Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 33: Chinese Knot Stitch

Welcome to another geography lesson at Sunday Stitch School.
We are still focusing on China, and will work the Chinese Knot Stitch. Its other names are Blind Knot and Forbidden Stitch. 

It is basically a French Knot with one wrap round the needle - a 1/2 French Knot? The name Blind Knot is said to come from the fact that the stitch is small and difficult to see. The Forbidden Stitch because the tiny stitch is forbiddingly small.

This is a free school and you can skip this lesson and this stitch!

Anyway, this is an easy way to work it:

Tighten the fabric in a hoop.
Use both hands.
Pull the thread tight.
Place the needle underneath the thread,
wrap the thread over the needle away from you.

Insert the needle near where you came out.
Pull the thread tight.

You have your first knot.

Make another knot nearby.

 Make more knots close by.

Not so neat on the Aida sampler.

Use this silk thread and this this kimono silk to make a nice pattern.
Take plenty of rests to rest your eyes!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 32: Chinese Cross Stitch

Oh, the Chinese Cross Stitch was a fun stitch to work!

On the linen I had a wee bit of trouble as the thread and fabric are of similar shades.

Real enjoyment was had on making this funky free form embroidery, though.

I placed French Knots and beads in some of the squares.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

WIPW 17/37

The progress on

Trinity Green 

I have made is quilting five strips.
I now have 17 out of 37, so there are 20 more to go. Sigh!

No need to comment.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 32: Chinese Cross Stitch

Today we are having a Geography lesson. We are visiting China to learn the Chinese Cross Stitch.

Unfortunately I have not found any information regarding its name, nor its origin, and the only book I have found it in is in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

I wonder why, as it is an easy, fun and most attractive stitch with its pleasant geometric pattern. Any information you might have, I'd be happy to hear about.

Work it like this:

Now you have one individual stitch.

To make a nice row, come out in the lower leg of the right cross,

 and start all over again.
Then start over from the upper leg.

 It is quick work, and you will soon have a nice geometric pattern,

or make individual stitches in alternating lines.

It would be fun and easy to change the length and height of the 'arms' and 'legs', and create free form patterns.

Also the little squares created at the intersections could be filled with French Knots, Cross Stitch or beads.

On the Aida sampler I made individual stitches:

1) Add a row of Chinese Cross Stitches:

2) Play with free form:

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 31: Braid Stitch

Oh, if all homework were as easy and fun as working with the Braid Stitch!
What a delightful stitch!
I made a couple of monograms for greeting cards.
This was completed in 15 minutes!

The polyester thread had a nice sheen, but was a bit slippery. In spite of that the stitches sit nicely.

Here I used Coton a Broder, which has a better grip, but does not look as even and smooth as the blue polyester thread.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

WIPW - 12/37

It is HOT in Tokyo and progress can only be made at night.

Trinity Green
I have now managed to snail stitch (no pun intended) 12 out of 37 strips of the green sashing on this quilt.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 31: Braid Stitch

Are you ready for another stitch at Sunday Stitch School?

I thought it was time for a challenge stitch, one of those I have tried and failed many times, and stubborn as I am, just felt I needed to master. It is the Braid Stitch, and also goes by the names of Cable Plait Stitch, Gordian Knot Stitch, and in Swedish, Bandstygn. French names: Point de Galon or Point de Nœud Gordien.

In most illustrated embroidery books there is drawing of the Braid Stitch,
like this:

Although very clear I have never managed to control the twist of the thread.

Then I checked Mary Corbet's Braid Stitch video tutorial over at Needle 'n Thread.
It looked so easy, I just had to try it her way.

It was easy, and after a couple of stitches, truly addictive, and fast, to boot!

This is how it is worked:

Draw two parallel lines.
Tighten the fabric in a hoop.
Work with both hands.

 Come out on the left and hold the thread tight.
 Wrap the thread over
 and under the needle.
 While keeping the thread tight, insert needle on the right line,
 and come out on the left one.
 Pull the thread to the left and under the tip of the needle.
 Tighten the thread again.
 Pull the needle through
 carefully so you don't loose the shape.
 You have your first stitch.
Repeat from 1) in the same way
until you have a line.

Once you got the rhythm, you can't stop!

This is what it looks on my Aida sampler.

All books say the Braid Stitch works well on curves, it performs best with a thread that has a good twist,
and my opinion is that it looks neatest if rather crammed together and not too long.

Do some penmanship! 'Write' a letter on this letter printed fabric.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 26-30

May I present my revision homework for the last five Sunday school Stitches.

I used the stitches to make this Sunbonnet Sue. She is a 'Twiggy' adult version, and no wonder on a diet of carrot juice and celery.
She must be somewhere hot as she is standing in a bucket of ice water.

Please note, her belly button is made of a Colonial Knot, the rest consist of:

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

WIPW - Is Shopping Progress?

Work In Progress Wednesday took me on a shopping trip.

Trinity Green
was in need of more thread so before I could make any quilting progress I had to buy some reels of

green Dual Duty.

World Embroidery Day
I completed the stump work carrot and two pods of peas.

Then I stitched the embroidery to a card and inserted in a frame, gift wrapped it, wrapped it in brown paper, took it to the postoffice and sent it flying across the Globe.