Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 5: Ermine Stitch

Hello and welcome to today's lesson at Sunday Stitch School.

Here is a stitch from the Cross Stitch family - the Ermine Stitch. Apparently it got its name because it resembles the tail of the ermine.

Swedish name: Hermelinstygn
French name: Point d'heroine
Do you know any other name in English or in your language? If so, please leave a comment below.

It is worked like this:

On Aida:

Use the Ermine Stitch in a creative way!
(I can already see it blossoming together with Lazy Daisy Stitches, turning into snowflakes or stars in the sky....)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday Homework for Lesson 4: Danish Knot Stitch

Homework for Sunday Stitch School.

I found that Danish Knot Stitch is easy to work, and fast. A thicker thread with a good twist, e.g. DMC Pearl 8, is easier to work and gives a better look, than stranded floss.

Here I used Danish Knot Stitch for a small Christmas ornament. Some stitches are worked in thin metallic thread. Hm, OK for an experiment, but the stitches with pearl thread show off better. The length of the 'legs' and the tension will determine the shape of the knot. You can get a knotty Fly Stitch or a fat triangle.

Do go and check out how Chitra has 'twisted and turned' the Danish Knot Stitch. She in a great inventor of stitch variations.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

WIPW - (Pepper)Mint

It is Wednesday and time for the weekly WIPW report.

Trinity Green
I had to spend a lot of time dealing with my computer and Blogger trouble, so I added only 189 new triangles to the paper strips.

Nevertheless I am nearing my goal as I now have 6.912 triangles in total. I will have to start laying them out on a flat surface to see if I have enough or need to add more.

Fabric in Focus
Here is a hint of (pepper)mint.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 4: Danish Knot Stitch

Welcome to Stitch School.
Today I have selected a knotted stitch with a controversial name. In some of my books it is called Danish Knot Stitch and in others its name is German Knot Stitch. Somewhere on the internet it was described as a detached form of  Palestrina Stitch.
The Swedish name is Tysk Knut.
(Updated info): The French name is Point de Noel Allemand.

I have referred to these three books:
The small book in the middle is Totsuka Embroidery Stitch Book 6, and has 71! variations on this stitch, so I guess I will have other lessons based on the Danish Knot Stitch!

I have no idea where the stitch originates from. If you know, and know what it is called in your language, please leave a comment.

It is worked like this:

 Come out under the straight stitch.
 Don't go through the fabric.

Anchor it near where the first stitch came out.

This is what it looks like on Aida.

To make a Christmas card including the danish Knot Stitch.