Every Monday I want to promote blog reading. The names of blogs I like have been written on pieces of paper, and today I picked two slips of paper from my box.
Monday, 30 August 2021
Sunday, 29 August 2021
Today I have a needlepoint stitch for you. It is beautiful. It also looks complex, and when you see the numbers on the stitch diagram your head might spin. However, with a little bit of patience and practice it is an easy stitch, well worth the effort.
If you intend to work on even weave fabric, take the help of waste canvas.
Jean Hilton has good instructions on Needlepoint Teacher.
Friday, 27 August 2021
No problem stitching the Snail Trail Stitch as it is so similar to Coral Stitch.
I had problems taking photographs, so there are too many shadows. Sorry.
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth
Thursday, 26 August 2021
I recently completed my crazy quilt project Crazy for Crazy, and now I want to write its history.
Block number 15 is in dark purple and beige/light green. You can see it in the bottom row.
The fabric in the centre, maybe it looks familiar? Yes, if you have followed my series of these blocks you HAVE seen this machine embroidered fabric before, but in different colourings. It is one of the swatches from a set of fabric a travelling salesman from Switzerland peddled in Africa.
There are four more pieces of fabric, all plain. One is cotton of 'no interest', one is matt silk, one is my mother's upholstery plush, and the final is velveteen. That velveteen has a history to tell.
In Japan weddings, and many parties, can be very formal affairs, so if there is a chance/risk/opportunity that you will be invited, you need at least one formal dress.
It was my love for purple, as well as flexibility and thrift, that made me fall in love with this Yamamoto Kansai two-piece dress in the sales. All clothes designed by this fashion guru are of high quality, and of course expensive. The good news is that if you wait for the sales, they are sold at a good reduction, this one was 80% off. I am no fashion nerd and knew I would wear this creation long after it was 'out of fashion' so it seemed a good investment.
The ensemble consisted of a skirt with gold embroidery on the hem, and a blouse also sporting the same embroidery on the collar, cuffs and down the back. The front had a shirt design, could be buttoned all they way up for a strict look, open at the neck, or totally unbuttoned and worn like a jacket with a camisole or sequinned top underneath. The back was longer and had tails, yes just like a man's tailcoat. I saw the potential - it was possible to combine these two items, or wear the blouse with a plain skirt, or elegant slacks. Here was a puzzle wardrobe.
I bought it about 30 years ago, wore it to numerous events until the blouse gave up several years later. The skirt, with its sturdy lining was still fine, as were the cuffs and the collar of the blouse. I didn't want to say 'sayonara' to a favourite item.
Then came the idea of making a jacket in purple velveteen, and use the collar and cuffs as decoration to tie the jacket to the skirt. For the same kind of flexibility as the original blouse, I can remove the collar and cuffs.
The crazy quilt block has quite a lot of decoration on it. There are floral and square sequins, bugle, seed and soroban beads, metallic braid, a lace butterfly ornament and three flowers. These were originally beige and I wanted them to be purple. What to do? Colour them with wax crayon and set with a hot iron! The flowers are attached to stems of Portuguese Stem Stitch. There is a length of Waved Chain Stitch, two fabric covered buttons and I also stitched a Webbed Wheel.
It took a bit over a month to make the block, between 10 June and 29 July 2020.
I am happy that these people helped me along the way: Yamamoto Kansai, Jacquie, Sylvia, Mum, Verena, Maureen, Sharon, Auntie, Mrs S and all of you, of course.
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
It is time for a Work In Progress Wednesday report.
Log Cabin Challenge
I have started using the second reel of thread.
14 blocks were quilted, they are marked in brown in the note book.
Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler
I used a template and drew six curved drops on either side of the star. The shapes were filled in with #168 Croatian Stitch.
Monday, 23 August 2021
Every Monday I want to promote blog reading. The names of blogs I like have been written on pieces of paper and today I picked two slips at random from my box.
Many years ago I met Anneliese online in the comments section of TAST, then started following her blog.
Oh, Stitching Lady is so creative! At this blogspot you will find great examples of how she has used the TAST stitches, e.g. she has draped stitched fabric over pebbles, she has made baubles and other hanging ornaments, textile chocolates and fabric books.
Talking of books, she once added textile objects to the illustrations of a children's book, Rapunzel, if I remember correctly, with the long braid of hair coming down the tower...
Anneliese also stitch by machine and has made a smart cover for her piano keyboard, hilarious machine appliqué and quilting designs, fabric boxes and masses of bags (which she shares the tutorials for).
For a while she had a weekly post called WOYWW = What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, with a photo of her latest work in progress - in progress, so to speak, messy or tidy, always colourful and vibrant.
On this blog you will also find knitting and cooking/baking, as well as photographs of beautiful landscapes around Europe.
Sunday, 22 August 2021
Quiz: What stitch is this?
Answer: Yes, you are right. It is Coral Stitch.
Now I am at a dilemma, is today's stitch a new stitch or Coral Stitch?
The thing is, that Coral Stitch has many names, one of them is Snail Trail Stitch.
I have noticed a difference, though, in the spacing.
When you insert the needle at a wider angle and bite into more fabric you get this 'Twisted Chain' look.
So I want to keep calling the purple stitch seen above Coral Stitch,
and use Snail Trail for the blue stitch.
The best pictorial instructions I have come across are at Kimberly Oimet.
Let a Snail leave Trails on these samplers.
Saturday, 21 August 2021
This homework took a bit longer than I had anticipated, and I did not complete the work on the Canvas Sampler.
Here are the other samplers, though.
Thursday, 19 August 2021
I recently completed my crazy quilt project Crazy for Crazy, and now want to write its history.
'Look!I like!This dress, very pretty.You like?Pink very beautiful, girl colour, flower and lace, romantic...I want to buy, my mother NO!Too much money!I want work fashion shop...'
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
This is a new Work In Progress Wednesday report showing progress on
Log Cabin Challenge
Fortunately enough I had time to quilt 21 blocks (marked in yellow) and you can see there is not much thread left on the bobbin. I have the next reel standing by.
Monday, 16 August 2021
Every Monday I want to promote blog reading. The names of blogs I like have been written on pieces of paper, and today I picked two slips at random from my box.
Sunday, 15 August 2021
Welcome to a new lesson.
Today's stitch is called Woven Stitch, so will we be weaving? No, we will learn a stitch that LOOKS like weaving. I found it at a website called Needlepoint for Fun.
This is a very easy stitch, a bit like Cross Stitch, you stitch one row of slanted stitches and then return, but one hole up and askew. You can find the instructions for Woven Stitch at Needlepoint for Fun, but I will of course display my own photos here.
Friday, 13 August 2021
The last Sunbonnet Sue Sampler I made was a sunbonnet.
This time, for the most recent five stitches, I wanted to put them in a similar sampler - a bonnet. This bonnet is not for sheltering Sue from the sun though, but from prying eyes. I made a mourning hat where the Fancy Stitch would make a good veil.
The pandemic is far from over, too many people across the Globe have been devastated by the high death toll, too many people have lost a loved one, too many people have wanted to put on morning wear but not been able to attend funerals or take a proper farewell.
This mourning hat is a symbol of this sadness and sorrow.