Friday, 30 September 2022

Friday Homework for Lesson 226: Badass Star Stitch

The larger the grid the easier this stitch it. On a finer scale, one might miss a hole just because it is difficult to see between the stacked stitches.

I also scaled down the design to make smaller stars. They are neat, easy to do and fast as well.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

WIPW - Plodding Along

 Work In Progress Wednesday - I am plodding along and have made the following progress:

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

I added three linear stitches. They are #27 Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch (bottom stitch), #68 Scottish Cretan Stitch (brown) and #55 Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch (variegated pink/blue)

I am continuing with the beaded cut-out pieces of sari silk.

Sloppy photography, tired photographer!

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 226: Badass Star Stitch

 First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for the kind responses to my latest Sunbonnet Sue post. Although grief is obviously very hard to handle, we have to accept that death is a natural part of life.


Now let's move on.

I know it is not Christmas yet, but if you want to stitch something starry here is Badass Star Stitch. This is another stitch I picked up from BadassCrossStitch. You can see Shannon's neat stitch sample and diagram if you click on the link.

In the name of fairness, I also want to tell you about the instructions for this stitch at Pumora, where Anne calls it The Star Shaped Rhodes Stitch. 

Here is my hand-drawn diagram based on Shannon's graph:

(However, I must admit that I am questioning if numbers 51 and 52 are needed - in Shannon's photo it looks like she has not stitched those last two numbers that are in her diagram...)

If you are familiar with the Rhodes Stitch or Walneto Stitch you know how to work your way around the shape - just follow the diagram.

Isn't it beautiful?

After having tried it out, I found that this stitch is a real 'thread eater'. You have as much thread on the back as on the front, which I think is a bit wasteful. 
There is a way to solve this - change the stitch order to this: 

and see how little thread is needed on the back:

The front, though, is just as beautiful.

Please don't be intimidated by this stitch, it really isn't difficult at all. Just make sure you stitch on something with a clear grid, like Aida (or use waste canvas) and have 18 holes between #1 and #2. The rest will work out by itself if you follow the numbers on the graph.


Let the stars shine on these three samplers.

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 221 - 225

Friday No, Saturday Revision Homework. It is past midnight here in Tokyo, and I didn't make it in time to hand in my homework on a Friday. Well, it can't be helped...

A typhoon is approaching and the rain is pelting down. In the homework picture, rain is falling on Sunbonnet Sue, too. I guess tears are also falling from her eyes.

In recent months so many of us have lost someone, be it a beloved Queen, a politician with diplomatic skills extraordinaire, a heroic soldier, a victim of flooding, a reluctant soldier, a small child swept away in torrential rain, a tortured civilian, or in my case, a family member passing quietly...

Apart from these five stitches, I have used Stem Stitch and Running Stitch.

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

WIPW - Bejewelled Sari Silk

I am sitting here yawning after a LONG day's work. That is why I don't have as much progress to show for Work In Progress Wednesday as I would have liked.

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

I only added one item - a row of #26 Zig-zag Stitch in grey.


Through my Canadian Connection, I have come by some real treasures. Look at these cut-outs of bejewelled sari silk.
Together with a bobbin of metallic braid in turquoise, they will be added as petals on the Mandala.

So far I have added two.

This is elegant recycling, or what?

Sunday, 18 September 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 221 - 225

Recently Sunbonnet Sue was gardening. Now it is time for her to illustrate another summery of five stitches, namely:

221 Sarah's Triple Chain Stitch (click the title to see instructions)

A fancy way of using 3 x Chain Stitch!

222 Detached Chevron Stitch

When the Chevron Stitch is done as an individual stitch it looks rather different - and striking.

223 Whipped Fly Stitch Wheel

A Whipped Wheel based on the Fly Stitch will give you this decorative emblem-like stitch.

224 Guilloche Stitch

Stem Stitch + Threaded Satin Stitch + French Knot = Guilloche Stitch!

225 Overlaid Threaded Chain Stitch

This is easy, fast and attractive. Your tricky threads can come out to play, especially if the loops in your  Chain Stitch base are large.


Make a scene with Sunbonnet Sue to showcase these five stitches.

Friday, 16 September 2022

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

WIPW - Guidelines

How can time fly so fast? Has it anything to do with the heat? Once again Wednesday is upon me all of a sudden! Luckily I have some progress to show.

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler

#163 Canvas Stem Stitch (turquoise and brown) and #54 Tramming (red is worked with Tent Stitch and green with Cross Stitch).


The first thing I did was to baste guidelines radiating from the centre outwards to the edges of the velveteen.
Next, I appliquéd a turquoise 'yolk' to a raspberry pink and gold circle. This  'sunny-side-up' is now basted in the centre of the quilt and will be from where all sorts of things sprout.
I guess there will be a lot of embroidered appliqué and bias tape, braids and braid stitches...

The velveteen measures 90 cm x 125 cm, (or app 35" x 49" if that is a more familiar measurement).
Although this is a mandala, it will not be a round quilt, or a square one. Let's say the mandala will be floating inside a rectangular world...

Well, it is a start anyway.

Sunday, 11 September 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 225: Overlaid Threaded Chain Stitch

Here is another way to play with the Chain Stitch and two threads. The stitch is called Overlaid Threaded Chain Stitch, and I learned it from Shami of My Craft Works. She has a tutorial here.

You make a Chain Stitch row and then 

weave another thread through the loops as seen below:

It's easy-peasy and a good chance to use some difficult threads.


Friday, 9 September 2022

Friday Homework for Lesson 224: Guilloche Stitch


The Guilloche Stitch is much easier than one would think at first sight. The combination of these very simple and well-known stitches makes a nice design. On Aida or other kinds of fabric with a clear grid, it is easy to make this border stitch look even and neat.

Aida Sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

By the way, here is a tip for making the Satin stitches high enough to be threaded easily - stitch over a thick needle and you get a 'tunnel'.

Mottled Wool Scribble Cloth

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

WIPW - More Canvas Stitches and a NEW Project

I was lucky and had time to work on the 

Sunday Stitch School Stitch Sampler
and added more Canvas stitches. 

Here are #219 Two-sided Italian Cross Stitch (blue), #134 Chopstick Stitch (orange) and #169 Kerman Stitch (green). As you can see there is space left on the waste canvas ready and waiting for other stitches.

NEW! Mandala - a Wall Hanging
It is high time I started a new project. 
I had grey velveteen left after making the two-sided cushion:

I have also been gifted with some lovely bejewelled sari silk, and some transfer foil, which I want to add to this new wall hanging. 
I will put to use as much as possible from my own stash, as I don't want to spend money on new purchases. Shiny things, metallic thread, buttons and fabric with metallic print will be brought into play.

The lovely lady who gave me the sari silk and foil, she makes the most wonderful mandalas, so it is befitting that I use these decorative items for such a mandala.

I will also work on the design strategy I used for Vaxholmskudden, the cushion I made for a cousin of mine three years ago.
The strategy was to start in the middle and work my way outwards. A mandala is round so I will start with a circle in the middle of the wall hanging and then see where it leads to.

This project will take time and I am in no hurry, so be prepared for slow progress.