Sunday, 27 November 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 234: Fancy Brick Stitch

 It is time for another Canvas stitch, and once again I have picked one from the collection at the Badasscrossstitch blog. The stitch is called Fancy Brick Stitch and is worked like this:

The green and blue stitches use four holes,
the red three holes.


Begin with the stitches at the top.
Make a column of three stitches using four holes.


Move to the right and make another column.

Continue until you have filled your area, 
or the 'block' you want to make.

Next use Running Stitch to make a
line of horizontal stitches (using four
holes) underneath the columns. 
Notice the placement.

Make a similar set on the return
journey.

It is now time for the vertical 
stitches. Use Upright Straight Stitch 
to make two stitches between the 
light green ones.

Observe that you have to 'dig' underneath
the longer green stitches.

Finally, make another set of columns
similar to the ones at the top.

Here is your block.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

How about using only one colour?


Or two colours?



Homework:
Fill in a block on the Canvas sampler, 
as well as these three:





Friday, 25 November 2022

Friday Homework for Lesson 233: Romanian Macrame Petal Stitch

Well actually this is not a stitch in itself, but a combination. The edge of the petal is made up of #232 Romanian Macrame (Flower) Stitch, which we learned last week.  I like that part very much. Using that linear stitch on a curve is OK on plain weave fabric, but it looks horrid on Aida, as you will see below.

Stretching the warp stitches must be done with care or they will either sag or pull the fabric too tight. I was also reminded that to make nice weaving you need an even number of warp threads, 6, 8, 10, 12 etc and not 7 or 9!

However, you can weave in different ways, over and under the warp. Another way of 'weaving' is of course whipping each of the warp. Then you get a bulkier look.


Aida Sampler

See how pretty the straight line of Romanian Macrame (Flower) Stitch (top of picture) is compared to the curvy one used as the edge of the petal. Aida is NOT always an easy weave to work on!


Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

I think it looks good in two colours.


Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth

It is difficult to mark an outline on this fabric so I used a paper template to stitch the shape of the petal.





Wednesday, 23 November 2022

WIPW - Tofsar

This week's Work In Progress Wednesday report contains two projects:


Mandala

I stitched two more lines of Palestrina Stitch radiating out from the centre. One more to go. Then I will make another four lines with a different stitch.


Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

First I made 6 x #126 Sydd Tofs in wool. Then a five-petalled flower of #160 Portuguese Clover Stitch in salmon pink.






Sunday, 20 November 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 233: Romanian Macrame Petal Stitch



Do you remember last week's stitch, #232 Romanian Macrame (Flower) Stitch which is a knotted linear stitch? 
Click the link above to see the instructions.

Did you watch the video that was included in the blog post? Then you know that the knotted line of Romanian Macrame (Flower) Stitch is the outline of a petal. Today let's make that petal. 

Here is a Romanian Macrame Petal:

Draw the outline of a petal on a piece of fabric.

Stretch that fabric in a hoop and work a line of 

Romanian Macrame (Flower) Stitch along the line. 


Anchor the last stitch.

Make two Straight Stitches across the base.


With the eye on the needle go under
the Straight Stitches.

Make a double stitch between the
side and the bottom of the petal.


For the next stitch go under the two
Straight Stitches again.

Work your way around the petal.

Anchor the last stitch underneath the
]fan] you have just created..

Come out again just underneath the last 
pair of warp lines.

Start weaving from right to left, under
and over two pairs of the warp (four threads). 

Continue.



Return from left to right.

halfway up the petal, skip the last pair
and work only the inner warp threads.

Anchor the last stitch.
The more warp threads you have 
the more of a rounded hill look
you'll get.




OR
Weave over and under each pair of
warp threads for a more compact
look.


Homework:
Sprinkle petals on these samplers.