Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 29: Madam Totsuka's Loop Stitch

Here is my homework for Sunday Stitch School's Lesson 29.

A line of Madam Totsuka's Loop Stitch on my Aida sampler:

This stitch needs to be anchored properly and to be able to do so on Aida, you need to work in the woven areas between the holes...

Freeform embroidery:
I made a small floral display. The stitch works nicely in a circle for flowers and if the loops are large enough they could go for leaves. With small loops they make a very knobby stem.
I will definitely use this stitch for embellishing seams on crazy quilting.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

WIPW - Snake Guts

Work In Progress Wednesday. Time for a report:

It has been too hot to work during the daytime so I have let the midnight light burn while quilting

Trinity Green 
All the in-the-ditch quilting is done and I have something that looks like Snake Guts (intestine).
I am still pondering what to do with the 'tagliatelle' quilting. Free motion or Fancy Machine stitching?

NHK Partnership Quilt

I have completed the block for  NHK's Partnership Quilt project. As you may remember, the theme was Tree of Life.
It was hard to do on this small scale, 15cmx15cm, and I settled for round leaves and made one round Swedish flag.
Last day for a contribution is 31st July. Read more here.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sunday Stitch School: Lesson 29 - Madam Totsuka's Loop Stitch

Welcome to the Library at Sunday Stitch School.
Today I want you to have a look at another of Madam Sadako Totsuka's books: Totsuka Embroidery Stitch Book 12.

This book is devoted to the Loop Stitch and the Rosetta Stitch and a lot of arrangements.

A stitch called Loop Stitch (also known as Detached Chain Stitch or Knotted Loop Stitch) can be found in other stitch dictionaries.

Today's stitch is a different one all together. To keep them apart, I will give it the nickname of  Madam Totsuka's Loop Stitch. It is a version of the Chain Stitch.

To work it successfully you need plain weave fabric, a needle with a sharp tip and a thread that can be split:

Come out of the fabric and pierce the thread where it came out.

 Take the needle out a step below and place the thread underneath the needle.

 Insert the needle at the start, again piercing the thread.

 When you pull through, a loop is formed and anchored firmly.

 It should stand up like this
This is the basic Madam Totsuka's Loop Stitch.

To make a line, take the needle out at the bottom of that straight stitch, and repeat in the same way, making sure the loops are anchored firmly.

After a while you will have a line of loopy loops.

Your homework
will be to work
1) a line on the Aida sampler. Use a sharp tipped needle and fix the stitches securely as Aida is not really a suitable fabric to work on.

2) also work some free form embroidery on this scrap of batik.
I hope you will enjoy this 'new' stitch. Should you have seen it before and have a name for it, please let me know.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 28: Half Bullioned Chain Stitch

It's Friday here at Sunday Stitch School and I'll have to produce my homework for stitch #28 Half Bullioned Chain.

The task was to work it on my Aida sampler, and here it is:
There was no time, nor any energy to make anything else with the stitch - unfortunately.

I quite like the buttonhole look of the stitches.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Woolly Summer Blooms

Work In Progress Wednesday:

Trinity Green
I have only added a few new rows of straight line quilting - it's been too hot and humid to work on the bulky quilt.

Greeting Card
I made another greeting card with a basket of summer blooms. Most of them are made with wool and that, too, was a bit to 'woolly' to work in the heat and humidity of Tokyo.
 Most of my Appleton yarn is in muted tones, good for the basket and the greens, but the flowers needed a bit more colour and I added some perl and stranded floss.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 28: Half Bullioned Chain Stitch

Welcome to the Library at Sunday Stitch School. Tonight we are studying another of Ms Sadako Totsuka's books of altered embroidery stitches,
this one:
where arrangements on the Chain Stitch are explored.

I picked stitch #12 on page 15. It is really a combination of the Chain Stitch and the Bullion Knot Stitch on one side. I will therefore give it the unofficial nickname of Half Bullioned Chain Stitch, as Ms Totsuka haven't given it a name.

Work the Half Bullioned Chain Stitch like this:

Use a Milliners (or straw) needle
and stitch away from yourself.

Begin as you would with a Chain Stitch, but 

first wind the thread around the needle as many times as you want the Bullion Knot to be long.

Then pull the needle through and gently tighten the stitch into a nice and plump Bullion Knot.

Insert the needle where you started the Chain and come out in the same hole as you exited.

Form a new stitch in exactly the same way, until you have a line like this.

Your homework will be to make a row of the Half Bullioned Chain Stitch on your sampler. Should you find the time, please feel free to play around with this new stitch in a project.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 27: Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch

I'm here at the evening class at Sunday Stitch School to hand in my homework.

The task was easy - a row of Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitches on my Aida sampler.

To show off the Buttonholed legs I made them longer than the bare legs.

It's been a week packed with other things than sewing. I hope to have more time for my studies soon.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Straight Line Walking

Work In Progress Wednesday for July 5th shows how I have let Elna go Straight Line Walking on

Trinity Green

Yes, the walking foot is a great tool for stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. The bulk of the quilt, though, sometimes makes the foot take a step or two up onto the embankment of the ditch. It IS hard to control the mass of fabric there is in a bedside quilt when you quilt on a domestic sewing machine in a crowded workspace.

The Tagliatelle (strips of turquoise fabric) will eventually be trodden all over by the free form quilting foot.
 This is the quilting seen from the back. On the right the quilting is tighter as I have quilted both sides of the Tagliatelle, I have to do the remaining lines on the left later in the week.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 27: Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch

Welcome to a new term at Sunday Stitch School. Last term we covered A-Z of stitches.

Today we will start the lesson in the library. I have a pile of books I want to introduce you to:
戸塚刺しゅうステッチBOOK/Totsuka Embroidery Stitch Book

Sadako Totsuka of Totsuka Stitch Institute has published many books on embroidery. Although all of them are written in Japanese, they are clearly illustrated. You don't need to read any instructions, looking is enough.

As you can see Book #1 is about the Basic embroidery stitches, but the remaining books feature  arrangements and varieties of these basic stitches.

Book #2 is all about Buttonhole stitches. On page 35 there is a nice arrangement where every other leg of the Buttonhole Stitch has been buttonholed.

This will be the Stitch of the week for Sunday Stitch School.

Work it like this:

Start with a Straight Stitch,

and continue as you would with a Buttonhole Stitch.

Then add Buttonhole stitches to the leg

while making sure you only work the thread and not catch any of the fabric.

Anchor the stitches at the top.
Come out again at the bottom 

and make two more Buttonhole legs,
one bare and one buttonholed,

until you have a nice row of stitches.
 Anchor the last leg at the bottom.

Sadly there are no names for these arranged and altered stitches in Ms Totsuka's books, although they each have a number.
This is #36, and I will take the liberty of giving it a nickname:  Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch. Please note this is not an official name, but MY naming of variation #36.
A direct translation into Swedish would be Langetterad Langett.
Mattia suggests Point de grébiche festonné as a French name.

Make a row of stitches (with long and short legs, if you wish) on your Aida sampler.

Finally I would like to point out that the reason I established this Sunday Stitch School is to discipline myself into trying out unknown stitches. I post these lessons and set the homework for myself. Anyone who wants to join in and try out a new stitch is welcome to do so. I hope you will enjoy the lessons.