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,
Although very clear I have never managed to control the twist of the thread.
Work In Progress Wednesday took me on a shopping trip.
was in need of more thread so before I could make any quilting progress I had to buy some reels of
green Dual Duty.
For 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.
28 Half Bullioned Chain Stitch
Bullion knots are not very liked, I have noticed. I must confess I am not a great fan of them either, but I think that when successfully made, they are very attractive. This version is fun.
29 Madam Totsuka's Loop Stitch
This turned out to be a new stitch to all except one reader. I found it easy to make and difficult to curb. That means it is perfect for wild life embroidery, flowers, plants, hair and fur!
30 Holbein Stitch
Although this is a very basic and simple stitch, it can be hard to make really even. As Rachel, who makes beautiful work, pointed out, it is these simple stitches that need to be practiced, as mistakes show up easily.
Now for some revision homework: Make a seasonal Sunbonnet Sue and use mainly the five stitches above.
Teacher: Good evening. Time to show your homework.
Student: OK, here it is.
This is on the Aida sampler,
and this is a square I filled in on the 'floppy canvas'.
Teacher: Hmm, you haven't been very adventurous, have you?
Student: No, I'm sorry.
Teacher: Well, next Sunday we will have a revision lesson.
You have a new chance to show what you can do.
Student: OK, Miss.
World Embroidery Day is celebrated on July 30th every year, and 2017 is no exception.
Read here about how it all started in Sweden and how it has swept the Globe.
Do find time to take a stitch on Sunday.
Get together with friends or sit alone.
Stitch in school, at home, in the park, in a café, up a tree, on a mountain top, in the cabin of a yacht, in bed, on the train, in the studio or in the hammock.... Wherever you are I hope you will have the chance to enjoy needle and thread.
Make progress on a Work In Progress project or try your hand at something new. Blackwork, Hardanger, Kogin, Brazilian Embroidery, Stumpwork, Cross Stitch, Kutch work, Crewel, Hedebo, Canvas, Needlepainting, Kantha..... Whatever form you choose I hope you will enjoy needle and thread.