Winter in Sweden is cold and sometimes very gloomy, but most of all it is dark with few hours of daylight and little sunshine. Therefore December 13th is an important day in Sweden, when St Lucia comes with light. Read about Lucia here.
A couple of years ago I enjoyed creating a stumpwork portrait of the Queen of Light.
It was equally fun to dress Sunbonnet Sue up as Saint Lucia by using the five Sunday Stitch School stitches for this homework.
Work In Progress Wednesday, or should I call one part of this blog post, Wednesday Wind Up, as today contains a finish. That is one out of three areas that need to be finished before the end of January.
I am of course talking about Cathedral Windows
and the 31 inserts for the front of the bag I am making:
Next step will be the sides and here I will use the sewing machine to construct the basic 'origami'.
I wanted to make a bag that can be turned into a cushion, by stuffing a cushion filling inside. Just as I did the Mola bag. As you can see many of the batik scraps I used for the Mola bag have been used on the Cathedral Window, too. Don't they look friendly with Trinity Green, the green quilt made up of small triangles?
Crazy for Crazy
I made a set of Buttonhole Stitch, then added Bugle Beads and Straight Stitch.
I also couched down a strand of thick curly wool, in something that could be a single row of Cloud Filling.
It was not difficult to find thread for this week's homework - I had a whole bagful to chose from! You see, I have this generous friend who shared some of her beautiful thread collection with me. In the bag there were also Shisha mirrors, tatting and small lace ornaments, as well as lace and braid, and the most beautiful silk fabric.
I stand by my opinion that this is an easy stitch!
Having said that, I must admit that there are easier and less easy ways to stitch.
For the Corded Bar I found that if I stitched away from me, the working thread was easer to hold on to for the wrapping.
The result on the Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth.
Oh, how quickly Wednesday turns up again!
Since last week I have been busy and my projects were sidetracked by other things. Then before I had time to publish this blog post, someone got ill, and now it is already Thursday.
Not so much to show for Work In Progress (Wednesday) Thursday.
Crazy for Crazy
I just added a few beads.
I inserted six more pieces and now have a total of 18 completed.
I have been working on a new stumpwork portrait. Here is a peek view.
While I made the labels, with numbers and names, for the Sunday Stitch Schools Reference Chart last week, I also made a set of new labels to iron onto my projects. This is now on the back of my stumpwork portrait.
Welcome to stitch number 80 at Sunday Stitch School. Today we turn to Mary Thomas and her trusty Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches where I found Corded Bar.
There are two kinds, one used for Cut Work and Drawn Work. Then the stitch is usually known as Overcast Bar or Twisted Bar.
Mattia gave me the French names: Bride Surjetée or Bride Double
la semaine dernière c'était le "point de couronne".
We, however, are going to use it free form as an isolated stitch on Aida, linen, plain weave, felt, velvet or any other fabric of your choice.
First you make a bar of Straight Stitch (Satin Stitch) in a set of six, close together.
Then you whip the six strands together without biting the fabric.
Easy, wouldn't you say?
In free form you can of course make the stitches longer or shorter, thicker or thinner. Just change the number of stitches in the foundation bar, it doesn't have to be six.