Friday, 3 February 2023

Friday Homework for Lesson 240: Dutch Cross Stitch

Like other stitches in the Cross Stitch family, the Dutch Cross Stitch is easy to do, especially on even weave or Aida fabric. 

It also looks good as a funny wonky stitch. I think it is a very flexible and enjoyable stitch - and it is easy to remember the instructions, to boot.

Aida Sampler

Doesn't it look good in wool?

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth
Wonky-wonky tumbling around the cloth.
Canvas Sampler
It is such a fast stitch I had time to fill in a block of Dutch Cross Stitch on the Canvas Sampler, too.
In fact, it was so fast that I made a careless mistake, which I am sure you can spot!

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

WIPW - Time for Hina

 For this week's Work In Progress Wednesday report I have been busy preparing for the HINA festival. 

Every year I make a few new ornaments to add to my mobile. You can read all about the HINA festival here.

I made the following HINA hanging decorations:
a wind chime (this is an image of the bell shaped wind chimes made of copper so common in Japan), a fan (uchiwa, a handheld fan made of bamboo and fabric) and a rabbit (the animal of the year, it is made in two parts, head and rear with tail, and a red bib in between).

Only three cups were made, sigh...

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Sunday Stitch School: Lesson 240 - Dutch Cross Stitch

Let's add a stitch to our collection of Cross Stitch. This one is called Dutch Cross Stitch. I have also seen it named just Dutch Stitch. 

It is an elongated upright Cross Stitch, similar to a capital X with a shorter straight bar across.

Check out the instructions at Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials or TRCs website.

Here is my photo tutorial:

An even cross is easy to make on Canvas or Aida where you see the holes clearly. For a wilder look, make the stitches free-hand on plain weave.


Add to these samplers.

Friday, 27 January 2023

Friday Homework for Lesson 239: Rolled Woven Picot

 This stitch is far from difficult, but it does need some time. As you work with a long thread your arm movements are tiring, too.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth