Welcome back to another geography lesson at Sunday Stitch School. We are still in the Asia region and will focus on Japan with this Japanese Stitch found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
There, it is grouped in the section of Solid Filling Stitches, but I think it would be a good canvas stitch, too. Basically it is a slanted Satin Stitch.
Of course it also features in the Japanese publication, Nihon Shishu wo Tanoshimu, as well as on various Japanese websites, for a bit of light reading, check this out.
The Japanese name for this stitch is Wari Nui 割繡い.
No Swedish name has been found.
Work it like this:
and on my Aida sampler
you can see that it is not suitable for Aida cloth which has a wide grid.
It looks much better on Canvas
and on a tightly woven fabric,
here in Japanese embroidery style, but using perle on cotton.
1) a challenge of 'real' Japanese embroidery with proper flat silk and kimono silk fabric.
Student: Phew, phew. I'm sorry I'm late. Here's is my homework.
Teacher: You'd better have a good excuse for handing in your homework a day late.
Student: Well, yesterday my brain boiled dry in the heat.
Teacher: I've never heard such rubbish!
Student: But it's true, Miss, I promise.
Teacher: Stop wining and hand over the work.
Student: Here it is.
Teacher. Hm, not too bad considering the overcooked brain. I'll give you, 'Pass'.
Student: Oh, thank you, Miss.
Welcome to another geography lesson at Sunday Stitch School.
We are still focusing on China, and will work the Chinese Knot Stitch. Its other names are Blind Knot and Forbidden Stitch.
Mattia tells me these are the French names:
- point de nœud de Pékin
- point de nœud aveugle
- noeud oublié
In Japanese Embroidery (Nihon Shishu) the stitch is called 輪相良繡い(sorry uncertain of pronunciation) according to Toshiko Nagayama's book 'Nihon Shishu wo Tanoshimu'.
Swedish name, Kinesisk Knut.
It is basically a French Knot with one wrap round the needle - a 1/2 French Knot? The name Blind Knot is said to come from the fact that the stitch is small and difficult to see. The Forbidden Stitch because the tiny stitch is forbiddingly small.
This is a free school and you can skip this lesson and this stitch!
Anyway, this is an easy way to work it:
Tighten the fabric in a hoop.
Use both hands.
Pull the thread tight.
Place the needle underneath the thread,
wrap the thread over the needle away from you.
Insert the needle near where you came out.
Pull the thread tight.
You have your first knot.
Make another knot nearby.
Make more knots close by.
Not so neat on the Aida sampler.
Use this silk thread and this this kimono silk to make a nice pattern.
Take plenty of rests to rest your eyes!
Are you ready for another stitch at Sunday Stitch School?
I thought it was time for a challenge stitch, one of those I have tried and failed many times, and stubborn as I am, just felt I needed to master. It is the Braid Stitch, and also goes by the names of Cable Plait Stitch, Gordian Knot Stitch, and in Swedish, Bandstygn. French names: Point de Galon or Point de Nœud Gordien.
In most illustrated embroidery books there is drawing of the Braid Stitch,
Although very clear I have never managed to control the twist of the thread.