Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 43: Moss Stitch

Welcome to Kyoto where I saw this fallen leaf on a moss carpet in a temple garden.

The knot on the Moss Stitch is slightly complicated. If you don't like knotty stitches I'd recommend the Cross and Twist Stitch that can be found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, page 76. The knot is not as prominent, but still looks good.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

WIPW - Back to Work

Wednesday, and it means it is time for a progress report, (Work In Progress Wednesday).

Mola
Compare the pictures to see the progress
(No, I did not dye the fabric! The difference in colour is a trick of my camera!)


 I am still most uncomfortable with the work - I really don't know what I am doing! The red has added a touch of 'Mola style', I guess, but the rest does not look anything like the beautiful work of the Cuna Indians, or Ms Fumiko Nakayama - yet. I will just have to trudge along...

Mola - Snippets of Interest
The Cuna Indians use many kinds of motifs, not only tropical birds and animals or exotic plants, but religious symbols, rockets, sporting events, as well as illustrations from advertisements, for their Molas.
Many Cuna Indians are illiterate and the letters of the alphabet are simply seen as decorative symbols, so letters might be missing or turned upside down.
A Swedish match-box with a parrot and the text: 'Made by Jönköping-Vulcans T.F. AB Sweden' was the inspiration for a Mola, but the text became: 'ADEBYJOPINGS&VULCANSTFABSWEDEN'.
(Source: Broderiboken - Eva Köhlmark)

I found a similar reference to a Swedish matchbox parrot Mola here.





Tuesday, 14 November 2017

TAST 153: Rosette of Thorns Stitch

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.
Learn Rosette of Thorns 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 Rosette of Thorns Stitch,  which I will call TAST #153.




Innocent looking, but not the easiest of stitches.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 43: Moss Stitch

For today's botanical lesson  we will make an excursion to Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto.
It is often called Kokedera, which would be 'Moss Temple' in English.
Read more about Saiho-ji, the regulations for entering, and look at pictures of the green 'carpet' here.

Now for the stitch. I found Moss Stitch in A - Z of Embroidery Stitches 2. For those who have this book and can compare, you find that I have experimented with how to loop the thread, as you can see in my pictures below:

First make a cross stitch.



 Take the thread out above the cross.

Twist the thread around your finger to make a loop :


Place the loop around the cross.

Insert the needle under the cross, but don't bite any of the fabric.

Pull the loop tight till you have a knot, and insert the needle below the cross to anchor.

You have made one Moss Stitch.
 Make a zillion more and you have a moss carpet as lush as those of a Kyoto temple garden.

This is my 'Aida Moss Garden'!


Updated later:
As far as I know there is no Swedish name for this stitch.

Mattia, who always helps to find French names for the stitches, points to the French translation of Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, where there is a stitch called Point de Croix Bouclé. 
I had a look in my MTDoES in English. There is no stitch under the name Moss Stitch, but a similar looking stitch called Cross and Twist Stitch. 
However, the knot is made differently. 
Have a look:
The Cross and Twist Stitch is far easier to make! I wish I had seen it earlier! Thank you, Mattia, for pointing me in this direction!




Homework:
1) You need to make a new Reference Chart as the first is filled with Stitches 1 - 42
 

2) On a red background make a moss garden with linen thread.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 42: Rambling Rose Stitch

Late again, but not too late. Here is my homework for Sunday Stitch School and the Rambling Rose Stitch.

I started with a base of Thorn Stitch, then added the roses in various kinds of silk thread and ribbons.


The stitches have this 3D effect.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

WIPW - Mola Pouch

Work In Progress Wednesday today reports about a shelved Mola and a completed Mola.

This Mola bag

was shelved and no progress whatsoever was made.

However, this Mola pouch

 was designed, made up and completed into a small pouch during the week.
Had I had more time on my hands I would have slit more holes and displayed the more of the fabric lurking underneath the green top. As it was, I had to finish it quickly; it is a present for someone whose birthday is tomorrow.

 A close-up of the rough stitching! The result of hasty work!

MOLA - Snippets of Interest
Sometimes the reverse appliqué on original Mola is made through more than one layer of fabric - this tricks the eye to think a fabric is closer to the surface than it really is.
(Source: Stitch, Fabric & Thread by Elizabeth Healey)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

TAST 152: Sorbello Stitch

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 TAST here.

Learn Sorbello Stitch 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 Sorbello Stitch,  which I will call TAST #152.




Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 42: Rambling Rose Stitch

Welcome to Queenie's Rose Garden at Sunday Stitch School. It is time for another botanical stitch.

'Every rose has a thorn', would be a good saying for last week's Thorn Stitch. Today we are turning the saying around: 'Every thorn has a rose'. Let's cultivate some roses.

I found the Rambling Rose Stitch in

and also at Art and Needlework. Check out this link.

It is surprisingly easy, you only need three small straight stitches (or a Granitos) circled by Stem Stitch.





Work your way around the centre.


As the rose grows in size, take longer stitches and go underneath the rose.


Finish by anchoring the last stitch.



Optional you can add leaves, and of course some THORNS!


Aida is not the best fabric to make Rambling Roses on, but it can be done.


 On the Sunday Stitch School's Reference Chart.


Homework:
Silk on silk. Use flat silk and ribbons for ribbon embroidery and let the roses grown on this kimono silk.


Friday, 3 November 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 41: Thorn Stitch

I have just fooled around with this week's homework of Thorn stitch.

First I added a few odd Thorn Stitches to this piece where I had previously worked Whipped Running Stitch and X-Ray Stitch.


 Secondly I pulled out some pieces and strands from my box of Challenge Threads, and couched them down with simple Thorn Stitches.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

WIPW - Mola Holiday?

For some reason life has told me to work and not play this week. So there is not much progress to report on my Work this Wednesday. I worked, and Mola took a holiday.

Mola
The areas I have worked on are marked with a red arrow.



Mola - Snippets of Interest

Molas are made to be worn, (as you know they form the panel part of the blouse worn by Cuna Indian women of San Blas Islands in Central America) so there are not many 'antique' molas to be found. The oldest Molas were made 150 - 170 years ago.

Some Molas have embroidery to enhance the design, but the really valuable ones are made in reverse appliqué only, have more than five layers and near invisible stitches.
(Source: wikipedia)

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

TAST 151: Beaded Oyster Stitch

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.
Learn Beaded Oyster Stitch 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 Beaded Oyster Stitch,  which I will call TAST #151.




Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 41: Thorn Stitch

Here we are again in the Biology classroom at Sunday Stitch School.
Take out your Flora and look at the Thorn Stitch.

Latin name: Suo Spinam
Japanese name: ソーンステッチ
Swedish name: Taggsöm
French name: Couchure au point d'épine

You need two threads, one to lay on the surface and another to couch it down, like this:
(Of course you can also use a braid, ribbon, wire or anything you want to couch down.)

Then couch it down with a 'cross stitch':





On the Aida sampler I used the same thread, and instead of a good contrast I got a nice 'barbed wire'!



Your
Homework
will be to add some Thorn Stitch to this sampler, which already feature X-Ray Stitch and Whipped Running Stitch.