This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School is Ermine stitch. The working is on Queenie’s blog. I have come across this so many times on embroidery stitch books and always thought this has to be tried one day, which never came till now. A very simple stitch, can also be cross stitch with three stitches
This stitch is worked with two strands of perle cotton [I think] on queenie’s blog. Continuing with that- the first row is the basic ermine stitch. The straight stitch in the centre is worked with another thread in the second row. In the third row the individual stitches are worked continuously to make this a linear stitch.

SSS.5.ermst-1

SSS.5.ermst-1

In these three rows the height of the three stitches are varied and explored.

SSS.5.ermst-2

SSS.5.ermst-2

In this part of the sampler, two ermine stitches are worked together-
the ermine stitch and its mirror image are worked in a line in the first sample. A long straight stitch is made in the second row, and two ermine stitches are worked one below the other. The ermine stitches are worked in opposite directions in the third row. The fourth row is the long and short version of the ermine stitches worked alternatively and this row should have been in the second part of the sampler, the idea came later. Two ermine stitches worked in opposite directions in the fifth row. The ermine stitch and its opposite version in another thread is worked beside it. the same treatment is continued on the last row.

SSS.5.ermst-3

SSS.5.ermst-3

Since this stitch is formed of a straight stitch and two crossed stitches, an idea of working these crosses over other stitches which have straight stitches. The four stitches chosen are –
Cretan stitch in the first row, buttonhole variation in the second row, pistil and long tailed detached chain in the third row.

SSS.5.ermst-4a

SSS.5.ermst-4a

The ermine stitches worked over them

SSS.5.ermst-4b

SSS.5.ermst-4b

I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler. The stitch gives room for many possibilities. Sometimes it can be used for filling wide spaces, creating shapes, securing long straight stitches, sometimes as a couching stitch too. After working on this stitch for some time, a rhythm is achieved, which can be used for working on plain fabric.

SSS.5.ermine stitch sampler

SSS.5.ermine stitch sampler

There were some big tapestries in this museum. This one was a small one compared to them. It was easier to take a picture too. I liked the details on their clothing.

embroidered panel

embroidered panel

There was also a needle lace sampler. I am yet to learn this work [sigh!]. the whole sampler-

needle lace sampler1

needle lace sampler1

The top part-

needle lace sampler2

needle lace sampler2

It was hard to take a picture without getting the light and our image-

needle lace sampler3

needle lace sampler3

The 24 th week stitch of the stitch challenge –TAST2010 by Sharon.b is completed and the full sampler-

24.siennses st sampler-1

24.siennses t sampler-2

24.siennese st sampler-3

24/siennese st sampler-4

24/siennese st sampler-5

The sampler is 19 inches long.. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this sampler.

This is last set of variations of siennese stitch from stitch challenge-TAST2010 by Sharon.B.
The details-
10a-A row of siennese stitches with as straight stitch on top and some fly stitches done at the bottom.
10b-A row of stitches are laced with perle cotton.
10c-the stitch is used for couching down perle cotton thread.

24.siennese st-10

Some experiments with beads and sequins
11a-Sequins are placed in between the stitches
.11b-Added 3 beads to each siennese stitch.
11c- this row is vertical version of this stitch, the twisting thread is worked with beads.

24.siennses t-11

Thus the siennese sampler is completed, I’ ll post the pictures of the full sampler in the next post.

The variations of siennese stitch from the stitch challenge-TAST2010.
The details-
9a-The vertical version of siennese stitch, I tried placing one stitch on top of the other, and the top stitch is smaller than the bottom stitch here.
9b- Similar idea of 9a,but the stitches are of same size.
9c- Here the stitches are made in a curved line.

24.siennese st-9

Last set of variations in the next post

Another set of variations of seinnese st from the challenge by Sharon-TAST2010
The details-
8a-A row of this stitch is done in inverted “v” shape,on top of each stitch a normal stitch is worked to give a decorative effect.
8b- A row of zigzag back stitch, the seinnese stitches are worked in the space in between.
8c- What was I thinking when I worked this row? definitely not having to write about it.
First two rows of [wide] running stitches
,then the twisting part of the siennese stitch-
the top seinnese stitch is worked on the bottom running stitch and the bottom siennese stitch is worked on the top running stitch. There! I have written it.

24.siennese st-8

Just a few more of the variations of this stitch coming up.

Some more variations of the seinnese st from the stitch challenge-TAST 2010 by Sharon.
The details-
-In these rows , I have tried using this stitch as a filling stitch.
7a- The individual stitches are long ,and can be used for filling.
7b- two consecutive rows of siennese stitch filling, with variegated thread.
7c-Two rows of broad version of the stitch.

24.Siennese st-7

Another set of variations in the next post.