Friday, 22 February 2019

Friday Homework for Lesson 90: Methodist Knot Stitch

This was so easy and so fast I completed my homework in a jiffy!

Aida Samper

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Oh, if all stitches were as simple as this one!

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

WIPW - In the Post

For this week's Work In Progress Wednesday report I can show three finishes and some purple progress.

Crazy for Crazy
I dug into my purple thread stash to add the following.

Punch Needle Greeting Card
I completed the punch needle design. This is the front.

 On the back the stitches are flatter.

To secure the stitches before cutting the loops open, I spread a thin layer of glue on the back.

 I then started cropping the loops into 'velvety' pile.
The easiest way is to fold the fabric over a finger to see where to cut.

The cut pile makes a deeper, darker shade of each thread.
Compare the uncut left side with the cut area on the the right.

Finally I made it into a card.
It's a rather gloomy card with the black background.
Lesson learned!

The second
Greeting Card
was sewn in the style of Karin Derland.
Instead of the boiled wool foundation I used felt from my stash.

The third
Greeting Card
project is completed, but I won't show any clear details yet. Here is a fuzzy teaser.

All three cards are now in the post.

Leafy Note

At the quilt show last month I was given a beautiful hand-bound notebook with a delicate leaf on the cover.
I decided to use the book to note down my needlework finishes 2019.
I am happy to add a number of new drawings for this WIPW report.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 90: Methodist Knot Stitch

Do you remember stitch # 83 Mennonite Tacks Stitch? It is one of the utilitarian quilting stitches. Today we will look at another of them, the Methodist Knot Stitch.

I found this very simple explanation at Textile Research Centre about Methodist Knot Stitch, and at Roz-Counterpane, this description of the stitch.

Linear stitches, or individual stitches that can be used for lines, are always useful. However, I would call the Methodist Knot Stitch a 'thread-eater' as it is made up of two Back stitches of various lengths. Now is that useful or not? Only if you want to lighten your thread stash!

This is how to work it:
 Take a long Back Stitch,

and then a short Back Stitch.

Then continue with the next stitch in the same way.

 until you have a line like this

Add a few lines on these pieces.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Friday Homework for Lesson 89: Chequered Chain Band

Although this is a tricky stitch, it IS possible to tame it and get good results.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
I worked it on a curve, which I had read would be unsuitable. I think it looks ok!

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth