Sunday, 24 March 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 92: Parma Stitch

This is a stitch I could call 'The Lost and Found Stitch'. I learned it, forgot both how it is worked and its name, then with the help of a friend, found it again. This time I'd better be safe than sorry and feature it here on Sunday Stitch School, right away.

Parma Stitch
is a made up of three parallel rows of Chain Stitch, that are then buttonholed together into a textured 'braid'.
You can see and read more about this Italian stitch here, at Italian Needlework. Also check out Stitches Stories.

Work it like this:
Stitch three parallel columns of Chain Stitch.

Next, turn the work to get three horisontal rows of Chain Stitch. 
Use Buttonhole Stitch to join the chains.

I have used a different colour to clarify how to stitch, but you can use the same colour (green).

I have also used only one stitch to make the instructions clear.
For the proper stitch, add more Buttonhole Stitches, (see the blue Buttonhole stitches below).

Continue to join the middle and lower Chain Stitches together, work from down to up.

Here I have joined the Chains with groups of three blue Buttonhole Stitches.

When worked in the same coloured thread, you get a nice textured braid.
Don't you think it looks like crochet?

Add Parma Stitch to these three samplers.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Friday Homework for Lesson 91: Double Fly Stitch

Staggering stitches is a good way to add variation. These two Fly stitches make a nice new stitch.

Aida Sampler
I varied the depth of the V and length of the leg for the base stitches.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

WIPW - BES, Beads and Sequins and A New Project

Wednesday means a report of Work In Progress Wednesday.

short for Brazilian Embroidery Study.
I have studied the booklet,
and got started on the practical preparations.

First I basted a thin sheet of woven interfacing to the back of the green silk to stabilize the silk and have somewhere to anchor the stitches.

Then I basted protective edges to the silk. This will make it easier to stretch the fabric in a hoop without damaging the silk.
I made a sketch for the design with white charcoal pen. The ink disappears when it is touched by a hot iron.

I then started on the stitching.
 Outline Stitch for one stem and Coral Stitch for the other. Nice and chunky.

Crazy for Crazy
I wrapped yellow shiny thread around a wooden bead and fixed it to the centre of the purple tatted flower.
I added sequins, glas beads and couched down a braid.

This is the working title for a cushion I am going to make in Swedish wool embroidery á la Karin Derland.

So far I have picked out some fabric.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 91: Double Fly Stitch

If you can stitch a Fly Stitch, you can stitch two, and then you have a Double Fly Stitch!
Easy as pie! The 'cookbook'? Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches!

 Make the first Fly Stitch wide and with a short leg.

For impact, change to a thread with a different colour or weight.
Make the second Fly Stitch narrower and with a long leg.

Add the Double Fly Stitch to the Aida Sampler, The Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart and the Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth.