Sunday, 22 April 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 58: Twisted Shell Chain Stitch

If you have taken part in TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) you might recognize this stitch:

It is called Shell Chain, and as you can see each link contains a small Chain Stitch and a larger Open Chain Stitch.

When I was leafing through this book
I found a similar-looking stitch, but based on the Twisted Chain Stitch.

The author, Madam Totsuka,  has not given it a name, just refers to it as a combination of 'Chain Darning and Open Chain Stitch'. I guess Chain Darning is her way of saying Twisted Chain, and her Open Chain is rather triangular in shape.

Have you seen this stitch before, do you know its official name? If you do, let me know in the Comments below. For the time being I will call it 'Twisted Shell Chain Stitch'.

I think Twisted Shell Chain Stitch makes an interesting bulky line, and I can tell you that it is both easy and fun to stitch.

These pictures will show you how to stitch it:


  1. Aida sampler
  2. SSS Reference Chart
  3. Make a line around this rectangular linen cloth.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 57: Figure-Eight Knot Stitch

The Figure-Eight Knot Stitch is an easy stitch, to learn and to do, but difficult to master. Confused? Well it is easy to stitch it, but the lower loop can come loose, move around and give the stitch an untidy look. It was hard to make it stay put.
If you want something with wild structure or untamed style, then this is the stitch for you.

Look at the stitches on the Aida sampler! The are ready to stand up and walk away!

They seem to behave better on the Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart.

On the scribble cloth I made a small flower, a blue clover? I think the Figure-Eight Knot Stitch looks splendid as a petal!

So splendid I made another flower, I will show the rest of this crazy quilt block on WIPW next week.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

WIPW - Gilded Ruby

Work In Progress Wednesday for today shows progress on

Crazy for Crazy
where the red ruby fabric is getting gilded.

I made the Kumihimo braid longer than needed and tied up the end into a knot.
 I ruched some areas on a red silk ribbon (to make 'carnations') and then stitched an undulating length of golden Chain Stitches.
Sunday Stitch School's delightful Detached Twisted Chain Stitch was stitched into a star with a red bead in the centre.
Two curves of Shell Chain were stitched, and a Laced Herringbone row.
Then I made a Dorset Button. Oh, this was fun! I will love making more, and more advanced ones for future cq blocks. I first got my inspiration from Elizabeth Healey's book Stitch, Fabric & Thread, but there are instructions in many other books too, and of course online. This link goes to a video tutorial.
I hope to have more progress next Wednesday.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 57: Figure-Eight Knot Stitch ?

Today we have another easy stitch. Its name is not easy, however.

I found the stitch in 'Totsuka Embroidery Stitch Book 3 Arrangement' (戸塚刺しゅうステッチBOOK 3)
which is all about variations of the Chain Stitch.
There it goes under the name Figure-Eight Knot Stitch (8の字に糸をかけてとめる).

On a search online I have found a number of other stitches called Figure-Eight Stitch, among them is the Colonial Knot, and a most interesting knotted Running Stitch, that I might take up in another lesson.

Today I want to show you Madam Totsuka's Figure-Eight Knot Stitch as seen in the book above.
Should you recognize this stitch and have a name for it, please leave a comment.

I think it makes a very attractive detached stitch.

Aida Sampler
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Scribble something on the Scribble Cloth.