Sunday, 11 November 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 80: Corded Bar

Welcome to stitch number 80 at Sunday Stitch School. Today we turn to Mary Thomas and her trusty Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches where I found Corded Bar.

There are two kinds, one used for Cut Work and Drawn Work. Then the stitch is usually known as Overcast Bar or Twisted Bar.
Mattia gave me the French names: Bride Surjetée or Bride Double
la semaine dernière c'était le "point de couronne".

We, however, are going to use it free form as an isolated stitch on Aida, linen, plain weave, felt, velvet or any other fabric of your choice.

First you make a bar of Straight Stitch (Satin Stitch) in a set of six, close together.

Then you whip the six strands together without biting the fabric.

Easy, wouldn't you say?
In free form you can of course make the stitches longer or shorter, thicker or thinner. Just change the number of stitches in the foundation bar, it doesn't have to be six.

Aida Sampler
SSS Reference Chart
Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth

Friday, 9 November 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 79: Crown Stitch

This homework was so easy and fun I completed it already on Sunday!!!
The hardest task was to find time to write up and publish this post, but here it is:

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth
Please note the crowned worm!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

WIPW - Reference Charts Updated

I have made a lot of progress this week, but not all is craft-related.

The sewing machine has been hard at it, making small covers for medical equipment, a boring conveyor-belt type of job.

Anyway,  while the sewing machine was set up I decided to update the

TAST and Sunday Stitch School Reference Charts
with text.
I had worked all the stitches, but not put on labels.
With a word-processing software I typed the numbers and names, then printed that information onto iron-on fabric, and pressed fusable web onto the back.
I cut the labels up and ironed them into each cell on the chart.
From experience I know that the glue of the fusable web does not withstand constant use of the chart, so I stitched the numbers and names down with nylon thread.

Both the TAST and Sunday Stitch School Reference Charts are now updated.

Crazy for Crazy
I have started on the beading but only added a handful so far.

Cathedral Windows
I counted the 'panes' on the leaded grid I completed last week, and found I needed 31 pieces of 'glass'.

I cut out squares of batik and arranged them on the grid.

 Each square is pinned down and the black 'lead' edges are turned over.
This naturally forms the arch that makes the Cathedral Windows pattern so beautiful.

So far I have stitched down 12 out of the 31 pieces of glass.
I hope to have all done by next WIPW so that I can start exploring the second method of making cathedral Windows.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 79: Crown Stitch

Another wedding?
The headgear of a bride, or of a Regent?

Well, here at Sunday Stitch School we are focusing on a stitch called Crown Stitch. I found it in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
The French name is: point de couronne

It is easy!

Make three stitches from the same hole,  the middle one longer than the two on the flank. The result is an arrow pointing upwards.

A bit above, and to the left of this arrow, take the needle out.
Pass underneath the three stitches without picking up any of the fabric.

 Above, and to the right, insert the needle. Tighten the thread.

 Here is your crown. Easy peasy!

Of course, you can enrich the crown with any amount of beads, pearls or ornamental stitches.

The worms want a Crown!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 78: Interlaced Chain Stitch

I've done my homework.

It was breeding a worm, isn't it?

 Doesn't this curved version of Interlaced Chain Stitch look just like a fat worm?

On the Sunday Stitch Reference Chart
you can clearly see the difference between lacing the dark chain with light thread and the opposit.
The laced loops are anchored with brown thread on the curved seam, but not on the straight seam. 
Although the instructions called for anchoring, I think I like the un-achored version better.

Aida Sampler
which is also un-anchored.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

WIPW - Button and Buttonhole Bars, and plenty of Lead

Work In Progress Wednesday is here again.

For this Wednesday I have just a bit progress to report on

Crazy for Crazy

I attached a button with Buttonhole Bars.

I spent considerably more time on the 

Cathedral Windows

The twenty blocks are now stitched together, all by hand, that it why it took such time. Heavy work, well it is 'lead' after all, ha, ha!
This will be the foundation for the front of the bag/cushion I am making.

I have picked out marbled batik for the 'stained glass' inserts. Cutting will start tonight.
More WIP next week Wednesday.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 78: Interlaced Chain Stitch

We have got an invitation to another wedding this week. It is between Mr Inter Laced and Ms Chain Stitch.

Yes, this week's stitch is made up of two threads, or even three!

Mattia tells me the French name is: Point De Chainette Interlacé

First you make a line of Chain Stitch.

Then change to another thread and come out at the top.
Go under the second link in the Chain Stitch, without biting the fabric.
The needle goes from outside, into the stitch (right to left).

Now turn the needle and go from left to right in the first link.


At the end of the line, anchor the stitch

and come out very close by.
Now work in the same way from down to up.

Anchor at the top.

You can fix the outer loops with a stab stitch - the newlyweds will pledge to stay together forever.

Or use a different thread - now who is the third person who would keep the couple together? The child?

Mary Corbet of Needle 'n Thread has a tutorial with very clear photographs. Her neat stitching is a delight to see, check out the even tension.

Add stitches to these three pieces.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 77: Tied Herringbone Stitch

This homework was done in a jiffy. So easy and fun!

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

 Aida Sampler

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

What did I learn? 
That a thinner and lighter coloured thread should be used for the Coral Stitch part on top of the Herringbone base.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

WIPW - Cathedral Window's Lead Squares Completed

Work In Progress Wednesday comes around so quickly! What have I got to show?

Crazy for Crazy
I have added the following embroidery:

Cathedral Window
To make one side of the bag I am planning I need 20 black squares of 'lead'. These are now completed

The next step is to join them together like this, all twenty of them, 4 rows, 5 columns.

I hope you have had a much more productive week.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 77: Tied Herringbone Stitch

Today let'g go to the wedding of Mr Herring Bone-Stitch and Ms Coral Stitch. After they have tied the knot, they become, Tied Herringbone Stitch, which will be No 77 in the Sunday Stitch School's stitch collection.

Follow the 'ceremony':

Aida Sampler
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth