Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 65: Rosette Stitch Rose

I found today's stitch in the excellent book 'A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2'.
This stitch will make a nice flower, or part of a flower.

Make it this way:

 Wind the thread anticlockwise around the needle.

When you have the desired number of wraps,

fix the top wraps with a pin,

pull the needle through and anchor the lower wraps,

remove the pin and anchor the top wraps.


Aida Sampler,
SSS Reference Chart
Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Friday Homework for Lesson 64: Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain

It's been one of those weeks when nothing is 'normal'. Now it's SUNDAY, and I am rushing to hand in my FRIDAY homework for Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch.

It is a fiddly stitch, but gets easier for each one you make. Also I have found that perle cotton is the best choice of thread for this stitch.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

 Aida Sampler

 Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

WIPW - Echo

It is time to show and tell, Work In Progress Wednesday is here.

Crazy for Crazy

I have worked in several areas. Some are the additions echo features seen in other areas on the block.

I completed the spirals of gimp and encircled the Dorset button with the end of the gimp.

On the ribbon I added black sequins with French Knots, and stitched a line of Looped Cretan Stitch.

I made half a Buttonhole Wheel, Stem stitched the circle, added Bullion Knots and Straight Stitch anchoring stitches.

A metal button rests on top of some ruched ribbon and a line of Corded Coral Stitch cover the edge of the two pieces of fabric.

Next step will be beading.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 64: Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch

For today's lesson at Sunday Stitch School we'll be focusing on a stitch in Madam Totsuka's embroidery book #12, which is on Loop Stitch and its variations.

Sadako Totsuka of Totsuka Stitch Institute has published many books on embroidery. Although all of them are written in Japanese, they are clearly illustrated. You don't need to read any instructions, looking is enough.

Now for the stitch. There is no name in the book, but the stitch resembles a loopy tassel so let's call it Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch.

It is made up of a Detached Chain Stitch, three loops and two Straight Stitches.

Begin by stretching the fabric in a hoop.
Make a Detached Chain Stitch (Lazy Daisy Stitch).

Anchor the stitch with a tiny stitch, 

then make a loose loop, over and under the bottom of the Chain Stitch.

Repeat and make a second loop,

and a third.
Then make a tight Straight Stitch,

across the loops at the bottom of the Chain Stitch.

Repeat with one more Straight Stitch,
and you have a tassel.

Each Chain has three loops.

The loops can of course be cut open, but in Madam Totsuka's book the loops are not cut.

Beware that this stitch is a fiddly stitch, and almost impossible to undo, so pay attention while working!

SSS Reference Chart
Aida Sampler
Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth