At one of the vendors at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival I saw a familiar thing used in an unfamiliar way. Darning mushrooms were used for embroidery.
I just had to try this out, and after returning home I dug up granny's darning mushroom.
I stretched the Freeform Embroidery over the head of the mushroom and stitched a line of Buttonhole Stitch.
It was easy as I didn't need to stretch the fabric in a hoop. Moving the area to be stitched so I had it in front of me all the time also went smoothly.
I had never thought of using a darning mushroom in this way, but I will use this technique in future, too.
Finding new and unusual stitches to try out is fun, it is not so fun to realise one has made a silly mistake in reading the instructions!
That is what I learned from my homework this time!
While wrapping the eight Straight stitches one should let the thread travel on the front instead of anchoring it. The result will be a proper cross.
I am sorry for the incorrect instructions in last Sunday's lesson.
Having said that, I personally think the wrong way is prettier, and the wraps sit much better when they are anchored at the beginning and end of each Straight Stitch.
Therefor I have let myself off the hook and here show two versions of Point â la Minute.
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth
This stitch has a bitter after taste, I don't think I like it very much. Sigh!