Friday, 15 December 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 46: Corded Coral Stitch

Coral Stitch is easy, and so is this corded version.

With the Corded Coral Stitch you can really play around with unusual or difficult threads, braids or yarn as the base thread.
On a narrow braid or thin thread the Coral couching is not so obvious, but on a wide ribbon, like the yellow one in the picture, there is a funny 'trussed-up-ham' look.

On my Aida sampler I got very even stitches but they could be mistaken for Buttonhole Couching.

 Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

WIPW - Mushroom

For Work In Progress Wednesday on my

I added a mushroom in the blank area (bottom left). There is more work to do in that corner as the mushroom is not very colourful.

Mola - Snippets of Interest
For some Mola eye candy, have a look at Fumiko Nakayama's blog.
Anyone visiting the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018 in Tokyo Dome, 25th -31st January, can see Ms Nakayama's entire collection in a special exhibition.
Read more about the rest of the show here.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Sunday Stitch School: Lesson 46 - Corded Coral Stitch

Although we are approaching Winter vacations, Christmas and New Year, here at Sunday Stitch School we will continue studying and add a few more stitches before the end of the year.

Stitch #46 is the corded version of a TAST stitch,   Coral Stitch
and it is, of course, called: Corded Coral Stitch. 'Korallstygn med läggsöm' ought to be an appropriate  name in Swedish.

Work it like this:
 Place a thread, or in this case a braid, on the fabric. Keep the tension tight.
Let the working thread come up, on or at least near, the base thread.

 Take a bite of the fabric, place the working thread on top and then under the needle.

Pull through and you have your first little knot.
Go on in the same way.

This is what it looks like when the corded thread is the same type as the working thread.

Work the Aida sampler.
Try out the stitch with various threads.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 41 - 45

We have learned 45 stitches so far here at Sunday Stitch School. Today's homework shows the last five stitches in a Sunbonnet Sue sampler.

Like many little girls Sue dreamed of becoming a ballerina. For many years she practiced hard at the barré, did her pliés, forced her feet into toe shoes, stood en pointe, pirouetted and leapt across the stage in a grand jeté.
(Check out the lingo here).

At 15, Sue the prima ballerina, retired, behind an armful of flowers. Time to move on to other interests!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

WIPW - A Bit More Colour

Work In Progress Wednesday.

I have made a few more slits (lower left) and filled them with various coloured pieces of fabric, needle turned, and am now wondering what to do with the empty space to the left.

Mola - Snippets of Interest
The Cuna Indians inhabit 49 of the approximately 365 small islands in the San Blas Archipelago, Panama. The islands are off the hurricane path, but are at risk from sea level rise, and might be uninhabitable in the late 21st century.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 41 - 45

Sunday Stitch School has been running for more than a year now. 45 stitches have been learned so far.

Once again it is time for another revision lesson to sum up the last five stitches, which have all been related to plants.

Click on the headline to see instructions and homework.

41 Thorn Stitch
Easy and quick, it adds a lot of 'spike' to a line.

42 Rambling Rose Stitch
It is just as lovely as a real rambling rose. This stitch, too, is quick and easy.

43 Moss Stitch
The moss stitch is named well, some species of moss really look like this!
Making the knotty part is a bit fiddly, but it is worth it as the knot stands out so well in the middle.
Work it in black and you have an insect instead.

44 Mille Fleur
Lazy Daisy, Lazy Diasy, Lazy Daisy.... give me your needle do, (and some thread, too) I'm half crazy all for the love of you....
It IS a lovely stitch, it WON'T drive you crazy, not even half crazy. Instead when used in a circle you have a nice flower.
What's more, you don't need to stitch while on a bicycle built for two!

45 Leaf Stitch
If you make a flower, you will most likely need a leaf, too. Here is a nice one.

Use the five stitches above to full advantage on this Sunbonnet Sue sampler, already drawn and coloured with crayon.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 45: Leaf Stitch

This week I completed my homework quickly.

Here are the three parts:
1) Aida sampler

2) Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

3) Fallen leaves on wet asphalt

It is easy to get inspiration when parts of Tokyo have this look:

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WIPW - Spot the Difference

10 points if you can spot the difference! Not much progress for Work In Progress Wednesday.

Last Wednesday

Today, Wednesday

No need to comment!

Mola - Snippets of Interest
Another name for mola (the blouse worn by Cuna Indian women) is dulemor.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

TAST 155: Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday which is an online course of stitches on Sharon Boggon's Pintangle. Join in and learn. If you want to do it from scratch, there will be a rerun starting next year.
Read more about TAST here.
Learn how to stitch the Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch here.

As I have explained before, I want all the TAST stitches in one (private) collection and will give them the chronological number in the order I learn them. 
So now it is time for Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch,  which I will call TAST #155.

(The green seam on the left is upside down. )

On the TAST Reference Chart.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunday Stitch School: Lesson 45 - Leaf Stitch

We have stepped on soft Moss, pricked ourselves on Thorns, breathed in the fragrance of Thousand Flowers and Rambling Roses. What else can we do in the garden? Kick Leaves, of course!

Today's stitch at Sunday Stitch School is Leaf Stitch.
Although I have seen several instructions in books, the best one is over at Kimberly Quimet. Her photos are far better than mine, but I will add these anyway.

Mattia tells me the French name is, Point de Fueilla.

The Leaf Stitch is basically a cross worked in the order of 1-2-3-4, as shown below.

 The next cross is started inside the first one.

After that you just go on.

This week you have a lot of
 1) add a row of leaves to the Aida sampler.

2) a sprinkling of leaves on the Sunday Stitch School sampler, if you please,

and finally
3) brighten up this wet asphalt with some fallen leaves

Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 44: Mille Fleur Stitch

Here is my homework for stitch #44, Mille Fleur.

I wanted it to look like the background of flowers on a tapestry.
Later I will add something in the centre, either a bead or some French Knots.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WIPW - Taking Shape?

Work In Progress Wednesday from a chilly Tokyo.

Progress on my


is getting visible as the Mola style begins to take shape.
Red has a lot to do with it, I think!

Mola - Snippets of Interest

Typical Mola colours such as burgundy, orange or black are referring to the vegetable colours used for the body painting of the past.
(Source PANAMA MOLA: Renate & Marian Wetter)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

TAST 154: Feather and Chain Stitch

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday which is an online course of stitches on Sharon Boggon's Pintangle. Join in and learn. If you want to do it from scratch, there will be a rerun starting next year.
Read more about TAST here.
Learn Feather and Chain Stitch here.

As I have explained before, I want all the TAST stitches in one (private) collection and will give them the chronological number in the order I learn them. 
So now it is time for Feather and Chain  Stitch,  which I will call TAST #154.

 Turn the work and look at it from this angle and you get rough waves on a stormy ocean. Or is it Nessy sticking her head out of Lock Ness? Or is it just a pretty design?

On the TAST Reference Chart

This is an easy and great stitch!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 44: Mille Fleur Stitch

It is time for another lesson of embroidery stitches here at Sunday Stitch School.

Today's stitch is an unusual one. The name, Mille Fleur Stitch, leads us to think it is a French stitch. However, I found it in Eva Köhlmark's Broderiboken, which is written in Swedish. I have not seen this stitch before, nor found its name anywhere else, in any book or on the internet.

I wonder where it got its name from. Obviously it has nothing to do with Millefleurs, the expression used for the background style of flowers seen on Flemish and French tapestries, e.g. The Lade and the Unicorn.

William Morris also used Mille Fleur; a sprinkling of flowers in the background of his designs.

Furthermore, Mille Fleur is the name of some carpets from Cashmere with floral designs.

You can read about the topics above, in this link: millefleur

Now, Eva Köhlmark's Mille Fleur Stitch is simply a tripple Lazy Daisy Stitch. When two LD stitches are work over each other you get the Berry Stitch (TAST 47),  in Mille Fleur you add one more detached Chain Stitch.

Anyone who has knowledge of this stitch, please leave a message in the Comment Box.

Annet gave me this YouTube link where you can see how great the stitch looks when worked in variegated thread. In the video the stitch is called Triple Detached Chain Stitch.

Work it like this:

Make one Chain Stitch.

Anchor it.

 Make a new stitch outside the small Chain Stitch, and anchor it in the same way.

 Repeat with a third stitch.

It is easy to work, but hard to get even. Look at the unevenness on my Aida sampler.

As you can see, different colored threads can be mixed.

On my (new) SSS Reference Chart.

Make something with the red fabric and goodies from the 'sweet box'.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 43: Moss Stitch

Welcome to Kyoto where I saw this fallen leaf on a moss carpet in a temple garden.

The knot on the Moss Stitch is slightly complicated. If you don't like knotty stitches I'd recommend the Cross and Twist Stitch that can be found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, page 76. The knot is not as prominent, but still looks good.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

WIPW - Back to Work

Wednesday, and it means it is time for a progress report, (Work In Progress Wednesday).

Compare the pictures to see the progress
(No, I did not dye the fabric! The difference in colour is a trick of my camera!)

 I am still most uncomfortable with the work - I really don't know what I am doing! The red has added a touch of 'Mola style', I guess, but the rest does not look anything like the beautiful work of the Cuna Indians, or Ms Fumiko Nakayama - yet. I will just have to trudge along...

Mola - Snippets of Interest
The Cuna Indians use many kinds of motifs, not only tropical birds and animals or exotic plants, but religious symbols, rockets, sporting events, as well as illustrations from advertisements, for their Molas.
Many Cuna Indians are illiterate and the letters of the alphabet are simply seen as decorative symbols, so letters might be missing or turned upside down.
A Swedish match-box with a parrot and the text: 'Made by Jönköping-Vulcans T.F. AB Sweden' was the inspiration for a Mola, but the text became: 'ADEBYJOPINGS&VULCANSTFABSWEDEN'.
(Source: Broderiboken - Eva Köhlmark)

I found a similar reference to a Swedish matchbox parrot Mola here.