Wednesday, 24 February 2021

WIPW - A Birthday Present

 Here we are again, ready to report on Work In Progress Wednesday.

Crazy for Crazy

I pieced the two blocks.

Log Cabin Quilt

Another 12 blocks were selected, and assembled (after this picture was taken). Together with the previous four sets, I will have the first panel. I hope to show it next week.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

I prepared the new Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart. There are 45 boxes, and I have to find 45 new stitches to fill them with!


Do you remember the white circle of tatting lace with orange beads? It was too large to fit the white and orange Crazy for Crazy octagon block I recently completed. 

Instead I added a sting of orange beads and made a necklace out of it. This will be a birthday present.

Saturday Sightings of Spring

Here is a peep at the progress made. A complete report will be posted on Saturday.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 161: Ceylon Stitch

Here is a stitch often used in stumpwork. It is also good for filling in larger areas, but can be used as a band, too. It looks like knitting.

Other names are: Peruvian Knitting, Knitting Stitch.

Do you know any other name? If so, please leave a comment.

Work Ceylon Stitch like this: 

Make a long Straight Stitch.

Couch it down with the same thread.

Come out one step below the first one.
Go through the first loop, make sure you don't catch any fabric.
Keep the thread under the needle as if you were making a 
Buttonhole Stitch.


At the end of the line, anchor the stitch.

Start again on the left side. Here I have changed to a different
colour to make it easier to see the pattern.

Work your way from left to right, catching only 
the crossed loop of the previous line.

Anchor at the end of the line.

Continue in the same way. When you have 
finished the last line, go back
and anchor all the loops.

Finally you will have a line of 'knitting'.

The three samplers: 
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart and 
Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Saturday Sightings of Spring - 6

Work on the Jacquie Harvey design 'Promise of Spring' has continued, and this week I have been adding decorative stitches on the felt stems of my silk foundation.

Perle cotton #8 in three shades of green as well as a green metallic thread were used. There is mostly Stem Stitch, but I also used some other stitches as the fancy took me.

Next step will be to fill in the leaves.

Saturday Sightings of Spring  - well the first signs of the hay fever season are here. Gritty eyes, runny noses, sneezing, sleepless nights ... all because of the pollen of cedar trees.

Friday, 19 February 2021

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 156 - 160

Well, the Hyacinth Stitch just had to fill a pot of blue Hyacinths, both the flowers and the bulbs are made up of this clever stitch.

Portuguese Clover Stitch was useful for a rich belt.

All the three Invented Stitches can be seen in the skirt, but look at the hat, it is made entirely of Invented Stitch (Cross). By changing direction and size, and whether you make individual stitches or a continuous line, great patterns can be made.

For the outlines I have used Stem Stitch.