Sunday 26 May 2024

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 289: Armenian Edging Stitch

As I was browsing through A to Z of Embroidery Stitches 2, I found an edging stitch I have not yet used - Armenian Edging Stitch. It is included in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, too.

There are also several videos online should you want to watch an 'action instruction'. Or have a look at my photo instructions:

Add the edging to a stitched hem, or fold the fabric like this, or stitch over a raw edge.

Take the needle out from behind the fold.

Come out again from behind, next to the previous stitch.

Leave a loop,

Twist the loop into a figure eight. Make sure the thread that exits the fabric is on top of the other part of the loop.

Insert the needle in the lower part of the '8'.

Pull tight until you have a little knot.

Make another stitch in the same way.

You can also leave a bit of slack, and aim at perfectionism, but leave it be if it is hard to get the stitches even.

Another thing you can do is create a 'real' lacy look - stitch in the empty loops.

At the end of the line, turn the work and stitch in the other direction and so on.

Wouldn't it be nice on the edge of a handkerchief?

Homework: Add to these samplers.
Well, swap the Aida Sampler with binding, as it is now complete, for the other piece of Aida. Why not remove the whipped hem and work the Armenian Edging Stitch along the raw edge?

Friday 24 May 2024

Friday Homework for Lesson 288: Fairy Lights Stitch

There are so many things you can do with a line or two of Running Stitch! These laced stitches do indeed look like fairy lights, they are so charming.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth

Wednesday 22 May 2024

WIPW - Binding the Aida Sampler

 Work In Progress Wednesday. 

Rescuing the Sweater

I have continued re-stitching/knit-stitching(?) the white yarn on the sweater. The front and back are now OK, but I found that the sleeves needed extensive work, too. As you can see the original white yarn wasn't placed inside the blue stitches. 

I sometimes wear a shirt underneath the sweater and the buttons on the cuffs have been tangled up with the yarn.

That is why the entire restoration work is done over the blue areas to avoid future snags.

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

#286 Reversed Chain (variegated green and red) and #287 Reversed  Chain Stitch with Buttonhole Edging (grey, turquoise and purple)

Sunday Stitch School Aida Sampler

This piece of Aida has now been filled so I added binding to the edges and have prepared a new piece of Aida for the next sampler.

Sunday Stitch School Aida Sampler

This is the sampler I use to test the various Sunday Stitch School's new stitches on Aida. The square is now filled so I stitched on a binding around the edges.

Sunday 19 May 2024

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 288: Fairy Lights Stitch

Let's learn a stitch from Sarah's Hand Embroidery Stitches - Fairy Lights Stitch.

You need two lines of parallel Running Stitch for your foundation. Then the lacing can begin.

Look at my photo tutorial or check out the link above.

Homework: Fill here.