Friday, 20 July 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 68: Scottish Cretan Stitch

Oh, what a lovely stitch!!!
It is easy to do, and looks good, especially on Aida or a counted weave,

maybe less so on the SSS Reference Chart, especially the brown ones, are they three dancing bugs???!!!

Nevertheless, I think this easy stitch can trick anyone into believing it is a complex one.

Doesn't it look impressive on the Linen Table Cloth?

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WIPW - Beaded Button

For the Work In Progress Wednesday I can report on

Crazy for Crazy

where I have picked out a purple button from my stash, and made a beaded Dorset Button.

These will be placed on the block later.

Furthermore I have added Whipped Running Stitch and Herringbone Stitch to two areas.

Progress is slow, I blame the heatwave.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 68: Scottish Cretan Stitch

Today we are visiting Scotland and working on the Scottish Cretan Stitch which I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
Updated: As usual Mattia has provided the French name which is: Point Crétois en Pavés

By stitching three Cretan Stitches and then wrapping them together you get a nice thick stitch. Use it individually or make a chain of stitches.

Here is how:
Make a single Cretan Stitch,

and two more.
When you have a group of three, insert the needle underneath the three bottom legs, not catching any of the fabric,

 then pass the needle through the three legs at the top.

 Make another set of three Cretan Stitches, and wrap them in the same way.

 Continue until you have as many sets as you like.

Sunday Stitch Reference Chart
Aida Sampler
Linen Table Cloth

Saturday, 14 July 2018

NHK Partnership Quilt 2019

NHK Partnership Quilt

I have completed the block for next year's NHK's Partnership Quilt project. It is the 15th time I contribute a block and of all those themes, this year's HOUSE theme I found the most uninspiring.

It is also hard to do on this small scale, 15cmx15cm. Up till a few years ago it was 20cmx20cm, which granted us far more room to play around.

Anyway I drew a square in my sketchbook, chewed the pencil for a while and then all of a sudden I had made this mushroom. I knew I had a small piece of red fabric with white polka dots, so I just needed to dig out some other small scraps. The Swedish flag on the washing line was made with crayons and a hot iron.

You can see the blocks I have sent in for the last 14 years here.

Should you wish to take part, the last day for a contribution is 31st July. Read more here.