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.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

TAST 145: Whipped Chain Version 1

Now that the Trinity Green quilt is off my hands I will catch up on some TAST stitches I have not had time to work yet.

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday which is an online course of stitches on Sharon Boggon's Pintangle. Join in and learn. If you want to do it from scratch, there will be a rerun starting next year.
Read more about it here.

As I have explained before, I want all the TAST stitches in one (private) collection and will give them the chronological number in the order I learn them.

It is time for Whipped Chain Stitch, Version 1, which I will call TAST #145.
Simply whip a row of Chain Stitch!

I added this chain in the last box of my TAST Reference chart
and will have to make a new chart as well as labels for them. WIPW work!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 36: Rumanian Stitch

Welcome back to another geography lesson here at Sunday Stitch School. The focus today is on Europe with the Rumanian Stitch.
It is also spelt Romanian Stitch, and has these other names, Antique Stitch, Economy Stitch, Janina Stitch, Oriental Stitch and Indian Filling Stitch.
In Swedish it is called Rumänsk Söm.
In French, Point Roumain or Point Roman. (Thanks Mattia)

I came across this stitch in the library book  'American Crewel Embroidery' by Keiko Arakawa.

Ms Arakawa explains that it is the main stitch used for filling in plants and animals in American Crewel embroidery. It was developed by the early settlers in New England in the 17th century to save yarn and is therefore also known as Economy Stitch. It is a surface stitch which leaves only little wool on the reverse side.

It was not until I checked Rumanian Stitch in other stitch dictionaries and on the internet that I found that the traditional (English Crewel) Rumanian Stitch is 'uneconomical' and uses up considerably more crewel wool.

Traditional way 1-5                                       American Crewel way A - E

I have worked the stitches in Perle on Aida to show clearly where the needle enters and exits, but this should of course like all Crewel Embroidery be worked in wool on linen. Then the stitches will fill the motif beautifully.

On my Aida sampler:

Trace a floral design from the book, and fill in the petals and leaves with the 'economical' Rumanian Stitch.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 31 - 35

Sorry to be one day late in presenting my homework. My excuse is that 'life got in the way' and just before midnight, I was simply too tired to do the blog post.


Four of the five Sunday School Stitches used this time have Chinese or Japanese in their names.
That is why my Sunbonnet Sue is on a field trip to Asia, to Japan, to be exact.

Like so many tourists these days she has rented a kimono and is tottering along in her wooden 'geta' sandals, keeping the sun out with her waxed paper umbrella, or is it raining,  and swinging a bamboo basket bag.

First I made the sketch and planned where to use the various stitches.

Then I used a rubber molding mat and a blue fabric crayon to make a subtle pattern on the kimono.
The waxy crayon was easily set with a hot iron, and did not smear anything while I stitched the details.

This is how I used the stitches:

Where is the Friday Homework for Sunday Stitch School?

Teacher: Where is the Friday Homework for Sunday Stitch School?
Student: It's on the desk right in front of me.
Teacher: Hand it over.
Student: It's too late. I'm too tired.
Teacher: You and your excuses!
               OK, you'd better produce something special tomorrow then!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WIPW - Trinity Green Finished

Work In Progress Wednesday can finally report on a FINISH:


Trinity Green

quilt of small green triangles is completed.

This project started in the middle of April last year, so has taken one year and five months.

The point with this quilt was to use up all my green stash, but I also got a lot of extra pieces from friends near and far. THANK YOU!

In total 9.234 small triangles were cut and pieced on paper strips. These were joined together into long 'snakes',

then sandwiched with long strips of green 'pasta'.

Once the whole quilt flimsy was assembled, the paper backing had to be ripped off.

The quilt was then sandwiched and basted, and quilted in the ditch

With the aid of a walking foot and one of the fancy stitches of the sewing machine, the 'pasta' sashing was quilted with 'snails' or 'waves'. In spite of that 'aid' the snails slid hither and dither, and the waves ruled the sea. What I want to say is that the quilting was hard work!

Finally I put on a binding and quilted it with the same stitch.
I took the easy way out and did not mitre the corners, but I did put on a hanging sleeve.

Here Trinity Green is hanging by the daybed.

On the bed it has a nice overhang.

The variety of green hues changes with the light of the day. Overcast skies in the afternoon in the pictures above and

with hazy evening sun in the picture below.

A clever graphic designer once commented on Trinity Green: 'the finished thing is bound to be stunning-like emeralds scattered on a bed! '

That was just what I saw in the morning sunlight on this wonderful Wednesday, when I can finally say, 
Trinity Green is Finished.
To all my friends and followers, Thank You. I am so grateful for your support and encouragement during these 17months.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 31 - 35

Today we are having another revision lesson to sum up the last five stitches.

Click on the headline to see instructions and homework.

31 Braid Stitch
 After many trials and failures I really wanted to master this stitch. Not having got my head round the printed instructions in books, I turned to Mary Corbet's Stitch Video and, hey presto, I got the hang of the stitch in seconds! The power of the moving image, eh!

A hoop/frame and good tension of fabric and thread is essential, and stitching toward me, instead of right to left, made all the difference.

It's a lovely stitch and the birthday card I used it for was much admired by the recipient and the guests at the party.

32 Chinese Cross Stitch

This H-shaped stitch is fast and fun to work and gives a nice pattern both when worked individually or in a staggered row. Here is looks very modern, don't you think?

33 Chinese Knot Stitch 
Also known as The Forbidden Stitch it IS forbiddingly small when worked with a thin thread. It is, however, not forbiddingly difficult, as it is, in principle, just half a French Knot.

34 Japanese Stitch
Although it features in Nihon Shishu (Japanese silk embroidery) I think it looks best as a canvas stitch.

35 Outline Stitch
The key to success with this stitch is checking the twist of the thread.
Z-twists work well with Outline Stitch.
Use Stem Stitch for S-twisted thread.

Sunbonnet Sue is on a Geography field trip to Asia!
Use these items:

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 35: Outline Stitch

This week it was fun to do the homework!

The Outline Stitch mirrors the Stem Stitch and both (usually) make a nice and neat line - IF the right thread is used for the right stitch.

This is stitched in Z-twisted Japanese silk.

Whereas this is stitched in Coton a Broder, an S-twisted thread.

You can see how nice the Outline Stitch is for a Z twist, and how the S-twisted thread slightly untwists itself.

I made use of these two excellent crazy quilting templates by Sharon Boggon for designing.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

WIPW - 64 days

At last I have some proper progress to show on Work In Progress Wednesday.

The quilting on
Trinity Green
is complete!
It took me 64 days to finish the in-the-ditch straight-line walking and the swirly snails.
At times the machine quilting was very frustrating. The walking foot climbed out of the ditch and onto the curb, the snails slid hither and thither, tangled up in each other and left a trail of loose thread ends to fasten. Well, I have to be grateful it wasn't a slimy trail, I guess!

Fastening those loose threads, cutting the edges of the quilt and preparing the binding are three jobs I also have completed.

So let's hope next week I can show the final WIPW report of this L E N G T H Y project, when the quilt is finally finished.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 35: Outline Stitch

It's Sunday and time for another lesson at Sunday Stitch School.

In geography, there are a lot of lines, latitude, longitude, the Equator, the Date Line, and so on. We will devote this lesson to a line that has become a stitch, the Outline Stitch.

Can you spot the difference?

Of course you can!
The picture at the top is the Stem Stitch, where the thread is hanging downwards,
and the picture underneath is the Outline Stitch. You see how the thread is kept above the stitching line.

Mary Corbet has written a good article about the Stem Stitch vs the Outline Stitch and how an S- and a Z-twisted thread look when used for these two stitches.

Swedish name: Vänstersytt Stjälkstygn
French name: Point de Tige Contrarié

Read the article and then create something freely using either Cotton a Broder (S-twisted)

  and/or Japanese silk (Z-twisted).

On my Aida sampler:

Friday, 1 September 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 34: Japanese Stitch

Late again, but I have worked hard!

Here is my homework for stitch #34 Japanese Stitch.

First as a canvas stitch

Which was easy to stitch and makes a nice filling.

The Japanese embroidery with flat silk floss on kimono silk was harder to work.
The stitch could just as well be ordinary Satin Stitch, I guess.

After having done the Japanese Stitch I added Stem Stitch - for the stems.

Then I added some Chinese Knot Stitches in purple and blue,
threw in a few silver lines made of Japanese Stitch,
and a sprinkle of Chinese Cross Stitches in gold.

This will eventually become a greeting card.

Nihon Shishu, Japanese embroidery, is more difficult than I thought. I will have to try again!