Studio Journal Class about to close – Last 24 hrs

Update Class booking closed off

This online class will commence on  July 23 2014. It is now closed 

I am closing off booking for this class soon.  This is the last time this class will run. I am no longer teaching online as I want to make time to do other things.

This course covers the process of using a Studio journal to create designs  for contemporary embroidery, or quilting. The class covers the process of how to keep a studio journal, how to develop and idea further, and how to turn it into a design suitable for a project in fiber. You do not need to know how to draw to take this course.

Each week a series of design exercises are introduced and students are encouraged to so them to learn about design and to establish the habit of using a studio journal.

This course is not about creating an art journal. The emphasis is very much on using a working studio journal as part of a design process. Students spend their time designing for textiles and working in their Studio Journal rather than working a step by step project.

Follow this link , cost, details, class requirements,further information and to purchase the course

Detail 664 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
Today I have a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler

Stitches Used

In this area using a rayon thread, I laid down a pattern of lines in running stitch. I  then laced thickish metallic braid through. This created a secondary pattern of spaces which I added bugle beads to. Since running stitch is one of the easiest stitches to learn and lacing it is just as easy this is an ideal pattern for beginners. My tip would be to use a cotton thread however as for new hands to embroidery rayon can be frustrating.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework SamplerDate:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.


This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

Work in Progress Wednesdays

Crazy quilted Hussif in progressLife is still very busy here and as you can see at the bottom of the block I did not get my pocket completed but I did manage quite a bit of work. I have even started in on the beads. The last seam (down the bottom will probably be a beaded embroidery seam I have just had trouble deciding on which one!

Crazy quilted Hussif in progressI had fun with this. I call it a pocket within a pocket because this piece will be a pocket on the inside of the Hussif. I had thought of a thimble pocket – but then this charm seemed to sit so nicely in there – a thimble still fits but it might just be a secret pocket. The whole thing has got me thinking of secret pockets which is dangerous as I am quite capable of changing the design mid stream, adapting and adding in order to include such frivolity.

What do people think make more pieces with hidden pockets? Or stick to the original plan and make a traditional hussif?

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

Leave a comment and let us know.
As a side note for those interested in the mini challenge:

The idea is that people design their own sewing caddy or hussif in any style of quilting or embroidery. The is no deadline.  I presented some informal guidelines here.
One of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams


Take a Stitch Tuesday 120 Double herringbone 121 Twisted Lattice Band

This week I have 2 stitches to share as one stitch builds on the other.
The first is a version of double Herringbone which is also known as Indian herringbone stitch. The second stitch is a decorative surface stitch known as Twisted lattice band. You need to know how to work Herringbone for this stitch

Double Herringbone version 1

This version of double herringbone stitch is also known as Indian herringbone stitch.

Double herringbone step 1Work by first laying a foundation row of herringbone stitch.

Double herringbone  step 2Work another row of herringbone. On every second stitch, slide the needle under the cross bar created by the first row of stitches. This means that the second row of herringbone is woven or interlaced through the first row as illustrated.

This variety looks very effective when worked in two colours but is also the foundation of many versions of woven herringbone, Twisted lattice band being one of them.

Twisted Lattice Band

Twisted lattice band creates an attractive band of stitching which can be used as a border or for crazy quilters it is a quick seam embellishment. You can also work it row upon row to create an interesting fill.

Work a row of double herringbone stitch quite loosely and space slightly wider than normal. The lacing in the second part of this stitch which will tighten the stitches slightly and if you space the foundation stitches a little wider it gives you room for thicker threads if you want to use them.

The lacing is worked in two journeys and will not work if you do not use this version of double herringbone as you need the cross bars to woven for the lacing thread to sit neatly. Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation herringbone stitch. With this stitch, take care to lace and not to pick up any of the fabric.

Twisted lattice band  1To lace the foundation stitches thread the needle under the herringbone cross bar in an upward direction as illustrated then move across the crossed bars, turn the needle and thread in an upward direction again.

Twisted lattice band  2Work along the base of the herringbone foundation stitches then turn your piece and work along the top along the top.

Twisted lattice band  3

If you experiment with different threads you can develop some really interesting effects.

Twisted lattice band  4

How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment.

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