Wednesday, 23 August 2017

WIPW - Over Cooked? Over Heated?

Work In Progress Wednesday.

I've been 'cooking,' i.e. quilting, more pasta on

Trinity Green

but either the torchietti is getting over cooked, or the sewing machine is as over heated as I am.

The snails don't want to form the way I want them to, especially when they have to slide over a bumpy seam.
Even the camera is struggling to stay in focus in the heat!

Although the snails are uneven and ugly, I will keep them as they are, to remember the heat of the summer of 2017.

Anyway, I have quilted five more strips of the sashing. 22/37 means there are 15 more to go! Cooler weather  soon, please!

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.
Mattia tells me these are the French names:
- point de nœud de Pékin
- point de nœud aveugle
- noeud oublié
In Japanese Embroidery (Nihon Shishu) the stitch is called 輪相良繡い(sorry uncertain of pronunciation) according to Toshiko Nagayama's book 'Nihon Shishu wo Tanoshimu'.
Swedish name, Kinesisk Knut.

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!

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