Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 37: Hungarian Stitch

Here at Sunday Stitch School, the geography lessons could go on forever, with all geographical names there are. Today we are moving Northwest from Rumania into Hungary with the Hungarian Stitch, which I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

It is used for Canvas Work and fills an area beautifully.

Now I wonder why it is called Hungarian Stitch. Most examples of embroidery from Hungary show very colourful, Satin Stitched floral designs.
Furthermore, today's stitch looks nothing like Hungarian Braid Stitch, a beautiful braid based on the Chain Stitch.
Instead it is similar to Hungary Stitch, which is also known as Bargello Stitch/Florentine Stitch (among other names). These stitches have an undulating flame-like pattern and can be seen on the borders of some Hungarian work. Is it from these borders the stitch has got its name?
Many questions the teacher can't answer today! Can the students?

Mattia tells me its French names are either point hongrois or point de Hongrie.

Anyway, let's get down to stitching.

Work Hungarian Stitch like this:

After 3 vertical Straight Stitches, jump one space and continue.

Make a similar row in a contrasting colour.

 Repeat row after row.

On my Aida sampler.

Fill a square on this 'fake' canvas.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 36: Rumanian Stitch

If only all homework involved such a lovely stitch as the Rumanian Stitch....

It was a delight to make this flower, and it was worked very quickly, too.

The stem is in Stem Stitch and the centre is filled with French Knots, the rest is all filled in with Rumanian Stitch.

In the picture below you can see why the stitch has the nickname 'Economical Stitch'; most of the thread is on the front.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Help! Please!


Please, I need your help to identify this stitch.
Have you seen it before?
Have you worked it?
Do you know its name?

As you can see it looks like the Stem Stitch, but it is worked like a staggered Back Stitch.

The difference is most obvious on the back.

A friend of mine showed me this stitch. It was taught to her in school in the South of England. Her needlework teacher was a skilled court dressmaker.

Is this a dressmaking stitch rather than one for embroidery? If you have any information, please let me know.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

WIPW - Reference Charts

I am doing catch up for Work In Progress Wednesday.

If you have not yet taken part in TAST, the online stitch course run by Sharon Boggon of Pintangle, I highly recommend it. A re-run will start in the new year.

In 2014 I made a TAST Reference Chart to have an easy-to-see chart from where I could pick suitable stitches for my various projects.

I filled in the various stitches up to #144, where I took a break.

Finally I have begun to do a number of the shelved stitches. Yesterday I posted about TAST 145, Whipped Chain Stitch version 1, and here it is on the Ref chart:
The second chart is now completely filled in, and I have labeled the third chart with numbers and names.

There are nine shelved stitches to fill in.


When I started the Sunday Stitch School, one of the promises to myself was to make a similar chart for those stitches, as stated on this first Lesson.

I have been too lazy to even prepare the grid chart, let alone, to fill it in. Last night I made the grid.
So now begins the hard work of filling in the 36 stitches I have posted so far:
 starting with # 1 Anundsjö Stitch

THIS will be my Work In Progress Wednesday project for some time.