Sunday, 14 October 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 76: Loopy Flower Stitch

Welcome to a new lesson at Sunday Stitch School.
Today we are focusing on a beautiful stitch I found on a German website - Pumora Simplify Embroidery.

The stitch is called Loopy Flower.

You need the following things:
(Embroidery hoop)
Thread for the flower (I used yellow)
Thread for the stem (I used green)
Thick pen/stick, or anything you can wind the thread around.

Then follow these steps:
 Take a small stitch.

 Wind the thread around the pen/stick

 Pull out the pen/stick carefully so as not to disturb the loops.

Pull the threaded needle through the loops.

Anchor the loops next to the first stitch.

Secure the stitch with a knot on the back. Cut the thread.

Change to the thread that will be used for the stem. With the tip of the needle open up the loops of the flower and take some straight stitches to fix the loops.

When the loops are secure, stitch the stem. I did mine with Stem Stitch.

 I then added a Detached Chain Stitch for a leaf.

 The pictures on Pumora's website are better than mine, you can see the tutorial here.

Aida Sampler
SSS Reference Chart
and as you are short of time, use the stitch for a birthday card.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

18th Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2019

Just to let you know the dates for the
18th Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, to be held next year.

Thursday January 24th to January 30th 2019

Check out the official website (in English)

Friday, 12 October 2018

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 71 - 75

It is Friday and time to hand in my homework. I had to wait until nightfall to show this scene:

Of course I stitched in colour, and used the stitches like this:

I used Maidenhair Stitch as a filling stitch for Sue's hair that is hiding her face - there is no need for a sunbonnet at night!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

WIPW - Too Bland?

Work In Progress Wednesday

At last I have had a bit more time to devote to my favourite pastime - stitching.

Crazy for Crazy

I have pieced together the Sweet Potato and Roast Chestnut crazy quilt block and added a bit of embroidery.
There isn't a lot of contrast in the shades of the thread, is this block looking a bit too bland?
I think I will change some of the thread of the Slipped Detached Chain...

NEW! Cathedral Windows 

Every January, at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, I meet up with my friends Julie (My Quilt Diary) and Tanya (By Taniwa).
Last year we challenged each other to make something with the Mola quilting style.
I made this bag:

This year's challenge is Cathedral Windows. Tanya, always being quick off the mark, has already made several beautiful things, among them a cover for a box of tissues.

I searched the web and found a number of ways to make a CW quilt. I will start with the traditional way, by hand, following Abby Holverson's excellent instructions. Check them out here.

 The first thing was to cut squares.
With a strip of cardboard I pressed down the seam allowances.

I folded the square in half, right sides together and whipped the edges together.

I keep my fingers crossed that I will have time to stitch a lot from now on.
How to keep fingers crossed and stitch at the same time is a hard nut to crack, though!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 71 - 75

Let's review the last five stitches:
Click on the headline and see previous blog posts of the instructions, inspiration and homework.

71 Twisted Fly Stitch
This makes such a great base for floral designs - almost any detached stitch can be placed in the 'cup' and blossom into a flower.

72 Sham Hem Stitch
As only the first part of this stitch, the VVVVVVVVVV-line, goes through the fabric, and the second part, the lacing, just goes over and under the thread of the line of VVVVs, you can work this on thick fabric without adding a lot of bulk.

73 God's Eye Stitch
Oh, it was interesting to read about the ornament God's Eye that so many readers have made with sticks and wool, and compare it with the embroidery stitch.

74 Boucle Stitch
Here is a stitch that goes through the fabric many times! Used on canvas it makes a nice solid filling stitch. It would be suitable for upholstery.

75 Maidenhair Stitch
This is a charming version of the Feather Stitch.

Make another Sunbonnet Sue using the five stitches.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 75: Maidenhair Stitch

Oh, this is such an easy and enjoyable stitch!
I liked it best on plain weave, though.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

 Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

It has found its way onto the Sweet Potato and Roasted Chestnut cq block, too. Pictures on Work In Progress Wednesday next week.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

WIPW - Sweet Potato and Roast Chestnuts

For once I have a Work In Progress Wednesday report which features something of the

Crazy for Crazy

I rummaged through my stash and pulled out fabric and thread in the colours of sweet potato and roast chestnut. Autumn has set in in Tokyo - we take a step into the new season with every typhoon - so the colours reflect some of the seasonal culinary delights.
 The brocade is a lovely piece of indian silk, then there is velveteen and velvet, linen and cotton, and the checked fabric is actually water resistant fabric for raincoats. Oh, I love that in crazy quilting any fabric can be used, just mix and match.

Although most of the threads will be in the same shades as the fabric, for the trimmings I have picked out some ric-rac, metallic braid and a piece of vintage braid. These will accent the little bit of turquoise from the Indian brocade.
I am still wondering how I will 'dress' the two buttons.

In different light the colours look a bit different....
but I HAVE got started on the piecing.