Sunday, 20 January 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 86: Anklet Stitch

Let's learn an Indian stitch today.
I first came across it in this beautiful book by Karin Derland.
'Brodera Fritt på Ylle' is about Swedish Free form embroidery on wool.
One of the stitches included is called Anklet Stitch. Why would you introduce an Indian stitch in a Swedish book? Because it is such an attractive stitch, of course!

I had never seen Anklet Stitch before, but after some research I found it is used in Indian embroidery for borders or around shisha mirrors.

You can read more about it here at Summers of India. Ms Sharma has made some interesting stitch variations and her instructions are very clear. Don't miss it!

Anyway these are my step-by-step photographs:

Make a Fly Stitch

but insert the end of the tail

not straight below the V, but to the right

Make a new Fly Stitch, staggered

and insert its tail to the left, in the same hole as the  previous tail.

You now have a V below a W.

 With longer tails the stitch looks different.
Repeat it many times and you have a nice border.
Use it individually for a Crazy Quilt block and add French Knot flowers in the cups.

Include the Anklet Stitch on these three pieces:

Friday, 18 January 2019

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 81 - 85

Better late than never!
At last here is the revision homework for Sunday Stitch School's stitches no 81 to 85.

I decided to use a traditional Sunbonnet Sue design this time.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WIPW - Cathedral Bosses

Work In Progress Wednesday today shows a new feature of church architecture.

In a high vaulted cathedral ceiling the spot where the arches joins, there is often an ornamental 'button' - a boss.

On my bag made out of

Cathedral Windows
the joints are covered with 'bosses' to hide the frayed and raw edges that peeked out of the joints.
I used small plastic cupped discs, covered them with blue batik and then couched some black thread around them.
Now the joints are secure.

Furthermore I have joined the back of the bag to the front + side sections,  and started adding turquoise 'glass' inserts.
I have added two, twelve to go.

Crazy for Crazy
Not much has happened here but, I added beads to the Stem stitched stems and a row of floral shaped sequins.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 81 - 85

We have completed another set of five stitches and it is time for a revision.
Click on the headlines to read about and learn each stitch.

81 Reversed Fly Stitch
Easy. Two Fly Stitches are stitched together, either entwined or just touching.

82 Bokhara Couching
A filling stitch that can be neat and even, or free form, depending on the fabric you stitch on.

83 Mennonite Tack Stitch
A quilting stitch used for frugal, quick and utilitarian quilting.

84 Star Darn Stitch
Much easier than it looks. Perfect for Christmas ornaments.

85 Wrapped Cross Stitch
NOT a favorite stitch of mine, but quite plump and outstanding.

Use these five stitches to make a Sunbonnet Sue Sampler picture.
This time I are sticking to the traditional style with a young and chubby Sue.