enough room in each knot to insert the needle on the return journey.
Stitch something high and lacy, 
and in the style of free form, 
and on plain cloth.
Teacher:   Well, have you paid attention to the tension and the twist?
Student:    Well, Miss, I have tried to. I certainly rolled the needle and sometimes let the needle and thread dangle to untwist itself, just as I was taught in the lesson.
Teacher:    Did you leave enough room in each knot to insert the needle?
Student:    Well, Miss. I tried to, and I hope you don't mind me saying this, but I think your instruction was wrong.
Teacher:    My instruction was WRONG???!!!
Students:  Yes, I am sure you meant 'leave enough room BETWEEN the knots'
Teacher:    Oh! So that is how you explain the unevenness of these stitches?
Student:    It WAS difficult to see where to insert the needle. It might also be due to poor lighting and my poor eyesight.
Teacher:   Hm, so in your opinion this stitch needs a good source of light and a magnifying glass.
Student:    ... or a microscope.
Teacher:   What's that? Speak up!
Students:  Well, it WAS difficult to see.
Teacher:    OK. Now did you stitch something high and lacy?
Student:    I stitched some areas high, like this white 'object'. I did not stitch any lace, but I made some holes, and look on the right, this is almost a face.

Teacher:   Hm. Well, I can see that you have stitched on plain fabric and in the style of free form.
Student:   This stitch reminds me of stump work and I think it could be used for a knitted stumpwork sweater, a muffler, even a funky hairstyle or a disastrous perm....
Teacher:   Hm, I'd say you need much more practice before you have mastered needle lace making. However, these 'objects' would make an interesting piece of modern free form embroidery or indeed a stump work portrait, and as the stitch was to be used as a 3D embroidery stitch, I'll accept it.
Student:   So I don't have to do my homework again?
Teacher:  No, you don't need to, but should you find the time, I'd be happy to see you use this stitch again in a creative way.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WIPW - Tagliatelle con Spinaci

Work In Progress Wednesday for this week is about cooking!

For the
Trinity Green
quilt I have been making Tagliatelle con Spinach, or spinach tagliatelle pasta.
'Rolling out' the dough with a hot iron, and cutting the 'fresh' pasta with a 'pizza' rotary cutter.

No, that is a joke! I have been pressing green cotton fabric, and with rotary cutter and ruler cut long strips. What you can not see in the picture, because I have no photo of it yet, are the small pieces of gold fabric I have been added to the joints of this long 'ribbon'.

Next step is to stitch this to the 'snakes' with green triangles.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 16: Puncetto Valsesiano Stitch

Welcome to another lesson at Sunday Stitch School. What's on offer today? Well, I thought it was time to play with a needle lacing stitch.

Only a needle and some thread is needed to make the decorative Puncetto Valsesiano needle lace from the Valsesia region in Northern Italy. Most commonly it is worked in white, but the Mastallone Valley folk costumes are often decorated with coloured PV needle lace.

Interested to know more? Read this article by Google Arts & Culture.

Instead of making a lace doily, snow flake square or parts of a folk costume, I want to use the Puncetto Valsesiano Stitch as a 3D embroidery stitch.

Work it like this:
 First fold the fabric you are working on and stitch right on the fold.

First work from left to right.

To make an open space skip a few stitches while leaving a loop of thread.

When it is time to work the second row don't turn the work over, instead stitch from right to left. Go between the knots, not catching any of the fabric this time.

Work new knots on the loops on the return journey.

Work the third row left to right by inserting the needle between the knots.

A note on the twist of the thread. In the examples above I have used perle 8 which has an S twist. (Read more about S and Z twists at Needle 'n Thread.)

When you stitch from left to right with an S-twisted thread, the thread twists itself a bit tighter. When you stitch from right to left (on the return journey) the thread untwists itself. 
In both cases, you need to either let the needle and thread dangle for a short time to regain the right twist, 

you need to learn to roll the needle between your thumb and index finger in a clockwise and anti clockwise direction.
Anti clockwise for left to right stitches.

Clockwise on the return journey.

It IS confusing! With practice you can control the twist 'automatically'.

Pay attention to the tension, the twist and leave enough room in each knot to insert the needle on the return journey.
Stitch something high and lacy, 
and in the style of free form, 
and on plain cloth.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 11 - 15

The set homework for revision of the Sunday Stitch School's stitches 11-15 was to use them on a Sunbonnet Sue design.

Once upon a time Sue was a baby girl and it was the hood of her pram that was the Bonnet that kept her face out of the Sun.

11 - Knotted Satin Stitch was used for the quilt and the ties on the kite string.
12 - Lace Stitches make up the hood of the pram.
13 - Mountmellick Stitch was used for a lace edge along the hood and the top of the carriage, as well as the frill on Sue's sleeves.
14 - Norwich Stitch in variegated floss was used for the kite.
15 - Open Chain Stitch in pink for the carriage, and bundled in the blue tyres.

For the kite string and sleeves I used Stem Stitch.
Straight Stitch was used for the hands, the outline of the quilt blocks and the spokes of the tyres.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

TAST Interview

Sharon B of Pintangle is running a series of interviews with TAST followers. This is a fantastic way to read more about how fellow followers take to 'needle 'n thread', what makes them 'tick' and learn from their wisdom.

I would like to thank Sharon for helping us to learn from each other and share our joy of needlework.

Today my interview was posted. Read it here.

Previous interviews:
Annet of FatQuarter.
Renee of Hand Stitched Treasures
Angela of Princess Bubbles Creates
Maureen of CrazyQstitcher

The cherries are beginning to open their buds and I have hung up my seasonal crazy quilt.