Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 54: Tramming

Tramming was easy and the result is a nice raised line of stitches.

Aida sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

Linen Table Runner

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

WIPW - Light purple

Work In Progress Wednesday.

Crazy for Crazy

I first made a blank block of light purple pieces, ribbon, ric-rac and a tufty braid that I injected in a seam in four arches.
I basted some waste fabric along the edges so that the block will sit nicely in a hoop.

The ric-rac was fastened with Buttonholed Fly Stitch.
With minty green silk thread I made a woven circle. This will be framed and decorated further.

I followed the instructions for this 'visible mending' in a most magnificent book by Elizabeth Healey.

'Stitch, Fabric & Thread' is jam-packed with ideas and how-tos, it is a most inspirational book with excellent instructions. Many of Elizabeth Healey's ideas will find their way into this Crazy for Crazy quilt.
Apart from teaching a lot of practical things, the book contains a wealth of information about each technique. E.g. there are six pages on Mola and while making the Mola bag, I not only learned how to do the reverse appliqué and an alternative in felt,  but also found out a lot about the Cuna Indians and their situation.

The purple flower is a cut-out from a piece of lace. So far I have only added a few green stitches, there will be beads added at a later stage.
A spray of Feather Stitch is the foundation to a sprig of flowers.

More progress next week.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 54: Tramming

It is time for another history lesson at Sunday Stitch School. Today we are once again looking at Needlepoint. I am referring to Jacqui Carey's Elizabethan Stitches where she writes about Tramming.

Tramming, or Tramé, is a technique where a thread is laid underneath the actual stitches. In a way it is Couching, but not for the purpose of fastening a fancy thread here and there.

Instead the tramming thread the stitches are used over is used to strengthening the stitching for cushions, seat covers etc and also to raise the stitches a bit from the fabric.

Many stitches can be trammed, maybe Half Stitch and Cross Stitch are the most common.

Mattia has supplied two French names:
Point tramé  and
- point de tissage

It is also a smart way to mark the design on cross stitch (so you don't need to refer to the chart) as shown in this article by Needlepoint Teacher.

I will, however, work this lesson in Elizabethan Half Stitch, and for clarity, on Aida:

Begin by stretching a thread from top to bottom.
Come out at the left,
make a half cross and 

work your way up to the top

stretch the thread from top to bottom as before and continue in the same way upwards.

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Aida sampler
A border of Trammed Elizabethan Half Stitch on the linen

Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 53: Sword Edging Stitch

I have not only done my homework, I have found out something important.
This stitch is a TAST stitch!

Sharon Boggon of Pintangle started the online course of embroidery stitches, TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) in 2007.

I first took part in TAST in 2012 and worked the stitches that followed regularly until 2014 when I had a complete set of stitches, or so I thought. This stitch was not included.

After some research I noticed that there were a few TAST stitches from earlier seasons that I had missed, so those were added. This stitch was not one of them.

Thanks to my readers I found out that what I call Sword Edging Stitch and gave Sunday Stitch School number 53, was introduced in 2010 as TAST Stitch #17 under the name Sword Stitch. I totally missed that!

Anyway, I just love this stitch. It is easy and quick and I think it can be used in many ways.

Here is my homework:

Aida sampler

Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart

and on the orange scribble cloth I worked three flowers:
To spice them up a bit I added a few Colonial Knots in the centre and made a stem of Stem Stitch.

This stitch could also be used to illustrate fireworks, a picket fence, crosses and of course, swords!