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: