Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 35: Outline Stitch

This week it was fun to do the homework!

The Outline Stitch mirrors the Stem Stitch and both (usually) make a nice and neat line - IF the right thread is used for the right stitch.



This is stitched in Z-twisted Japanese silk.

Whereas this is stitched in Coton a Broder, an S-twisted thread.

You can see how nice the Outline Stitch is for a Z twist, and how the S-twisted thread slightly untwists itself.


I made use of these two excellent crazy quilting templates by Sharon Boggon for designing.

14 comments:

  1. Yes, it's useful to remember that twist direction can make a huge difference!

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    1. You need good eyes or a magnifying glass to see the twist in 'odd' threads, though, and too often I don't bother to check. That leaves you with a unsatisfactory result and disappointment until you understand what the problem is.

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  2. Beautiful and informative lesson!

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  3. Both are so nice, and those templates look very useful (and better than the ones I cut from cardboard or plastic from file pockets.

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    1. Both might be nice, but the top photo is nicer!
      The templates are VERY useful as you can draw a combination of nice designs onto plastic film and have an original template for a repeat pattern.

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  4. the stencils have worked so well for these 2 samples interestng reading about the twist and can certainly see the difference in the threads

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    1. The stencils are really great. You can make something similar with plastic files, but they are very flimsy.

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  5. Sharon's stencils look useful for getting perfect curves.
    Your two samples are lovely, it's good to see the difference that thread makes.
    Thanks, Queenie.

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  6. I prefer the silk version [but I don't like sewing with it]

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    1. Silk is a challenge, and if your hands are chapped like mine (too much work with water) that is another challenge!

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  7. You made a pretty design. The different twisting in threads keep confusing me, so I gave up on understanding it.

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    1. I think the twist is very important for certain stitches, and in Brazilian embroidery, you probably need to have the Z-twisted polyester thread to get those elegant raised stitches. With ordinary DMC stranded floss it would look tangled up.

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