Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 11 - 15

The set homework for revision of the Sunday Stitch School's stitches 11-15 was to use them on a Sunbonnet Sue design.

Once upon a time Sue was a baby girl and it was the hood of her pram that was the Bonnet that kept her face out of the Sun.

11 - Knotted Satin Stitch was used for the quilt and the ties on the kite string.
12 - Lace Stitches make up the hood of the pram.
13 - Mountmellick Stitch was used for a lace edge along the hood and the top of the carriage, as well as the frill on Sue's sleeves.
14 - Norwich Stitch in variegated floss was used for the kite.
15 - Open Chain Stitch in pink for the carriage, and bundled in the blue tyres.

For the kite string and sleeves I used Stem Stitch.
Straight Stitch was used for the hands, the outline of the quilt blocks and the spokes of the tyres.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

TAST Interview

Sharon B of Pintangle is running a series of interviews with TAST followers. This is a fantastic way to read more about how fellow followers take to 'needle 'n thread', what makes them 'tick' and learn from their wisdom.

I would like to thank Sharon for helping us to learn from each other and share our joy of needlework.

Today my interview was posted. Read it here.

Previous interviews:
Annet of FatQuarter.
Renee of Hand Stitched Treasures
Angela of Princess Bubbles Creates
Maureen of CrazyQstitcher

The cherries are beginning to open their buds and I have hung up my seasonal crazy quilt.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WIPW - 9,234

Work In Progress Wednesday can this week report on real progress.

Trinity Green

It has been a productive week; I made 18 new paper strips of 486 triangles.

This means that I have completed the first step in making this green bed size quilt - I added the very last triangle!

The final total came to 9.234 triangles.

Next on the menu is stitching strips of thin green 'sashing' between the rows of triangles and then ripping out the paper until I have a flimsy.

The upcoming week will be very 'green',

but around me in Tokyo it is very 'pink'.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

TAST 143 - Fancy Herringbone Stitch

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, and how to Take A Stitch on a Tuesday is taught by Sharon B over at Pintangle.

Click here for the tutorial of Fancy Herringbone Stitch, which I will add as number 143 in my collection.

TAST 143 Fancy Herringbone Stitch is made up of three parts, a base of Herringbone Stitches (pink) is held held down with small Upright Cross Stitches (red) and then laced in a fancy way (light blue ).

It wasn't difficult, but with all laced stitches, tension is tricky, and my result looks sloppy.

I also worked a set of stitches on my TAST Reference Chart. Later I will add the label with number and name.
Here the tension is a bit better, so there is hope for further improvement in the future! I hope!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 11 - 15

Before we move on to a new stitch, let's revise the five most recent stitches, Knotted Satin, Lace, Mountmellick, Norwich and Open Chain Stitch.

Here is a summery. Click on the headline to learn the stitch and read more.

Knotted Satin Stitch
It didn't take long to learn this stitch, but it was a struggle to get it right. These Satin Stitches need to be crowded, and the shorter the leg, the nicer they behave.

Lace Stitch
This row of triangular stitches was a pleasure to work, meditative and easy, and gave a very pleasing result. I like both the pulled-tight version that opens holes in the fabric 

and the version where the thread stands out.

Mountmellick Stitch
The main stitch in the Irish Mountmellick embroidery style is a favorite from the past and was nice to use once again, here in colour and on thin red fabric.

Norwich Stitch
This is a Canvas stitch and I learned the hard way that such stitches really should be worked on CANVAS and not on any limp fabric. I also learned that if you mark plain fabric and choose your thread well you can get stunning result.

Open Chain Stitch
This version of Chain stitch was easy and enjoyable to play with, and I am very grateful to CrazyQstitcher for suggesting tying the rungs of the ladder together into bunches.

Put SSS stitches 11 - 15 to good use on yet another Sunbonnet Sue design.
Now do you remember the name of this stitch? What kind of design of Sunbonnet Sue is it, do you think?

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 15: Open Chain Stitch

Oh, it's Friday and time to hand in the homework assignment for Lesson 15, which is the Open Chain Stitch.

For this stitch my conclusion is that you have to check the tension so the stitches sit nicely. Open Chain Stitch can also be used in a more folksy, rough form, as seen here:
I made three parallell lines of yellow and formed a cross. Each side was then flanked with filling stitches in a blue space dyed perle until I had a round shape. This I circled the edges of with metallic cord which I couched down with Open Chain stitch.

I can't say I like the design but it was fun to make.

The other day I got a suggestion from CrazyQstitcher. She had found a neat version of Open Chain Stitch in A Handbook for Lettering for Stithers by Elsie Svennas.

Each three rungs of the 'ladder' of the Open Chain Stitch are bundled together, similar to the way you create a Sheaf Stitch.

With a piece of white card inside I made both these samples of Open Chain Stitch into small greeting cards. This is how I mount my cards.

I will add a small brooch in the centre of this one.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WIPW - Ten More Tails

Work In Progress Wednesday.

Trinity Green

My 'snakes' are growing tails!

Those of you who have been following this project
(started at the end of April 2016)
know that I am making a large quilt
(bed spread size)

out of small
(2.5 cm tall and 2 cm wide at the base) triangles.

You know that they are green 
(all shades)

and come from many sources
(my stash, my friends' stash, old clothes, tea towels, upholstery and whatnots).

You know that I am stitching these triangles onto paper strips 
 (27 triangles each)

where the triangles are darker on one side and lighter on the other.

You know that I have joined these paper strips into long 'snakes'
(8 paper strips in each 'snake')

and that I have 38 'snakes' hibernating in my vivariums.

What you don't know is that they have begun to grow tails!

I find that I want a good over hang for this bed spread and need to add a tail of 27 triangels to each snake. That way the quilt will be long and nice.

Last week I added 10 tails,
and this week I added another 10.
So the total count is now 8.748 triangles.

I have another 18 tails to make and then I can forget about triangles, and stitch the snakes side by side to thin strips of plain green fabric and finally have my flimsy.

Fabric in Focus

So simple, so rich - green and gold

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 15: Open Chain Stitch

It's Sunday and time to stitch!

Sunday Stitch School this week presents an easy and enjoyable stitch - the Open Chain Stitch. Anyone who is familiar with the Chain Stitch, will soon adjust its width and have an Open Chain Stitch.

Other names for the stitch are:
Square Chain Stitch
Roman Chain Stitch
Ladder Stitch
Small Writing Stitch (if narrow)
Big Writing Stitch (if wide)
Bred Kedjesöm is the Swedish term
Annet tells me in Dutch it has two names:
Vierkante or
Brede Kettingsteek
Mattia has supplied this list of names in French
point de chaînette échelle
point de chaînette carré
point noeudé dans la Broderie Bretonne

Work it like this:


 On my Aida sampler:

Couch down the metallic cord with Open Chain Stitch, and
use it as a filling stitch for something on this piece of red fabric.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 14: Norwich Stitch

The homework for Sunday Stitch School this week was to make something with the Norwich Stitch.

First I filled a square in the canvas sampler:

It was a challenge to find the right holes. Canvas is far stiffer than this slightly floppy even weave and would have made stitching much easier. Here the pink thread sinks into and lurkes behind the weave, sometimes making it look as if I have missed a hole.... I have learned the hard way that Canvas stitches should be stitched on CANVAS!

For the next part of the homework I selected a blue plain weave and this rainbow Pearl #8.
I ironed a stabilizer on the back.

Next I marked a graph paper,

pinned it to blue fabric,
pierced holes in the border of each square with a thick needle,

removed the paper and started stitching in the marked holes,
and here is the result.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

WIPW - Museum print

Work In Progress Wednesday

This week there is only some progress on

Trinity Green
I made 10 more paper strips (270 triangles) and have a total of 8.478.

Fabric in Focus
Here is a print reproduced from an original 18th century print, kept at the Nordiska museet in Stockholm. It is called Nejlikerand and can be bought from Jobs Handtryck.

Thank you, Åsa!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 14: Norwich Stitch

Welcome to Sunday Stitch Night School, yes, today's lesson is an evening class.

The lesson today is in honor of the charming city of Norwich in East Anglia, UK.
I have always loved this city. Maybe you would take it to your heart, too. You can read about this fine city here on Visit Norwich.
For us who are interested in fabric and textile there are also the Norwich shawls to be impressed by. Read this interesting article.
Many years ago I made a stump work portrait where the lady is wearing a 'Norwich Shawl'. (It is actually a small scrap of Liberty fabric.)
Because of this love of Norwich and its shawls, I was delighted when I found a stitch called Norwich Stitch. It is a Canvas stitch and also goes by the name 'Waffle Stitch'. As far as I can see, in no way does it have anything to do with the patterns on a Norwich shawl, nor does it have any connection with the city itself. Or, is the square pattern an image of Norwich Castle, a cube like building, or do the many crossed over stitches mirror the narrow lanes in the city centre, or the Cloisters at the Cathedral? Or...

Enough ramblings, over to the workings of Norwich Stitch:
Does it look complicated? Well, I thought so, until I realized the easy way of stitching this.

 First you need to set the stitch area, which should be a square of an even number of holes. Here I used 8x8 holes.
Begin by making a large Cross Stitch, 1-2  2-3 3-4
then take the needle out at 5, and go across on the bias to 6
 and out at 7

Then go across on the bias, in at 8 and out at 9
across on the bias

If you still think it is confusing, just give it a try and you will (hopefully) soon get the hang of it.

On my Aida sampler I made these squares.
 The pink square is worked on an uneven number of holes, and the variegated thread gives an unusual pattern.

Fill a square with Norwich stitches
 and make whatever you want with this variegated thread.

Canvas work is called Stramaljbroderi in Swedish, but I have not found any names for the many individual stitches. Does anyone know of names in other languages, I'd be delighted to add them. Mattia has just given me the French name - Point Gaufré.