Friday, 22 June 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 65: Rosette Stitch Rose

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?!

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Aida Sampler

Teal  Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

WIPW - Beading

I am writing my Work In Progress Wednesday report while the rain is pelting down.

The beading I have added to
Crazy for Crazy
looks like raindrops, but the photo does not show the glitter and sheen.

I have added beads in the circled areas:

Embellish work on the Guinness block is now completed.

Next job is to add the binding and think up a new colour scheme for the next block.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 65: Rosette Stitch Rose

I found today's stitch in the excellent book 'A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2'.
This stitch will make a nice flower, or part of a flower.

Make it this way:

 Wind the thread anticlockwise around the needle.

When you have the desired number of wraps,

fix the top wraps with a pin,

pull the needle through and anchor the lower wraps,

remove the pin and anchor the top wraps.


Aida Sampler,
SSS Reference Chart
Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Friday Homework for Lesson 64: Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain

It's been one of those weeks when nothing is 'normal'. Now it's SUNDAY, and I am rushing to hand in my FRIDAY homework for Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch.

It is a fiddly stitch, but gets easier for each one you make. Also I have found that perle cotton is the best choice of thread for this stitch.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

 Aida Sampler

 Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

WIPW - Echo

It is time to show and tell, Work In Progress Wednesday is here.

Crazy for Crazy

I have worked in several areas. Some are the additions echo features seen in other areas on the block.

I completed the spirals of gimp and encircled the Dorset button with the end of the gimp.

On the ribbon I added black sequins with French Knots, and stitched a line of Looped Cretan Stitch.

I made half a Buttonhole Wheel, Stem stitched the circle, added Bullion Knots and Straight Stitch anchoring stitches.

A metal button rests on top of some ruched ribbon and a line of Corded Coral Stitch cover the edge of the two pieces of fabric.

Next step will be beading.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 64: Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch

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!

SSS Reference Chart
Aida Sampler
Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth

Friday, 8 June 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 63: French Knotted Chain Stitch

I enjoyed working with this stitch, but the key is to have the fabric stretched tight in a hoop.

Aida Sampler

 Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Linen Tablecloth
I didn't add a line of French Knotted Chain Stitch on the linen tablecloth.
Instead I worked a chain on the Teal Tailoring Wool Scribble Cloth.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

WIPW - Loopy Gimp

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.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 63: French Knotted Chain Stitch

Today let's learn another of Madam 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
Aida Sampler
Linen table centre

Friday, 1 June 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 62: Pearl Stitch

Oh, what a lovely stitch!

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Aida Sampler

Linen fabric, might become a table centre....

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2019 - Partnership Quilt project - House

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
  • no quilting,
  • 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
  • send to: 
Partnership Quilt
 NHK Sutekini Handmade
 2-2-1 Jinnan
 Tokyo 150-8001

Now what house will I make?

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

WIPW - Building up Froth on the Guinness

Work In Progress Wednesday, yes there has been progress on

Crazy for Crazy

where the pieces were assembled into a block.
Then the tan embellishments began frothing all over the place.

I usually like to add the beads last, but some stitches are beaded stitches and had to be worked before the remaining embroidery and ornaments can be put in.
The piece on the right with machine embroidery is the same as that on the ruby red block, if you remember. Here I used the back of the fabric.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 62: Pearl Stitch

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.

My favorite instruction is online at Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials.

Work it from right to left,
like this:

The result when worked over three vertical holes, or two, on this Aida.

Aida Sampler
SSS Reference Chart
A rectangular line on the linen cloth