Friday, 20 July 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 68: Scottish Cretan Stitch

Oh, what a lovely stitch!!!
It is easy to do, and looks good, especially on Aida or a counted weave,

maybe less so on the SSS Reference Chart, especially the brown ones, are they three dancing bugs???!!!

Nevertheless, I think this easy stitch can trick anyone into believing it is a complex one.

Doesn't it look impressive on the Linen Table Cloth?

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WIPW - Beaded Button

For the Work In Progress Wednesday I can report on

Crazy for Crazy

where I have picked out a purple button from my stash, and made a beaded Dorset Button.

These will be placed on the block later.

Furthermore I have added Whipped Running Stitch and Herringbone Stitch to two areas.

Progress is slow, I blame the heatwave.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 68: Scottish Cretan Stitch

Today we are visiting Scotland and working on the Scottish Cretan Stitch which I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
Updated: As usual Mattia has provided the French name which is: Point Crétois en Pavés

By stitching three Cretan Stitches and then wrapping them together you get a nice thick stitch. Use it individually or make a chain of stitches.

Here is how:
Make a single Cretan Stitch,

and two more.
When you have a group of three, insert the needle underneath the three bottom legs, not catching any of the fabric,

 then pass the needle through the three legs at the top.

 Make another set of three Cretan Stitches, and wrap them in the same way.

 Continue until you have as many sets as you like.

Sunday Stitch Reference Chart
Aida Sampler
Linen Table Cloth

Saturday, 14 July 2018

NHK Partnership Quilt 2019

NHK Partnership Quilt

I have completed the block for next year's NHK's Partnership Quilt project. It is the 15th time I contribute a block and of all those themes, this year's HOUSE theme I found the most uninspiring.

It is also hard to do on this small scale, 15cmx15cm. Up till a few years ago it was 20cmx20cm, which granted us far more room to play around.

Anyway I drew a square in my sketchbook, chewed the pencil for a while and then all of a sudden I had made this mushroom. I knew I had a small piece of red fabric with white polka dots, so I just needed to dig out some other small scraps. The Swedish flag on the washing line was made with crayons and a hot iron.

You can see the blocks I have sent in for the last 14 years here.

Should you wish to take part, the last day for a contribution is 31st July. Read more here.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 67: Fishbone Stitch

The Fishbone Stitch was easier to work than the Raised Fishbone Stitch (#61), it gives a flatter look and does not gobble up as much thread, although it does have an appetite for it.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Aida Sampler
I tried to make some leaves, difficult on Aida, and a line of stitches.
Compare the blue Fishbone Stitch with the Raised Fishbone Stitch in brown six stitches up.

 Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WIPW - Jamming

My Work In Progress Wednesday is devoted to jam making. The lavender jam is spreading on

Crazy for Crazy

as I have embellished several seams with fancy stitches from TAST and Sunday Stitch School.

Much more jam will be needed so watch this space.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 67: Fishbone Stitch

I know this is called Sunday STITCH School, but today we are once again dealing with something that could be seen as COOKING, or rather, FOOD PREPARATION.
We are going to gut another fish while we learn how to work the
Fishbone Stitch! This is different from the Raised Fishbone Stitch,(#61), which we 'gutted' some weeks ago.

In French there are three names:
point d'arête,
point en arête de poisson,
point de passé plat contrarié
Thank you Mattia for the info

Stretch the fabric in a hoop.
Draw a light design, e.g. of a leaf.
 Take a Straight Stitch in the mid vein.
Come out at the top left of this stitch,

 insert the needle at the bottom right

 repeat on the other side, out at top right and in at bottom left

 Continue in the same way until you have filled the shape.

 You can take a Straight Stitch for the stem (petiole).

Cross, cross, cross... that's all you need to do.

Mary Corbet has a great video tutorial. Check it out here.

Add the stitch to these three items.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 66: Berwick Stitch

The Berwick Stitch is easy, fast and fun to stitch. It adds a little something extra (a knot) to the traditional Buttonhole Stitch.

See it on
Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School's Reference Chart

Teal Tailoring Wool Sampler

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

WIPW - Melted Vanilla Ice Cream

Work In Progress Wednesday consists of melted vanilla ice cream for my next

Crazy for Crazy

I have use seven pieces of fabric of very similar tone. It really looks like the ice cream has melted into a mess! Even a piece of ric-rac, for the embellishment, is in cream, rather than lavender.

 In my stash of thread I found more purple than I had expected. I guess it will be cooked into a compote of lavender, plum and all sorts of berries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries....

Will this be the elegant dessert turned into a fiasco? Well, let's hope it will be delicious nevertheless!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 66: Berwick Stitch

Welcome to another lesson. Today we are getting to know a cousin of the Buttonhole Stitch, Berwick Stitch, which I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

Also called Tailored Blanket Stitch according to Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials and in French, according to Mattia, Torso Festoon Point. No Swedish name to my knowledge.

Work it like this:

The closer you work the stitches the 'knottier' the line becomes. 
Keep the tension, and avoid having to unstitch - it's a knotty stitch!

Homework, as usual, add stitches to these three pieces.

More Quilts from the Show

Do you remember the show of Japanese quilts I went to the other day?
Pamela of Hokkaido Kudasai has posted pictures of many more of the quilts, including close-ups. Head over to her blog and enjoy.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Catching Up: Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 61 - 65

A day late, here is the completed Sunbonnet Sue Stitch Sampler.

While making the yellow Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch flowers I came up with the idea of using a pin to make the loops even.

 I am pleased with this trick and will update my instructions of #64 Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain (10th June, 2018).

Now you can see that the 'boob' is really a knee!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Friday Revision Homework: Stitches 61-65

Here is a bit of Sunbonnet Sue. Too many distractions have hindered my completion of this stitch sampler.
Hope to be able to post a finish tomorrow.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

WIPW - Framed and Sorted

Work In Progress Wednesday, well soon to be Thursday...

Crazy for Crazy
I has been a hectic week, but I managed to put the binding border on the Guinness block.

I then sorted out fabric and some thread for the next block. What shall I call this colour scheme?
Vanilla and lavender ice cream?

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 61 - 65

It is time for Sunbonnet Sue to come out and play with the most recent five stitches taught at Sunday Stitch School.

To see the instructions and read previous blog posts, click on the heading for each stitch.

61 Raised Fishbone Stitch
As it is a raised stitch it gives a plump look, good for 3D embroidery and, if worked in a straight line,  filling in any space. It can be used both to make thick leaves or a nice rope like braid.

62 Pearl Stitch
Not difficult at all to make a nice knotted line with this knobby stitch.
A great advantage is that the knots are not really knots, so reverse stitching is not a knotty problem.

63 French Knotted Chain Stitch
The marriage between the Chain Stitch and the French Knot must be celebrated!
Just remember to  use a hoop, then it is easy to make, and will look good in a straight line or on a curve.

64 Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain
Here is a fiddly stitch that grows on you - the more you make, the easier it gets and the more you like them.
You can keep them as they are, or cut open the loops.

65 Rosette Stitch Rose
One can never have too many floral stitches. This will make a nice bud, the centre of any flower or indeed a rose. Also, as has been pointed out, they can look like coffee beans or balls of knitting yarn. So, both useful and easy.

Use the five stitches on this Sunbonnet Sue design.
Cheat by using crayon and molding mat.