Wednesday, 21 March 2018

WIPW - Good Progress

I have a lot to show for Work In Progress Wednesday this week.

Crazy for Crazy 
is getting dressed up.

Compare last week's progress with the present state.




 More 'bling' will be added!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 55: Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch

Attention: This is a long post with many pictures!

Here is your last lesson of historic stitches, well for the time being at least.

We are looking at a stitch in one of the most controversial stitch families, Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch of the Buttonhole-Blanket Clan.

For further reading about the Buttonhole and Blanket stitches, how they differ and how their names cause so many discussions, please check out Mary Corbet's article at Needle 'n Thread.

(My impression is that on a hand hemmed blanket, where the space between the bars is wide, the stitch might be called Blanket Stitch.
The same stitch,  worked tightly together, just like the enforcement stitching around a buttonhole would be Buttonhole Stitch, ...
BUT for embroidery I use the term Buttonhole Stitch whatever the spacing!)

Now, let's focus on the Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch.
French names: point de feston tailleur or  point de boutonnière.

I have had a look at several of my stitch dictionaries and found various alternatives.

These five books contain five different directions for the stitch, sometimes resulting in the same look, sometimes with a totally different appearance.

First out is
Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches

The Embroidery Stitch Bible
teaches this method
(brown thread)

Reader's Digest Complete Book of Embroidery
(red thread)
the knotted edge is very pretty

Japanese book called Shishu (刺しゅう)
(blue thread)

Another Japanese book, Kiso-no-stechi, (基礎のステッチ) (Basic Stitches)

  • Four of them are worked from left to right, only the blue is worked right to left.
  • Two of them have the knots at the bottom, three at the top
  • In the first three you stitch towards you, in the two Japanese stitches (the last two) the needle is inserted away from you
  • In the red stitch the knots have a nice knitted look

So the HOMEWORK will be to:
Try them all out
Pick a favorite
Work a row on the Aida sampler
Fill in a square on the Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Make a couple of button holes or
Play around with free form embroidery

Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 54: Tramming

Tramming was easy and the result is a nice raised line of stitches.

Aida sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Linen Table Runner

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

WIPW - Light purple

Work In Progress Wednesday.

Crazy for Crazy

I first made a blank block of light purple pieces, ribbon, ric-rac and a tufty braid that I injected in a seam in four arches.
I basted some waste fabric along the edges so that the block will sit nicely in a hoop.

The ric-rac was fastened with Buttonholed Fly Stitch.
With minty green silk thread I made a woven circle. This will be framed and decorated further.

I followed the instructions for this 'visible mending' in a most magnificent book by Elizabeth Healey.

'Stitch, Fabric & Thread' is jam-packed with ideas and how-tos, it is a most inspirational book with excellent instructions. Many of Elizabeth Healey's ideas will find their way into this Crazy for Crazy quilt.
Apart from teaching a lot of practical things, the book contains a wealth of information about each technique. E.g. there are six pages on Mola and while making the Mola bag, I not only learned how to do the reverse appliqué and an alternative in felt,  but also found out a lot about the Cuna Indians and their situation.

The purple flower is a cut-out from a piece of lace. So far I have only added a few green stitches, there will be beads added at a later stage.
A spray of Feather Stitch is the foundation to a sprig of flowers.

More progress next week.