On Friday we had a session of THREAD at the Southville Centre with a lovely mixed group of people of all ages and abilities.
This week we explored Stem stitch.
We explore the stitch in several ways during the session . I provide inspiration and lists of word to help us think about the shapes we are making with the stitches
Stem stitch is an interesting stitch because although it is used frequently to make rather lovely lines it can also be used in a number of other interesting ways that are easily overlooked. Here is some straight forwards stem stitch in perle cotton 8 which gives it a beautiful twisted look.
Stem stitch is worked from left to right ( If you are right handed) with the thread under the needle but if you work it with the thread above the needle it becomes outline stitch which is quite different. If you combine the two alternating between stem and outline you get a lovely brick like stitch. Here it is worked in a DK merino yarn so you can see the effect.
When we made the embroidered map for the Gatehouse I used Stem stitch to fill my deer. It is a really lovely textured filling.
It can also be used over a grounding of spaced stitches to create a raised filling
If you want a more textured filling you can work line after line of alternating stem stitch filling. You will get different effects if you work all stitches in one direction, stagger the start or work back and forth
In the seed heads on this piece I have left the alternating stem stitches loose. If you work row after row of these stitches you get loops which can be opened by cutting or left as loops , called Turkey work I think.
Now the fun starts. I love attaching found objects to my work . You can use buttons, wrapped buttons, mirrors, shells ,stones, enamel , all kinds of things. Stem stitch net is one way of attaching those objects. The group on Friday were enthusiastic and attached all kinds of little buttons to their work. Here are some I completed
So if you fancy learning from scratch or improving your stitching why not come along to the next session on 11th May 2018 . I only charge £10 . After that session the workshops are about every two weeks . Have a good read of what you need to bring in the details for these sessions ( more dates soon to be added) . I also bring lots of nice books to inspire you and there is a great cafe on site for lunch after all that stitching.
If you cant come to the sessions and want inspiration then start collecting some lovely books. I can recommend anything by Jan Beany , Edith John, Constance Howard, Erica Wilson, Jaqueline Enthoven, Jill Nordfors and Mary Thomas. Online take a look at http://pintangle.com/ and https://www.needlenthread.com
A reminder now .Intermediate crochet is next Wednesday and the Wednesday after , two weeks for £30 , get in touch if you are interested. Also we have a gull session at Underfall Yard on the Friday - details of that session are on this site but not the crochet
Right I am off to drink tea and eat some warm figgy flapjack - have a great making week