Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 23: Whipped Running Stitch

Welcome to Sunday Stitch School's lesson of the week. Today we are playing it safe with a stitch that many learned already in nursery school, Whipped Running Stitch.

It can be found in almost any basic Stitch guide. In several books it is also known as Cordonnet Stitch. Do you remember that name from Lesson 19: Satin Stitch Outline?!

In Swedish it goes under the names of Snodda Förstygn or Förstyng med Kastsöm.

Obviously you start with a line of Running Stitches, then whip them with a thread of contrasting colour or texture:

Easier than easy!

On my Aida sampler I used a dull purple and pistachio green perle 8.

On this plain wool fabric, doodle lines of Running Stitches.
Whip them using a collection of fancy threads (from Oliver Twist's orange set) and chenille (from  Art Fiber Endo of Kyoto).

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018 - Partnership Quilt project - Tree of Life

It is time to make a quilt block for NHK's Partnership Quilt Project at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018, to be held in Tokyo Dome in January next year.

More information can be found on the official website.

Under the tag NHK, above, you can read about this project and see my previous entires.

The theme this time is TREE OF LIFE.

In the recent TV program and on the website, the suggestions are many and free. 
What is Tree of Life? 
It could be the tree itself, it could be the leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds.... 
It could be the birds and animals that live in the tree. 
It could be the carved grafitti on the trunk. 
It could, I guess, even be a family tree!

Made by Harue Yumoto

Made by Misako Sano

My entry 2017 (Gardening)

For anyone who wants to send in and donate a block to this charity quilt project, here are the rules:

  • one block per person
  • 15 cm x 15 cm for the motif, add a seam allowance of 1-2 cm on all sides
  • flimsy block, i.e. no wadding, no quilting
  • your name should be written with pen in the seam allowance of the lower right hand corner
  • your block should have reached NHK by 31st July, 2017
  • enclose a note with your name, address, tel no, email address
  • (for entries within Japan) if you also enclose a pre stamped Japanese postcard (62 yen) with your name and address filled in, it will be returned to you with the number of which quilt your block has been added to
  • send to:

Partnership Quilt
NHK Sutekini Handmade
2-2-1 Jinnan
Tokyo 150-8001

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 22 - Vault Stitch

The Vault Stitch is not difficult in itself, but for some reason it was hard work to fill this little square:
There are too many mistakes to show an enlarged picture! Instead of using the measurements in Mary Thomas's book, I should have adjusted the stitch to fit perfectly into this square. Then, the stitch would have looked different, though.

Anyway I have completed the homework and I am pleased with the look, and just hope no one ever holds up a magnifying glass to see in detail.... all the flaws!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WIPW - Rip, rip, rip

Work In Progress Wednesday is all about

Trinity Green

where I have continued to rip, rip and rip off the paper on the back.

Last week's picture:

This week's photo:

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