Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | September 10, 2017

Sunday Stitch School

I have returned to the Sunday Stitch School after a long absence.

Queenie completed the Alphabet stitches and is continuing with further stitches.  The link to the earlier session can be found here    and the current one here .
No 27.  Buttonholed Buttonhole stitch is the first row.  I used a fine wool for this.


and here I muddled the next two stitch places so they are back-to-front.
No 29. is Madame Totsuka’s Loop stitch.  I experimented with different spaces between the loops.  Yellow perle thread
No 28. is the Half Bullioned Chain stitch..a bit wobbly .    Pink perle thread
No 30. Holbein stitch.  I followed Queenie’s idea of 2 different colours so it would not be confused with Back Stitch on my sampler. I used 6 strands DMC thread. It can create a lovely pattern in single colour when turned in various ways.

No 31.Braid stitch.  Covering head in embarrassment as I totally failed to manage the braiding, no matter the threads used or time taken.  I viewed Queenie’s visual tutorial and Mary Corbett’s visual and video.  Each of these was well done but I kept getting tangled and finally gave up….on the ‘to do’ list down the track.
No 32. Chinese Cross.  A simple stitch that can be attractively arranged.  I must use this one more.
No 33. Chinese Knot.  A hoop was used, as suggested.  On the right half I made the loops from loose to firm, as I’d imagined the stitch would work well as a delphinium, or foxglove..   Mine’s to be viewed on it’s side.
No 34. Japanese stitch. I think this would have many uses in embroidery.
No 35. Outline stitch. I used a fine ‘Z’ cord for this.  The stitches on the  first half of the line are slightly longer than the last half.  This is not Stem stitch.   Queenie shows the difference between the ‘S’ and ‘Z’ threads and the method of holding the thread.



  1. Nice to read you again!

    • Thank you, it’s good to be back.

  2. These are great Maureen – I must start and practice my stitches again : ) x

    • Thanks, Barbara. I hope you find time to practice more stitches for your lovely work.

  3. A nice assortment of stitches, but have to say my favourite is the Chinese Cross. I must play with that one!

    • The stitch is so easy and can be used as a fill in or a pattern

  4. What a fun way to learn more stitches. Your sampler looks great!

    • Thank you, Renee. I am making a folder. Having visual samples is a great way to choose a stitch for projects.

  5. What a good student you are!
    You have worked hard at adding these stitches to your sampler.
    Your Madam Totsuka’s Loop Stitch and the Chinese Knots are so much neater than mine!
    I am sure you will master the Braid Stitch – one day. It took me years to challenge myself again after having failed again and again and again….

  6. Thanks, Teacher. 🙂 Hopefully, one day, I will master the stitch but it won’t be soon. I may try a metallic or rough thread to see if that would hold the loops better.

  7. I especially like the 27 and 32 stitches, but I will have to check out the Chinese Knot, too. I can see that would be great use in floral arrangements where I want something larger than a French knot. thanks for sharing these.

    • The Chinese Knot really is a good stitch for filling and can be randomly placed or in a pattern.

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