Wednesday, 19 September 2018

WIPW - Thank You

Thank you for kind comments and words of concern and encouragement.
I needed extra time to care for and support people around me who have been fighting various problems. It has been very emotional and exhausting, but now many things are settled and life can slowly return to normal, or at least the way it was before.
I am sorry I have not been able to answer your comments or visit blogs.

I had to choose sleep over stitching/blogging and that is why I have very little of progress to show you.

However I think I have finished the olive and watermelon
Crazy for Crazy
quilt block by adding a few beads:

Sets of three 'fingers' of pink seed beads on the seam.

An edge of the same pink seed beads on the Dorset Button.


I feel the block is completed. What do you think?

Friday, 14 September 2018

Friday Homework and Sunday Stitch School

Thank you for your kind comments on my previous blog post, I have not been able to answer any of them.
Nor will I manage to post Friday Homework, or Sunday Stitch School for this weekend, I am sorry to say. I hope to be back soon.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

WIPW - Too much...

No there is not too much to report on Work In Progress Wednesday.

There has been too much other work to do, and too little energy and time in which to do it, so there is very little progress on

Crazy for Crazy
I have just added a sprinkling of sequins and beads. They are so few you can easily see them.
I am very disappointed I have not managed more, but just have to accept that life has been too hard recently. Sigh! 
See you next week, and I hope to have more to show then.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 74: Boucle Stitch

Welcome to night class at Sunday Stitch School.

After having learned more than 150 TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) stitches from Sharon Boggon's fantastic website Pintangle,  I was still hungry for more.

That is why I started this Sunday Stitch School in November 2016. I wanted to work my way through the many, to me unknown stitches, in all the stitch dictionaries in my collection, and any interesting stitch I had found online.

Today's stitch was found online, at no other place than Pintangle! Among the stitches in Sharon's Stitch Dictionary there are some that have NOT found their way into TAST - yet, as far as I know anyway.

So here is a nice Canvas stitch called Boucle Stitch.

You can either have at look at my photos below, or for better quality, go to Sharon's Stitch Dictionary - Boucle Stitch.

Anyway, here goes:
Make a line of slanting stitches.

Then turn the work upside down.
Make a loop under the last slanting stitch I - J, without catching any of the fabric.

Then travel from K to I. Make a new loop around the next slanting stitch, and so on.

Turn the work upside down (e.g. right way up)
and make a new set of slanting stitches A - B and so on.

Turn the work upside down again and 
loop the new slanted stitch I - J and so on,

until you have a full set of stitches.
Try to keep the tension better than I did!

SSS Reference Chart
Aida Sampler
Fake Canvas Sampler

Friday, 7 September 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 73: God's Eye Stitch

This stitch is not difficult, but it is time-consuming and you might feel dizzy after turning the fabric around while whipping the cross.

Also I noticed that a thread with a good twist, like Perle, gives much better result than Coton a Broder. See for yourself in the samples below:

Aida Sampler (Coton a Broder)

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart Perle)

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth
These sit nicely, and look good in variegated thread (perle).

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

WIPW - The Fragrance of Lavender

It was my intention to have much more to report on Work In Progress Wednesday.
The heat, the humidity, the disastrous 21st typhoon, in English named Jebi, as well as a truck-load of other obstacles have had a negative impact on my progress.

I had to make a special
Birthday Card
and made one based on the instructions in Sachiko Morimoto's book:

This time I selected the lavender.

Making all those purple Bullion Knots took up a lot of time, but I am pleased with the result.

Crazy for Crazy
I just added five lines of Sunday Stitch School #46, Corded Coral Stitch.

 I placed the new Dorset Button I made on top of the block.

By next week WIPW I hope to have added some beads, sequins and other 'bling'.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 73: God's Eye Stitch

It is Sunday and time to learn a new stitch at Sunday Stitch School. Today we have a variation of the Whipped Wheel Stitch, called God's Eye Stitch.

Stretch the fabric in a hoop. 
Then make a cross.

Change to another thread and come up in the centre, between two of the arms of the cross.
Take the needle underneath the arm behind and the one in front, thereby whipping one arm.
Don't pick up any of the fabric.

Continue your way around the cross, taking the needle underneath two arms.

For the last stitch, whip only the arm behind the needle, and then

anchor the stitch underneath the diamond of blue thread.

Read more about this stitch at Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials .
Pumora has made an interesting alternative embroidery stitch. 
At Layers of Learning you can read about the original God's Eye, Ojo de Dios, and how to make such an object out of sticks and yarn.

SSS Reference Chart
Aida Sampler
Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Friday, 31 August 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 72: Sham Hem Stitch

It was easy and fun to 'sham' this stitch.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart:

Aida Sampler

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

See how different they look when worked in two colours, red and teal with metallic, and white viscose cord.

So different you would think the white cord was the Spanish Feather Stitch, one of the TAST stitches. Compare them below:

It was CrazyQstticher that pointed it out. At first I did not see any resemblance as I worked the Sham Hem stitch horizontally and the Spanish Feather is a vertical line. Turn your Sham Hem around and you see how similar they are.

The Sham Hem Stitch is easy and very striking. For crazy quilting it is perfect. I am sure you will enjoy trying it.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

WIPW - Out With the Whip!

Sorry to report late on my Work In Progress Wednesday. There are still a few hours left of the day so here goes.

Crazy for Crazy
I have been whipping chains! First I made a simple Chain Stitch along a seam, then I whipped each side. Sharon Boggon of Pintangel calls this Whipped Chain version 2 in her Stitch Dictionary.
Along the undulating edge of the lace I added Chain Stitches and whipped them straight over, Whipped Chain version 1.
Both versions can be seen and learned here.
I like version 2 better, it makes such a nice heart shaped line of stitches, similar to Magic Chain.

I then made a circle of Fern Stitch and added a French Knot on each arm stretching outwards.

More work next week, and there will also be a birthday card to report on.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 72: Sham Hem Stitch

The Sham Hem Stitch that I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, is the stitch of the week.

French names: Point Yougoslave
or it could be called Point Zigzag Entrelacé,
says Mattia.

You work it in two one-way journeys, and preferably in two different threads.

Make the first stitch shaped like a V.

Make another V, and you have a W.

Continue till you have as many Vs or Ws as you like.

Now change to another thread for contrast, or use the same to get a blended look.
Come out of the fabric slightly below the top right arm of the first V.

From now on you will be working only under the threads so a blunt needle is preferable.
Working from right to left, take the needle under the bottom of the first V.

Go back one step and take the needle under the first three arms.

Go back one step and take the needle under three arms again.

Continue in the same way.
You can see how the loops wind around each point.

Anchor the thread at the top left arm of the last V.

Play with different weights and types of thread, and you will change the look. 


Friday, 24 August 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 71: Twisted Fly Stitch

The Twisted Fly Stitch was easy to make and fun. I found that so many different detached stitches can be placed in the 'cup'.

Aida sampler

 Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Here we have from left, 3 Colonial Knots, 3 Bullion Knots, 2 Lazy Daisy stitches and a Berry Stitch.

Head over to CrazyQstitcher to see an underwater scene!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

WIPW - Stitching Paper

Work In Progress Wednesday today has two things on the menu:

Stitched Bookmark
I was given a present and had to make a return gift, something small and easy.
In my stash I had a paper horse with punched holes for stitching. Small and easy! But see the power of the variegated thread!

Crazy for Crazy
I have worked on some areas, using recent Sunday Stitch School stitches and some store-bought ribbon rosettes.