Wednesday, 19 January 2022

WIPW - Insect Repellant Bags

I didn't think I would have the energy to make a Work In Progress Wednesday report for this week. I met with an accident late last week, and so was unable to prepare a new stitch for Sunday Stitch School. Luckily I am now well on the mend and can function as usual.

Fortunate was also that I had already made some progress on my other projects, and furthermore had just completed a set of 

Insect Repellant Bags

that I made for a friend out of scraps of kimono silk.

In Western countries we often fill small pouches with lavender or other fragrant herbs or flowers to place in the linen cabinet. To keep clothes safe from insects we may use smelly moth balls.

These pouches contain powdered incense which has a very distinct scent. To me it is a very pleasant Japanese smell, but I must admit the perfume goes well with kimonos, but not with bed linen. It certainly is nicer than the naphthalene of traditional moth balls!

Velveteen Cushion
Here I had added four smaller stars in the lower border.

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler
These stitches had also been added inside the ovals.
#20 Tete-de-boeuf 
#57 Figure-Eight Knot
#117 French Knotted Lazy Daisy
#118 Lazy Daisy Picot
#125 Carina's Knot

So all in all,  a good show, I think.

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Time Out

Sorry, but I need to put my feet up. 

Therefore there is no new stitch for today's Sunday Stitch School. Hope to be back on track next week.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Friday Homework for Lesson 196: Square Knot Drizzle Stitch

 I don't know why, but the stitches I added to the three samplers are all uneven and look messy.

Well, while I ponder why, here they are:

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Aida Sampler

Looking at them again, I think the problem is that I did not tighten the macrame knot over the needle hard enough - there is too much slack in the thread... I guess. What do you think?  

Do I have an explanation? I WAS tired, it WAS late when I did them.... A feeble excuse for a failure...

CrazyQstitcher perfected her stitches! Have a look.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

WIPW - A New Cushion

The second Work In Progress Wednesday report this year.

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

I needle turned down the pink oval that was at a basted stage last week. I added two more ovals, #52 Underside Couching Stitch and #111 E Laced Edging Stitch.


The leg warmers I started knitting during the New Year holiday are now warming my ankles!

New Velveteen Cushion

Once upon a time, long ago, I made a quilt of fake patchwork fabric, i.e. the print is a pieced rhombus pattern, and velveteen in pink and grey. The quilting was done in metallic silver thread.

I kept the remnants to make a matching cushion. A new year's resolution for 2022 was to finally take action.

As I also want to use up other remnants from my stash, I pieced together odd bits of Japanese fabric for the backing.

Piecing, sandwiching and basting were done first, of course.

Then I started on the quilting. To mirror that of the quilt I used ordinary Running Stitch for quilting the rhombus pattern. 
For the border,  I made an oval cross pattern, which I quilted in Feather Stitch. 
Both silver and gold threads have been used.