The Rosette Stitch Rose was easy to make and will be a good building block for flowers. It could be a rose bud, the centre of a rose or other flower. It could be rose apples on a tree, and if worked in brown and many wraps it could become a roasted coffee bean - Rosette Stitch Bean?!
For today's lesson at Sunday Stitch School we'll be focusing on a stitch in Madam Totsuka's embroidery book #12, which is on Loop Stitch and its variations.
Sadako Totsuka of Totsuka Stitch Institute has published many books on embroidery. Although all of them are written in Japanese, they are clearly illustrated. You don't need to read any instructions, looking is enough.
Now for the stitch. There is no name in the book, but the stitch resembles a loopy tassel so let's call it Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch.
It is made up of a Detached Chain Stitch, three loops and two Straight Stitches.
Begin by stretching the fabric in a hoop.
Make a Detached Chain Stitch (Lazy Daisy Stitch).
Anchor the stitch with a tiny stitch,
then make a loose loop, over and under the bottom of the Chain Stitch.
Repeat and make a second loop,
and a third.
Then make a tight Straight Stitch,
across the loops at the bottom of the Chain Stitch.
Repeat with one more Straight Stitch,
and you have a tassel.
Each Chain has three loops.
The loops can of course be cut open, but in Madam Totsuka's book the loops are not cut.
Beware that this stitch is a fiddly stitch, and almost impossible to undo, so pay attention while working!
It has been a busy week and I have not so much to report on Work In Progress Wednesday.
Crazy for Crazy
I wanted to add a nice trim that I saw on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread. It is not as impressive in monochrome beige, but I am quite fond ot its braid like quality. It is made up of Wheat Ear Stitch where Back Stitch later has been added, as well as French Knots. There will be some Straight Stitches, but they will have to wait for next week.
I also filled each 'fork' on the Feather Stitch with Bullion Knots.
A reel of tan gimp caught my attention and I used pens of various thicknesses to make some loops which I couched down.
'Buttony' is so much fun I made another Dorset Button to be added later.
Today let's learn another ofMadam Sadako Totsuka's stitches. This is taken from her book on Chain Stitch and its variations. She has simply made a combination of the French Knot and the Chain Stitch. Unfortunately she has not given this stitch a name, so I will un-officially call it French Knotted Chain Stitch. Should any reader of this blog ever have seen this stitch and know its name, please let me know in the comments below. Work it like this: Stretch the fabric in a hoop.
Wind the thread twice around the needle to make a French Knot.
Insert the needle near where it came out, and then take the needle out a bit further down, like you would with a Chain Stitch.
Make the thread go from right to left under the needle.
Pull through and make another French Knot in the same way.
Make another combination French Knot and Chain Stitch
and another one.
Anchor the last Chain Stitch with a French Knot.
SSS Ref Chart
Linen table centre
This is the block I made for the Partnership QuiltProject in 2005, when the theme was School House.
It is time to make a quilt block for NHK's Partnership Quilt Project at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2019, to be held in Tokyo Dome in January next year.
More information can be found on the official website. Sorry only in Japanese.
Under the tag NHK, above, you can read about this project and see my previous entires.
The theme this time is HOUSE.
In tonight's TV program and on the website, the suggestions are many and free.
When I discussed the theme with a friend I reflected that there are a lot of different houses - human dwellings or workplaces - igloos, tents, tree houses, dollhouses, churches, garden sheds, bird houses, garages, summer houses, shops, log cabins, boat houses, house boats, or houses on stilts, temples, sand castles, caravans, corner shops, telephone booths, and why not a band stand in the park or a bus shelter…. I mean a bus shelter is often the only house a homeless can find to ‘live' in.
Then there are the parts of a house - Santa stuck in the chimney, a cat in the window, an open and welcoming door, the ruined remains of a castle or a heap of plank being what is left of a house destroyed by the tsunami, or a heavily graffitied wall...
The rules are,
size 15x15 cm + seam allowance of 1-2 cm
name in lower right corner,
enclose a self addressed 62yen postcard, if you live in Japan and want to know in which quilt your block has been added
DEADLINE: 31st JULY 2018, when the block must have reached NHK
Partnership Quilt NHK Sutekini Handmade 2-2-1 Jinnan Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-8001 Japan Now what house will I make?
For an easy and attractive linear stitch I offer you Sunday Stitch School's stitch #62, the Pearl Stitch.
The Swedish name is Knapphålsstygn På Högkant! A mouthful in any language! Updated: French names, Point Perlé, Point de Perle, Point Mille Pattes
I have found Pearl Stitch or Pearl Knot Stitch in these books, but they vary slightly in the instructions.