Sunday, 17 November 2019

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Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 114: Ship's Ladder Stitch

Welcome. Let's go on a Stitch Cruise with today's Ship's Ladder Stitch.

I came across this stitch at Kimberley Quimet, where Kim says it comes from Mary Webb's book 'Embroidery Stitches'.

It's a simple combination of a line of vertical straight stitches, crossed by diagonal ones at each gap.

I began by marking the plain weave fabric with some lines.

Start stitching by making a line of Straight Stitch.
Take as small a bite of the fabric as possible at each intersection.

Place a diagonal Straight Stitch across the line
so you cover the little bit of fabric at each intersection.

Worked on counted fabric, the spacing would be easier.

Add Ship's Ladder on each of these samplers.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Friday Homework for Lesson 113: Knotted Chain Stitch

Addictive, that is the best way to describe this stitch!

Aida Sampler

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

WIPW - Rip and R.I.P.

The report on progress this Wednesday is one of backward rather than forward.

Rip, rip, rip.... I have been ripping up the woollen yarn of my Tvistsöm embroidery cushion and the
Glowing Stars
project can now R.I.P. (Rest In Peace)

I could for my life not make the pattern fit, the triangles and the stars did not meet where they were supposed to.
Furthermore I noticed some flaws;  I had worked some of the crosses with the long arm from left to right and the others from right to left.

When I first learned the Tvistsöm stitches, it was such a delight to work the Sunday Stitch lessons and the samplers and I got inspired to start on the cushion.

Work on the cushion was OK until I started to add a few stitches here and there in different colours. It slowed down the process and I just got lost in the pattern.

Tvistsöm is SO different from ordinary Cross Stitch. There one stitch is a square, in Tvistsöm one stitch is a parallelogram (like an italic rectangle). Keeping track of the stitches on the graph pattern was difficult.

So I ripped up every stitch and fumed at the waste of yarn and time as I laid the Glowing Stars to R.I.P.

I will start all over again but with a pattern of blocks of colour. Hopefully I will enjoy it better and the result will be acceptable.

Circles Challenge
I have finished the three last blocks.
The next step will be to assemble the blocks before I can add the embroidery.

Freeform Embroidery
Because I spent so much time on ripping up the cushion embroidery, I have not had time to add more than two stitches on the Freeform Embroidery: Woven Cross and Chinese Cross.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 113: Knotted Chain Stitch

It's Sunday again, and today we have a morning lesson here at Sunday Stitch School.

The stitch today is a member of the Chain Family, who like so many others has married into the Knot Family.

It is easy to confuse the Knotted Chain Stitch with French Knotted Chain Stitch, (Sunday Stitch School #63),  which is a true combination of a French Knot and a Chain Stitch.

Neither is today's stitch to be confused with Knotted Cable Chain Stitch, which was one of the TAST stitches on Sharon Boggon's Pintangle. Both the working and the  result are different, though.

Mattia has supplied me with the French name: point de chainette noué.
Thanks Mattia.

I found the Knotted Chain Stitch on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread. Her instructions are as always clear and well worth checking out.

However, I have made my own:

The important thing is to make this loop.

either by wrapping the thread around your finger, which is Mary Corbet's way,

or around the needle, a method I like better.
Place the needle on top of the thread, 

then twist the thread so it goes underneath, like you can see in the picture.

Anchor the needle next to where the thread came out.

Tighten the thread into a knot around the needle.

Pivot the needle to make the first Knot and the first Chain Stitch.
Make sure to keep the thread to the right of the needle.
Pull through.

Make a new loop, 
tighten it into a knot,

Then make the second Chain Stitch

Continue until you have a nice line of Knotted Chain stitches.

Work Knotted Chain Stitch on these three samplers

Friday, 8 November 2019

Friday Homework for Lesson 112: Raised Close Herringbone Stitch

A great stitch! Easy and quick to do, and you get instant satisfaction. The only con is that it uses up a lot of thread.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

WIPW - Three More Circles

Work In Progress Wednesday, well there is not much progress in my work to report.

Circles Challenge
I have now completed 17 blocks for the circles and need three more. The parts have been cut but not stitched into blocks.

Freeform Embroidery
is also progressing at a snail's pace.
The three new additional stitches are: Square Boss, X-Ray Stitch and Smyrna Stitch.

Glowing Stars
I am working on the altered design.... sigh...

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 112: Raised Close Herringbone Stitch

In Japan autumn is here and leaves are falling off the trees. In other parts of the world it is spring and leaves are budding and unfolding.

So how about a nice leaf stitch to celebrate the seasonal changes?

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch is just such a nice stitch. I found it in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2.

Work it like this:
Mark a leaf design on the fabric.
Make a vertical Straight Stitch at the bottom.
Take the needle out at the tip of the leaf.

Go under the Straight Stitch without picking up any of the fabric, from right to left.

Then take a horisontal stitch from right to left at the top.

Go under the Straight Stitch again, 

and again, and again, and again...
following the shape of the leaf.

until you have filled in the whole leaf.

Add a Straight Stitch for the stalk.

these three samplers want some leaves!

Friday, 1 November 2019

Friday Homework for lesson 111: E Laced Edging

This stitch is easy to make and is so pretty, especially when worked in two different colours.

I do not know where this stitch got its name from, and I can assure you I did not name it. It has been pointed out to me that it is a name to avoid...
From now on I will refer to it as E Laced Edging, E for Elegant, Energetic, Economic, East, Editor, Earth, Efficient, Elder, Eleven, Eyelid, Extra, Elastic, Eighty, Elbow, Efficient, Egg, Emergency, Easter, Eel, Embassy, or why not Embroidery?

 Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches: 106 - 110

It took two weeks to complete this homework. Not because it was hard or time consuming, I just had to deal with too many other things.

Nevertheless, here is Sunbonnet Sue without her bonnet. She has removed it because she had to let out her curly hair to brush out the tangles.
Sue is a young teenager with a newly awakened interest in her SELF, hence the frantic brushing of her hair. As you can see she still carries some of her puppy fat and is dressed in the home knitted ensemble Granny made her for Christmas.
I bet Sue will soon be on a diet, in torn jeans, bedecked with body piercing, false eyelashes, chewing gum in her mouth and loud music in her ears...

Hopefully Sue's Mum will keep the beautiful ensemble, in tissue paper and mothballs in a box in the attic. Then the day Sue has grown into a young mature woman she will find it and appreciate her caring Granny's knitted gifts!

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

WIPW - A Few More Crosses

There isn't much to report on Work In Progress Wednesday.

Freeform Embroidery
I have added a few more stitches from the Cross Family.
They are: Sorbello Stitch, Eastern Stitch and Upright Cross Stitch.

Circles Challenge
I have stitched down some of the curved edges.

Glowing Stars
I have to re-draw the pattern. I must have miscalculated my previous plan. For some reason I have not understood yet, the heart patterns I had intended to add do not fit into the pattern!
No new stitching has been done yet.

It's been a week too messy to do any serious work. Sigh!