Sunday, 11 November 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 80: Corded Bar

Welcome to stitch number 80 at Sunday Stitch School. Today we turn to Mary Thomas and her trusty Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches where I found Corded Bar.

There are two kinds, one used for Cut Work and Drawn Work. Then the stitch is usually known as Overcast Bar or Twisted Bar.
Mattia gave me the French names: Bride Surjetée or Bride Double
la semaine dernière c'était le "point de couronne".

We, however, are going to use it free form as an isolated stitch on Aida, linen, plain weave, felt, velvet or any other fabric of your choice.

First you make a bar of Straight Stitch (Satin Stitch) in a set of six, close together.

Then you whip the six strands together without biting the fabric.

Easy, wouldn't you say?
In free form you can of course make the stitches longer or shorter, thicker or thinner. Just change the number of stitches in the foundation bar, it doesn't have to be six.

Aida Sampler
SSS Reference Chart
Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth

Friday, 9 November 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 79: Crown Stitch

This homework was so easy and fun I completed it already on Sunday!!!
The hardest task was to find time to write up and publish this post, but here it is:

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth
Please note the crowned worm!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

WIPW - Reference Charts Updated

I have made a lot of progress this week, but not all is craft-related.

The sewing machine has been hard at it, making small covers for medical equipment, a boring conveyor-belt type of job.

Anyway,  while the sewing machine was set up I decided to update the

TAST and Sunday Stitch School Reference Charts
with text.
I had worked all the stitches, but not put on labels.
With a word-processing software I typed the numbers and names, then printed that information onto iron-on fabric, and pressed fusable web onto the back.
I cut the labels up and ironed them into each cell on the chart.
From experience I know that the glue of the fusable web does not withstand constant use of the chart, so I stitched the numbers and names down with nylon thread.

Both the TAST and Sunday Stitch School Reference Charts are now updated.

Crazy for Crazy
I have started on the beading but only added a handful so far.

Cathedral Windows
I counted the 'panes' on the leaded grid I completed last week, and found I needed 31 pieces of 'glass'.

I cut out squares of batik and arranged them on the grid.

 Each square is pinned down and the black 'lead' edges are turned over.
This naturally forms the arch that makes the Cathedral Windows pattern so beautiful.

So far I have stitched down 12 out of the 31 pieces of glass.
I hope to have all done by next WIPW so that I can start exploring the second method of making cathedral Windows.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 79: Crown Stitch

Another wedding?
The headgear of a bride, or of a Regent?

Well, here at Sunday Stitch School we are focusing on a stitch called Crown Stitch. I found it in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
The French name is: point de couronne

It is easy!

Make three stitches from the same hole,  the middle one longer than the two on the flank. The result is an arrow pointing upwards.

A bit above, and to the left of this arrow, take the needle out.
Pass underneath the three stitches without picking up any of the fabric.

 Above, and to the right, insert the needle. Tighten the thread.

 Here is your crown. Easy peasy!

Of course, you can enrich the crown with any amount of beads, pearls or ornamental stitches.

The worms want a Crown!