Wednesday, 18 September 2019

WIPW - Launching Circles and Tvistsöm Cushion

This week Work In Progress Wednesday is featuring four things:

Freeform Embroidery
Here I have worked several of the Fly Stitch varieties.
From the left, Reversed Fly Stitch, (previously worked Fly Stitch), Double Fly Stitch and Twisted Fly Stitch.
Other 'flies' will be added next week.

EXTRA! A New Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
had to be made as the previous one was full.
Here I have another 54 squares, and as you can see the first space is already filled with #107 Tvistsöm - Vertical and Diagonal (part of my homework report for Friday).
If I can fill every square on this ref chart I will have a total of 160 stitches in my Sunday Stitch School collection.
So sometime at the end of 2020, if I can keep up the work, this chart will be full...

NEW! Circles
For the last three years, when I have met my friends Julie and Tanya in Tokyo Dome at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival in January we have set ourselves a challenge. The first was Mola, the second was Cathedral Windows.
I made these bags that double as cushion covers:

 Cathedral Windows (front)

Cathedral Windows (back)

The challenge for next January is Circles. Julie and Tanya are already done, but I have only just started.
I guess the bag/cushion cover I have started on will resemble the Cathedral Windows pattern as I am using a method called Japanese Folded Patchwork.

The parts are made up of circles and squares, and I have cut out a number of green circles, made a line of Running Stitch along the circle. I will place the smaller round cardboard card inside, pull the thread to gather it around the card, press it with a hot iron, insert some pink squares, fold over and have a square with curves. Together these squares will form circles...

For the back I will use this print I found in the UK. Some of the inserted squares will be made up of Indian brocade, fancy dress fabric with machine embroidery and sequins, and other scraps of pink.

NEW! Tvistsöm Cushion
I have fallen so in love with Tvistsöm that I want to make a cushion. I started copying the star pattern on my existing cushion, and will create a new pattern.

Considering it is still too hot and humid for my liking, I think I have had a good week.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 107: Tvistsöm - Vertical and Diagonal

Let's continue with last week's stitch, Tvistsöm. This time I will show you how to stitch vertically and diagonally.

Use the holes to count.

Tvistsöm - Vertical

This is stitched from bottom and upwards.
The first stitch is a compensation stitch.

End the column with a compensation stitch, in the middle.

To stitch a column at the side, come out one hole away to the right,
then turn the fabric.

Now start with a compensation stitch and work your way upwards like before.

End the column with a compensation stitch.

On the back the stitches are standing straight.


Tvistsöm - Diagonal

This is stitched on the bias from bottom and upwards. It is more complicated, but by paying attention to the holes, you will find the rhythm.

The first stitch is a compensation stitch.

End the line with a compensation stitch.

On the back the stitches are slanted.

Like last week, fill in areas on the
Aida Sampler
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Canvas Sampler

Friday, 13 September 2019

Friday Homework for Lesson 106: Tvistsöm - Horizontal

Wow! What a stitch! I LOVE it, and wonder why I have not learned it before. I feel tempted to make a cushion, filling the whole fabric with Tvistsöm, and work it in wool. Maybe something similar to a cushion I own, but which was not made by me.

Here is my homework:
Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
(I used waste canvas to help me get even stitches on the plain weave fabric)

Canvas Sampler
This took time to complete as the stitches are so small, but it was easy, relaxing and fun.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

WIPW - Getting Greener

Work In Progress Wednesday. Today I have some sewing progress.

Freeform Embroidery
is getting greener with seams of:
Fly Stitch, Scroll Stitch, Linked Chain Stitch, Underside Couching and Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch.