Tuesday, 28 April 2020

WIPW - Grateful to My Friends

This is the last Work In Progress Wednesday report for April.

Freeform Embroidery
I filled some void spaces with the following stitches: Corded Coral, Oyster and Figure 8.

Crazy for Crazy
 I assembled the new crazy quilt octagon block and dug out ornaments and buttons in purple and sharp violets/pink.
The beautiful lace bows and spray of flowers have travelled here all the way from Australia.
Some of the thread and the three pieces of patterned fabric have also made a journey, from the UK.
The buttons are salvaged from old clothes, but the pack of small Chinese knots were bought several years ago at Kanda Craft in Bakurocho (do you remember our outing Julie?)
This cq block will be packed with memories of good times with great friends!

Log Cabin Challenge
With Corona Watch on the News buzzing in the background I have made 10 new blocks. Total count now stands at 37 blocks.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 126 - 130

How quickly this five-week period of new stitches has passed. Let's repeat the stitches and then make a Sunbonnet Sue sampler.

Click on the title to go to instructions and homework.

126 Sydd Tofs
A beautiful fluffy stitch. It will add a new dimension to any embroidery.

 127 Amadeus Stitch
This, too, is so flexible in its 'put together into any constellation',  it will add a fresh look to traditional embroidery designs.

128 Four Legged Stitch
So basic, so useful, so easy, - and so tricky to unstitch, so be careful!

129 Olga's Petal Stitch
Wow! This was a totally new way of stitching. Can we call it surface drawn work?
Many shapes can be made, not only petals.

130 Antwerp Edging Stitch
Easy and quick, you can get two different looks depending on if you keep a tight tension or give the thread some slack.
It can be used not only on the folded edge, but as a surface linear stitch, too.

How can I best use these stitches for Sunbonnet Sue? Well, I got a nice idea from one of my blog readers!

Friday, 24 April 2020

Friday Homework for Lesson 130: Antwerp Edging Stitch

Quick work!

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

WIPW - Preparing A New Octagon Block

Work In Progress Wednesday

Freeform Embroidery
It was time for double Cast On Stitch, Madam Totsuka's Tasselled Chain Stitch and Scottish Cretan Chain to come out to play.

Crazy for Crazy
This fabric was pulled out for the next block.
Soft green with sharp violet.
What buttons, beads and ornaments do I have? I need to nose dive into my stash.

Log Cabin Challenge
9 new blocks were added to the pile.
Total count is now 27 blocks.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 130: Antwerp Edging Stitch

Do you fancy a linear stitch today? Here is an edging stitch, neat on a folded edge, but it can also be used on a flat piece of fabric. It is called Antwerp Edging Stitch and was found in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2.

Fold a piece of fabric and take
the thread out in the middle of the fold.

Take a stitch to the right in the fold,
away from you.

Loop the thread as you see in the 
Take a stitch inside the loop, towards you.

Pull through to make a knot.
Make a new stitch in the same way.

Actually you don't need to shape a loop with your finger, 
just insert the needle from left to right.

Pull the thread tight for a 'close to the surface' look,
or give the thread some slack to create a garland of loops.

 Instead of stitching over a folded edge,
you can of course take small bites of flat fabric
for a surface stitch.
The technique is the same.


Friday Homework for Lesson 129: Olga's Petal Stitch

I don't know if this week's stitch can be classified as a stitch or a technique. Anyway, Olga's Petals are surprisingly easy to stitch, and make nice flowers - or bugs!

That is what I think the stitch looks like on the
Aida Sampler
A row of cockroaches! Yuck!

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth
This is where I got the best results, so Olga's Petal Stitch is definitely best as a Freeform surface stitch.
I inserted a piece of fabric in the orange petal.
The pink flower was stitched using variegated thread and I covered the void in middle of the flower with a button.

If you watched the video in Sunday's lesson, you saw that Olga outlined her petals with knotted stitch. The video is very fast and I have tried to identify the stitch, but am not sure what it is. Could it be a mirrored Palestrina Stitch? Does anyone know?

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

WIPW - Pink Logs

Work In Progress Wednesday.

Freeform Embroidery
I added Algerian Eye Stitch, Anundsjö Stitch and single Cast On Stitch.

Crazy for Crazy
I think the added stitching, buttons and beading work mean this block is now completed.

Log Cabin Challenge
11 more blocks were assembled, three of them with pink logs.
Total block count now stands at 18.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 129: Olga's Petal Stitch

I was surfing YouTube and found a nice site of embroidery from, what I think is, Brazil. Artesd'Olga.
Among them was this beautiful petal made up of wrapped threads. I did not register a name for it, so will call it Olga's Petal Stitch.
Should you know the name, origin, or have any other information about this stitch, please leave a message in my comment box.

Here is a set of my instruction photos, and then there is a link to the excellent video itself.

You need to stretch the fabric in a hoop
and mark the outlines of the petal.
Then take a long thread and
come out at the bottom.

Fan out long surface stitches.

Repeat on the other side.

Take the thread out at the bottom, 

Insert the needle with the eye
(or change to a blunt tipped needle)
and wrap the working thread
around the surface stitches.

As you work your way upwards
skip a stitch (between red and blue)

you have wrapped the inner part
of the stitches so the petal keeps
its shape and the wrapping 
tapers towards the top.

Repeat on the other side.

Depending on the shape of the petal
(here an oval) and which surface stitches
you wrap, you can get various shapes.

The centre will always be open, and there you can of course add other stitches or insert a piece of fabric. A kind of Shisha Stitch if you like...

And here is the promised video link, enjoy!

Play around with the samplers.
How will Olga's Petal Stitch look on Aida, I wonder?

Friday, 10 April 2020

Friday Homework for Lesson 128: Four Legged Knot Stitch

 If ever you want a simple stitch, this is one to choose.

Easy and fun.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth

Here is a sample of the various stitches that resemble Four Legged Knot Stitch.
From the top left:
Knotted Loop, Sword Edging, Moss
Bottom: Sorbello and Four Legged Knot

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

WIPW - Building Log Cabin Blocks

What progress have I made to show for this Work In Progress Wednesday report?

Freeform Embroidery
In the upper right corner I added a scattering of stitches: Drizzle Stitch,  Loopy Flower Stitch and a bit to the left you can spot Q Stitch.

Crazy for Crazy
I worked on and near the lace.
Then added a few floral sequins and beads.

More work is needed.

Log Cabin Challenge
I started building blocks (almost like pre-fabricated units of a house?) by adding one log after another by hand; and No, I am NOT working as fast as Yoko Saito in the video I showed last week! That's OK, January 2021 is a long way away.
Seven blocks can be seen in the picture.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 128: Four Legged Knot Stitch

When this neat little stitch was first introduced on Pintangle, I didn't know if I should add it to my collection of TAST stitches, or include it in Sunday Stitch School.

Well,  Sharon Boggon, the creator of the most stimulating online stitch tutorial TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday), has not set it as a TAST stitch yet. I will therefore use it for Sunday Stitch School's #128.

Four Legged Knot Stitch is an easy stitch, but please keep in mind, it is a knotted stitch and that means hard to un-stitch.

This member of the Upright Cross Stitch family has similarities with some other stitches, like its distant cousin,  Knotted Loop Stitch (one of the TAST stitches which can also be found in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2).

I would also say it is similar to a Sword Edging Stitch, without the knot.

and for that matter the Mennonite Tack Stitch.

In spite of having six legs, the  Moss Stitch (#43) also seems related. The knot is, however, worked in a different way.

As for this distant relative,  the Sorbello Stitch, the legs don't actually cross, but are tied together.
In all the above stitches the threads form some sort of cross, with or without a knot in the middle.

Let's leave it at that and get started on the instructions for Four Legged Knot Stitch:

Stretch the fabric in a hoop
and start like this.

Place the needle underneath the vertical leg and the stretched out horisontal one. Wrap the working threat around the needle to form a knot.
Pull through.

Anchor to the left.


These samplers need a sprinkling of Four Legged Knots.