Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 34: Japanese Stitch

Welcome back to another geography lesson at Sunday Stitch School. We are still in the Asia region and will focus on Japan with this Japanese Stitch found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
There, it is grouped in the section of Solid Filling Stitches, but I think it would be a good canvas stitch, too. Basically it is a slanted Satin Stitch.

Of course it also features in the Japanese publication, Nihon Shishu wo Tanoshimu, as well as on various Japanese websites, for a bit of light reading, check this out.

The Japanese name for this stitch is Wari Nui 割繡い.
No Swedish name has been found.

Work it like this:

 and on my Aida sampler
 you can see that it is not suitable for Aida cloth which has a wide grid.

It looks much better on Canvas

and on a tightly woven fabric,

here in Japanese embroidery style, but using perle on cotton.

1) a challenge of 'real' Japanese embroidery with proper flat silk and kimono silk fabric.

2) Fill a square on this piece of fake canvas.


margaret said...

you are certainly sharing stitches I have not come across before, this will be hard with such a fine silk thread I so admire the fine Japanese stitchery

Julie Fukuda said...

That reminds me I have some needlework books up in my bookcase. Maybe I need to check them out.

Pamela said...

The silk on silk will be gorgeous, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Passionnant, nous allons faire le tour du monde en brodant
J'ai trouvé le nom en français de ce point dans le Mary Thomas :
- Point japonais
et nulle part ailleurs
j'ai aussi le "point de passé plat oblique" mais il se travaille de gauche à droite et non de bas en haut

Queeniepatch said...

This is how Google Translate translated Mattia's comment:
Exciting, we will go around the world embroidering
I found the French name for this point in Mary Thomas:
- Japanese Point
And nowhere else
I also have the "point of flat past oblique" but it works from left to right and not from bottom to top

Thank you Mattia, for always supplying me with Mary Thomas's French names of the stitches.
I think the stitch names are fascinating, and there are so many referring to different countries, regions or cities.

Queeniepatch said...

I will try my best to use the thread properly - it is very expensive!

Queeniepatch said...

Among the thousands of stitches around the world, there are some that have gone out of fashion, then become popular again and we don't know their names.
If you have any unusual stitches in those books, do let me know!

Queeniepatch said...

I am sure you have seen this before, it is simply a Satin Stitch but on a 'slope'. Perfect for swordlike leaves.

Rachel said...

This is one of those stitches which depends a great deal on the fabric and the thread. All the better excuse to play with them!

Queeniepatch said...

It is a stitch that could easily be mistaken for other similar stitches. I agree that the fabric and thread will play an important role.

Annet said...

Such a pretty variation of the satin stitch. I think you're right, it would be a good canvas stitch.

Linda Calverley said...

That really is a challenge, I've never got the hang of using real silk thread.

Janie said...

Beautiful thread, fabric and stitching.
I'm sure you'll come up with with exciting examples of this stitch.
I'll be back to see.

Queeniepatch said...

Now that I have tried it, I KNOW it is a good canvas stitch, even better than using it for Satin Stitch!

Queeniepatch said...

All too true! It is a challenge and I'd never get a job embroidering kimonos, but it is fun nevertheless to try. It's much better as a canvas stitch.

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, the flat silk is so beautiful to look at on its paper bobbin, but it looks a bit messy when worked. Well, I have TRIED! Show and tell tomorrow.