Friday, 28 February 2020

Friday Homework for Lesson 123: Indian Edging Stitch

A non-stop stitch! Once you get the hang of it, you don't want to stop.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

WIPW - A Greeting Card

Staying indoors, rejecting all social events and gatherings in the wake of the Corona virus outbreak, I have the following to report for Work In Progress Wednesday.

Tvistsöm Cushion
Now completed row #38.

Freeform Embroidery
Two stitches were added: Spiked Knotted Cable Chain Stitch and Vandyke Stitch.

Greeting Card
I made a modern greeting cards out of scraps of felt.

'Anonymous' is looking for a quilt pattern.

Someone ('Anonymous') left a comment on a blogpost from 2015.
She wanted to know the name of this patchwork block pattern on a quilt I had seen at Tokyo International Great Quilt Week 2015.

I have searched high and low, but not been able to find the name of the block.
Does any of my readers know? If so, please leave a message.

Using a graph paper and pencil one should be able to draw the pattern. I think this would be a good English Paper Piecing project.

So, Dear 'Anonymous', as I can't contact you by email, check back here later to see anyone has left a clue in the Comments.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 123: Indian Edging Stitch

Today I want to share an Indian stitch which I found on YouTube, and also at Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials.
It is called Indian Edging Stitch. 
It looks complicated, but after making a few stitches I found the rhythm.
From there on, it became addictive.

Begin by making a horisontal Straight Stitch, 

then come out below the middle of it.

Starting from the left corner, 
make a slanting 'Chain Stitch' .

Make a horisontal Straight Stitch,
starting from the right side,
and coming out in the lower middle hole, above the first Straight Stitch.

Insert the tip of the needle in the hole at the top,
come out a bit above it,

then make a Twisted Chain Stitch.

Anchor at the top,

Make a new stitch to the right.

Continue in the same way.

Add to the three usual samplers

Friday, 21 February 2020

Friday Homework for Lesson 122: Needle Weaving Bar

Easy, fun and with great potentials. I love the Needle Weaving Bar!

Aida Sampler
I made straight, twisted and arched versions.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
A blue arch, but the brown is straight.

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth
This is where I went wild and built up a mass of three dimensional things.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Embroidery Tip - Darning

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.

Monday, 17 February 2020

WIPW - Necklace

Work In Progress Wednesday report:

Freeform Embroidery
I added Threaded Cable Chain Stitch and Twisted Lattice Band.

Tvistsöm Cushion
I have completed row #36.

I made this necklace from scraps of fabric. The beads are part of a broken string of beads my Mum once had.
I bet they are happy to get a new life here!

Birthday Cards
I made two simple birthday cards.

Later I decorated the oval window frames with fancy tape.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 122: Needle Weaving Bar

If you have taken part in TAST you will probably have made Needle Woven Picots. Today we will weave a bar in a similar fashion. I found the Needle Weaving Bar in Embroidery Stitches A - Z 1.

First make a loop.

Instead of a pin, use a thread (green) to loop

and stretch the (purple) thread.
Take the purple thread out in the first hole.

Weave up

and down over the two purple bars.

When you reach the end

release the purple thread from the green loop.

Stretch the bar, 
or let it form an arch, 
or twist it to form a 'screw'.
Then anchor it. 

Remove the green loop thread.

Add to these three samplers

Friday, 14 February 2020

Friday Homework for Lesson 121: Point â la Minute

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.

Aida Sampler

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!

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

WIPW - Scraps and Plans

Wednesday, time to publish this weeks Work In Progress Wednesday report.

Freeform Embroidery
I added a line of Spanish Feather Stitch and another one of Triangular Buttonhole Stitch.

Tvistsöm Cushion
Just started on row 35.

Hina Dolls
As I blogged about yesterday, I have completed three new Hanging Hina Dolls.

At the quilt show in Tokyo Dome I bought some plastic cupped discs and will use them together with fabric scraps to make a necklace.

Birthday Cards Plan
I have also started preparations for two birthday cards that need to be stitched up asap.