Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 26: Zig-zag Stitch

Welcome to Sunday Stitch School where we have reached the end of the alphabet. This lesson will feature a stitch beginning with Z, the Zig-zag Stitch.

I have found it in several books and tinkered with it before. It is easy and fun.

Work it like this:

Take a double straight stitch at the end of the row, then begin the return journey.

Aren't they nice?

On my Aida sampler I made the mistake of using variegated thread, NOT a good idea.

Fill a square on this 'fake' canvas. There should be no problem, this time!?

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 21 - 25

It's lucky that Sunday Stitch School runs evening classes and I can hand in my homework late at night. Although I finished the Sunbonnet Sue sampler in time, it has been one of these days and it it not until now, past 10 pm Tokyo time, that I can show my summery of stitches.

The homework was for a seasonal Sue. The rainy season is on in Japan and that is why Sue is hiding her face underneath an umbrella - Sunbonnet Sue ought to be called Umbrella Sue.

Whipped Running Stitch was used for the outlines.

Upright Cross Stitch works well as a filling stitch, both on the teaser (the Wellington boots) and on the hand, where I staggered the stitches.

The Y Stitch with its loop made good raindrops, I think.
 The Vault Stitch was a challenge to do on the plain weave.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WIPW - Ready to Make a Sandwich

Work in Progress Wednesday:

Greeting Card

I made another birthday card of a floral basket. Wool embroidery with a smattering of Perle.


Trinity Green

I went shopping to get wadding and quilting thread.
I pressed the quilt top.
I pressed the back.
I am ready to make a quilt sandwich and start basting the three layers together.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Revision: Stitches 21 - 25

It is time for a revision of stitches 21 - 25 at Sunday Stitch School. Here is a summery of them.

Click on the headline to learn each stitch and read more about it.

21 Upright Cross Stitch
Easy and fun to stitch. Great for filling a larger area.

22 Vault Stitch

I tried two ways of working this striking stitch. With purple thread I worked so there are long stitches on the back, too. This eats up a lot of thread but makes a very sturdy stitch.
In the example in yellow, most of the thread is on the front. You save thread this way, but the result is not as compact, and it is easy to pull the thread too tight.
To avoid puckering and get a good solid filling stitch, I'd go for the purple method.

and, a note to self, DO use real canvas for Canvas work!

23 Whipped Running Stitch

So easy, it is child's play. A great stitch to use with fancy thread that only needs to be whipped over the running stitches and not penetrate the fabric.

24 X-Ray Stitch

Vary the length of the stitches and you get a variety of designs. It would be good for Christmassy things!

25 Y Stitch

This is a fun stitch to use for writing, or floating ghosts, or a bustle of people, or a packed disco dance floor, or if worked horizontally in orange, gold fish....

Revision homework.
Make a seasonal Sunbonnet Sue and use only the five stitches above.
What stitch would be good on this grid, I wonder?