Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 83: Mennonite Tack Stitch

There are so many things happening in December as the year comes to a close. So let's have an easy stitch this Sunday here at Sunday Stitch School.

Let's take a stitch out of Elizabeth Healey's excellent book Stitch, Fabric & Thread  -  the Mennonite Stitch.
This stitch is often used in Utility Quilting, i.e. a simple and fast way of keeping the three layers of a quilt, top, back and wadding together by stitching individual stitches on the surface and letting the thread travel inside the wadding to the next stitch.
It is a 'rough' form of quilting, but the Mennonite Tack Stitch can be used for embroidery, too.

This is how to work it:

Add Mennonite Tacks to these three pieces.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 82: Bokhara Couching

I finished my homework in the nick of time.

It was fun and easy to stitch, but I had to rush so the result is not as neat as I would have liked.

Aida Sampler
The large space between the holes makes Aida unsuitable for filling, but it was very easy to stitch and I quite like the grid-like look.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
 It was enjoyable to work free form.
On the brown and light blue rectangle I cheated of course, and used brown thread for the laid work and light blue for the couching. Also I did not pay attention to where I placed the stitches so I got a very modern free design there.

 Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth
For this pentagon design I used an old template. I added five long Straight stitches to define the shape.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

WIPW - Bottom and Sides

For Work In Progress Wednesday this time there is little to report.

Cathedral Windows
I have stitched on the bottom and the sides (well, a bit is still to do) by hand. That's all I have had time for.
No 'glass' inserts yet.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 82: Bokhara Couching

Once again Sunday Stitch School is focusing on couching, this time on the Bokhara Couching Stitch.
For this stitch we are not couching one thread in a single line for an outline, but filling in an area, e.g. a leaf.
The finished look has some similarity to the Bayeux Stitch, but you fill in the background at the same time as you do the Couch-As-You-Go stitch.

Draw the outline of the shape you want to fill, and some slanted lines inside.
I made parallel lines to guide the needle.

Come out at the bottom left corner, place the thread across the bottom of the shape to the right corner.
Come out on the left of the first parallel line, slightly above the laid thread.

Now take a Back Stitch over the laid thread and go in slightly below to the right so you have a slanted stitch.
Repeat with the next, and so on,

and work your way up
I will need to practice to get a tidier result...

I wonder how this will look on Aida! Try it out on the Aida Sampler.
The Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart and the Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth should be less of a challenge.