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.