Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 20: Tete-de-boeuf Stitch

Last week's Satin Stitch Outline had the French name Cordonette.
This week's stitch has a French name, too, Tete-de-boeuf, which in English is sometimes called Bull's Head Stitch. I'll stick to the usual French expression.
In Swedish it is called Öglestygn med extra stygn, a bit of a mouthful!

It is an easy stitch and consists of a Detached Chain Stitch and two straight stitches at an angle.

Work it like this:

Different books give different instructions as to where to insert, and how to angle the straight stitches, as well as how long to make them. I think you should have the freedom to choose yourself...



On my Aida sampler I used a variegated thread:

It isn't a Canvas stitch, but use it as a filling stitch nevertheless.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 19: Satin Stitch Outline

Satin Stitch Outline is a nice stitch to work, but I am a bit disappointed with the result. I find that the line stands stands out all right, high and tight like a cord, but it still looks lumpy. Is it the Coton a Broder that I have used? Would stranded cotton floss have been better? Or silk?

Instead of using it for some writing, I drew a plant with heart shaped leaves, and I will add other stitches to it so it can be turned into a greeting card.

I hope to have the completed card ready for show on Wednesday's WIPW report.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Work In Progress Wednesday is progress in reverse! Fortunately RIP does not mean Rest In Peace, I have not put a dagger in

Trinity Green

just a seam ripper.

RIP is the verb rip, and I have been ripping open seams to be able to re-sew them.
You see, I must have stretched the 'tagliatelle' a bit (as these strips of fabric have no paper backing) while the 'snakes' stayed firm. Some seams have stretched a bit more than others, and I didn't notice. (It HAS been a tough week and my attention has been elsewhere).

If any work is boring, it is ripping up seams that ought to have been perfect! So I have been working slowly and the flimsy is still not completed.

Greeting Card

Do you remember the dim photo I showed as a teaser the other week?

Well here is a clear picture of the wool embroidery.
Stitches used:
Fern, French Knot, Long Tail Chain, Seed, Stem, Straight, Twisted Chain, Twisted Satin, Woven Detached Chain, Up and Down Buttonhole

Wool is such a lovely thread to work with.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sunday Stitch School - EXTRA LESSON on a Tuesday

My apologies for adding an extra lesson! A fault in the instructions of how to make Satin Stitch Outline was found, thanks to an observant reader, and I have added the missing part in this revised lesson. It will be marked in red below.

Good morning and welcome back to Sunday Stitch School after a week's break.

The stitch for today's lesson was found in this book:
On page 127 we find a version of the Satin Stitch, Satin Stitch Outline. It is used in French white work and the French name is Cordonnet when it forms a thin line, and Point de Bourdon if the foundation stitches are stitched in thicker thread. It also resembles Trailing (where the width and thickness varies), but the way the Satin stitches are padded is different.

Now for the working of Satin Stitch Outline:

Make a line of Running stitches where you bite only a tiny bit of the fabric and most of the thread is on top.
Then work your way back in the same way, longer Running stitches on the top, tinier on the back.
You now have 'Split Running Stitch'.

Here comes the missing part.
Place a loose strand of thread on top and then

with the same thread, or one of a different weight, make tiny and tight Satin stitches over the basic stitches and the loose thread.

My apologies if anyone has already had a go at Satin Stitch Outline.

On my Aida sampler it is untidy!

This could be a good stitch for writing or scribbling something...
Play around with pink and blue, but keep the tension even, please! Untidy stitching, like on the Aida sampler above is NOT accepted!