Sunday 31 July 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 220: Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch

Trust Sharon B at Pintangle to give you nice stitches to try. Here is her Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch. It has not yet been used as a TAST stitch so I will add it to my Sunday Stitch School collection.

As the name suggests, it is basically a Herringbone Stitch, where you add a Back Stitch like this:

Add a Back Stitch.

Add a Back Stitch.

Think of all the things you can do with those Back Stitch lines, adding beads, fringes, Buttonhole Stitch...

Add to these samplers:

Friday 29 July 2022

Friday Homework for Lesson 219: Two-sided Italian Cross Stitch

 I really like this as a filling stitch on the Canvas Sampler, but it is beautiful as a single row or a border stitch, too.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Mottled Wool Sampler

Canvas Sampler
Isn't it nice?

Wednesday 27 July 2022

WIPW - A Cornucopia Spills Out

There is only one project to show progress on for the Work In Progress Wednesday.

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

One place of the design is almost like a cornucopia, so why not let it spill out lots of beautiful individual stitches? More to come next week.

#84 Star Darn Stitch (yellow), #209 Padded Cross (orange), #80 Corded Bar (teal) and #86 Anklet Stitch (beige).

Sunday 24 July 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 219: Two-sided Italian Cross Stitch

 Are you already familiar with the Royal School Of Needlework's new stitch bank?

Today's stitch was found there, and it is a good idea to look at the illustrations, the photo tutorial and the video to see how useful this website is.

You will find all about Two-sided Italian Cross Stitch here. There are actually two methods. Why not try both and pick the one you find easiest.

This beautiful canvas stitch is also listed in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

Here is my photo tutorial:

This is the first part of the stitch. Now work the second stitch in the same way.

When you reach the end of the stitching line, make one more upright Straight Stitch.

As you can see each cross is flanked by a Straight Stitch on either side, hence the name Two-sided Italian Cross, but there is actually a Straight Stitch at the bottom, too.

Let the thread travel on the back of the canvas behind the stitches and start a new row below the first stitch.

This way you actually have the cross totally enclosed in a square. Maybe the name ought to be Boxed-In Italian Cross!


As this is a canvas stitch, add it to the canvas sampler. Add it also to these samplers.

Friday 22 July 2022

Friday Homework for Lesson 218: Pointed-tip Buttonhole Knot Flower

Each petal is easy to do and when several of them are arranged into a flower you have a beauty. I think this works very well with variegated thread.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Here I added some French Knots in the middle.

Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth

Wednesday 20 July 2022

WIPW - Limited Time

Limited amount of free time, which for me means time to stitch resulted in only one piece of progress for this Work In Progress Wednesday report.

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

#42 Rambling Rose Stitch, 11 of them, sneaked in among the linear stitches.


Sunday 17 July 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 218: Pointed Tip Buttonhole Knot Flower Stitch

There is a wealth of embroidery stitches, designs and stitch combinations in India. Lots of them can be found on the internet, on various blogs or on Youtube.

 I came across today's stitch at Let's Learn Embroidery and it is called Pointed Tip Buttonhole Knot Flower. It is a version of the Buttonhole Bar Stitch.

Check it out at the link above.

Here is my photo tutorial:

Use two threads in the needle, go from A to B.

Out at A.

Buttonhole Stitch over the lower of the threads only (no fabric).

In at C.

Turn the work and come out at B.

Buttonhole the other remaining stitch,  and go in at A.

If you want to make a stem, come out at D and 

in at A again.


Another method is to use ONE strand of thread in the needle.

Then you need to make TWO straight stitches, of course.

Turn the work and fill the lower thread with Buttonhole Stitch.

When you come to the end, if you anchor the stitch at D, instead of at A,
you will get a mirrored look of the two sides, instead of a stem.


Let flowers bloom on these samplers.

Friday 15 July 2022

Friday Homework for Lesson 217: Simplified Rice Stitch

 Simplified Rice Stitch is easy and fun, but on a fine canvas it takes time to use it as a filling stitch!

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth

Canvas Sampler