Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 8: Heavy Chain Stitch

It is time for a new stitch at Sunday Stitch School. This week is dedicated to Heavy Chain Stitch, which I found in several of my books. The clearest illustrations were in Reader's Digest Complete Book of Embroidery. I hope my step-by-step photos will be easy to understand.

Start by making a short straight stitch. 1-2
Take the needle out a bit further down. 3
Then let the needle pass underneath that straight stitch, without going through the fabric.

Insert the needle at 3
and come out a bit further down at 4
Once again, let the needle pass underneath the same straight stitch, without going through the fabric.

Insert at 4.
Out at 5.
You now have a double Chain Stitch.
Next, let the needle pass underneath the upper chain of that double Chain Stitch, without going through the fabric. 

Insert at 5.
Out at 6.
You now have another double Chain Stitch.

Repeat in the same way 6-7,  and always let the needle go underneath TWO Chain Stitches.
Does it look complicated? With a bit a practice, it will become easier.

On Aida Heavy Chain Stitch looks like this:

It creates a beautiful braided line and looks good on curves so it would be perfect for monograms or text.
For stump work, it would make a beautiful knitted sweater if worked in a row of columns.

There are two names in Swedish: 1) Täta Maskstygn, eller 2) Kedjesöm under en länk. Is there a name in your language for this stitch?

Scribble something with red variegated Perle on this slip of batik and make it into a greeting card.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 7: Gate Stitch

Last weekend's Sunday Stitch School introduced the Gate Stitch. It turned out to be fun, quick and easy to make.

Here is my homework:
First I filled this block with Gate Stitches at different levels and without gaps. I think it looks quite nice.

Then I played around and made a small landscape stitch sketch where there is a Gate in the fence. Sorry it is not so easy to see, but it's there.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WIPW - Trinity Green Snakes Along

There are only a few hours left of Wednesday so I'd better hurry up and write my Work In Progress Wednesday report.

Trinity Green
Each paper strip contains 27 triangles. I joined eight strips together until I got a few 'snakes'. 27x8paper strips=216 triangles x 5snakes =1080 triangels have been stitched together.
At this slow pace it will take me about 6 weeks to have all the snakes together. Then I have to join them to narrow strips of green 'snakes' ..... and then we have all the paper to remove.... This project will stay with me for some time yet!

Fabric in Focus
For Christmas I was given two pieces of plain green fabric which I will have to cut into triangles and add to the collection.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 7: Gate Stitch

Happy New Year, and welcome to a new year of stitch explorations and stitch adventures.

Stitch no 7 is called Gate Stitch and is one of the many Canvas Stitches I have found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
Actually it is not an entirely new stitch to me; I worked a few of these gates on my piece Pile 'em On, last year.

In spite of looking advanced it is an easy stitch made up of straight lines, and it does certainly look like a gate!

First make four vertical stitches, then a cross and finally a horisontal stitch. On the next 'gate', the horisontal stitch is one level lower. The gates can also be placed without a gap and you then have a good filling stitch. In Mary Thomas's book the stitches are also placed at different levels making a nice pattern.

Here they are in a row with gaps on Aida.

Fill one of these boxes with Gate Stitches (no gaps and at different levels).