Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A TAST-free week

Sharon let us cast a vote on having a 'catch up week' and the result is that Week 23 is a TAST-free week. Those who still want to do something along the TAST project are invited to make some 'eye candy' out of a number of the stitches we have learnt so far.

I am thinking about it, but thought I should used the free time to catch up on my UFO quilt. It has been in the making for a long time and I have reached the quilting stage.

In the centre there are some appliquéd flowers. Around the flowers I have worked echo quilting.
The edges of the flower petals are covered with bias tape that I have embellished with embroidery stitches.
Among the embroidery stitches you can see: Fly stitch, Herringbone stitch, Running stitch, Detached Chain stitch, Couching stitch and a variation of the Magic Chain stitch. It is along the inner edge of the bias tape, worked in blue and green thread. Actually it is worked like a back stitch or Split stitch. Does anyone know what it is called in English?

8 comments:

  1. that's neat! i have never seen the 'magic chain-back stitch' before.
    irmelin

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  2. Hi,I have tried looking in a book printed in 1948 but no luck,sorry. i hope someone come up with the answer.
    Tricia

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  3. Hi, Tricia
    Thank you for looking.
    I learnt the stitch from a Japanese stitch directory, 'Totsuka Embroidery Stitch Book 3' which I bought when Hilary was here in January. The stitch is one of the the many variations of chain in the book, but there is no name, not even in Japanese.

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  4. It is a true "magic stitch". I could only find the alternating chain stitch. Then one stitch is blue and the next green. But it is not what you did.

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  5. Lovely stitches.
    I remember the pink and white fabric it was from the V & A London .

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  6. That's right! I bought four of the prints that were made especially for the Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition at V&A, two years ago.

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  7. I am totally intrigued by the magic stitch. I can't fathom how it is executed.
    I have never seen bias used as an edging like this either.
    Both ideas are terrific.

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    1. Did you look at the tutorial I posted on Two Coloured Chain? It's a fun stitch.

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