Monday, 23 November 2020


I have just finished a pin cushion and I would like to share a few photos with you.  In my previous post I said it had not fun at all to stitch all in a single colour.  This ring has two stitching paths and as you can see in two colours.  

The above photo is a ring with three rows of stitches.  Can you see the tiny triangles are forming?

It is clearer now with seven rows of stitches are done and pink and crimson triangles are there.

It’s almost there:  another two rows of stitches and it will be done.

I find stitching thimbles, or any other ring shaped rings, very therapeutic but all in a single colour is so monotonous that it discourage me to keep going.  I like the way the trinket tray in the previous post looks but I don’t think I want to make another one anytime soon.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Gold and Silver Trinket Tray


This is my newest creation; a trinket tray using the same technique of the thimble making.  This is a variation of the design of the thimble I posted before, but it appears quite differently because of the colors and the way I arranged them.

The design of the the previous thimble, “Blue Wave”, is actually the same as “Scales”, meaning fish, snakes, and dragons scales in Japanese, but changing the colours so that it appears as stripes.  This one has four stitching paths and I chose the darkest grey I have for all four so that it appears solid grey besides the last three rounds of stitches, for which I chose gold and silver threads with contrasting coloured silk threads.  

As you can see it appears like “Scales” or “Blue Wave” but in a single colour.

Here, all you can see is the diamonds in gold and silver.  The reason why it took me so long to finish this one is stitching four path in the same colour was no fun at all.  Using the different colours for each stitching paths gives you the satisfaction to see how much you progressed and/or anticipation how it will be once finished.  But not this one.  What I did was just filling the space with stitches.  When I finally thread the needle with the silver thread, then the gold, I cannot say how much fun I had, especially it changed the hue of grey when I added the silk threads along with the metal threads, then it changed once again with the last stitches in silver and gold.  It was amazing and I regretted that I did not take step by step photos to share with you.

I am considering reopening my shop at Etsy but am not sure because of the shipping options I can offer.  Japan Post does not give me much choice with so less air traffic due to Covid-19.  If you are interested in purchasing “Your First Silk Thimble Trial Kit” (and/or this trinket tray and previous thimbles for earrings, or any other thimbles/pin cushions posted before for that matter), please let me know by email.  You can find my email address in the profile section.  Please let me know which country you live so that I can check with the postal service to see what options we have.

Monday, 16 November 2020

Thimbles on Earrings


I have been working on the new project as I mentioned in the previous post however, it has not progressed as I hoped.  It’s a trinket tray and I should have finished it by now.  The reason why it has taken me so long is the design I chose for it.  I will tell you what it is and why in the next post when I finish it.   

It takes me two to four hours to finish one thimble and naturally I have ended up with so many in my stash.  In recent years I do not do embroidery and I really do not need thimbles in the practical way.  So here is my new way to use stock up thimbles; thimbles on earrings.

One of the above thimbles is the one I made in the past and I am not quite sure but I think I posted it here once.  I made another one to match but not identical on purpose.  I put them on the hoop earrings and here I am a proud owner of the new lovely  earrings.

Friday, 6 November 2020

My first silk thimble after so long a leave

I am back on line after so long a leave and here is my latest thimble.  The design is called “Seikaiha” or “Seigaiha” in Japanese and its direct translation is “Blue Wave”.

I did not intend to make this design as my first thimble but a simple bi-coloured Scales however, I mistakenly used a nine-section marking paper and here I am with this one.

It took me a little over two hours and it was not too bad for the design.  I have started a new one which is not a thimble and when it’s finished I will share it with you here.  In the mean time here is an another photo of the same thimble, this time on my finger.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Design Memo -- Harlequin (or nine-patch diamonds)

I have received requests now and then for the design interpretation for certain designs, mostly advanced ones, and while I do not wish to encourage you to try the new designs while you are still not ready for it by posting advanced design here, it's not very practical for me to answer to the requesters by sending an e-mail one by one and some cases the requester did not provide me with the way to contact them by leaving a comment anonymously without the link to their e-mail addresses or blog posts/web pages.  So I have decided to give you a design memo of the most requested one today.  Although I freely share the design memo with you, it is still my intellectual property and I would like you to respect it.  It is not my intention to imply that any one of you would abuse it, but I just wanted to make a statement so that no misunderstanding would arise at later date, is all.  You would be horrified to know how serious the copyright infringements are on the web.  Having said that, here we go: 
Skill Level:  Advanced
Required technique(s):  Forward stitch, back stitch, and weaving
Number of stitching path(s):  Two and then later becomes four
Design period:  Two sections
Design repeat:  Two sections
Number of round(s):  Single
Number of colour(s) used:  Four

This design is a kind of my original.  The reason why I affixed "a kind of" before "my original" is I cannot be certain that anyone had ever made it before I did but I stitched the design without referring anything, so this is "a kind of" my original.  I call it "Harlequin" because it reminds me of Agatha Christie's "Mysterious Mr Quinn" which based on the Italian masked character, Harlequin. 

The design consists of the centre part of nine-patch diamonds and framing and you have to determine before you start stitching how many stitches you are going to make in one section.

My framing takes six stitches so subtract six from the number of the stitches in one section and the reminder is the number of stitches you are going to stitch for the centre nine-patch diamonds.  It may not be very convenient number for you to form nine-patch so you have to adjust it by:

1) Adding or taking a stitch or two from the total number of the stitches of the section.  Although this is easiest, you may have some difficulty to pack extra two stitches in a section, especially the section is already too packed to start with. 

2) Changing the number of the sections i.e. narrowing/widening the section.  Please note that the number of the sections has to be an even number as "rounding" will not work for the design.  Also please note that the number of the sections will affect the shape of the diamonds, i.e. the more sections, the skinnier the diamonds become.

3) Making the ring size smaller/bigger/shorter/taller, possibly in conjunction with changing the number of sections.  Although It involves most tedious work, you get the best result.  However, if your thimble has to be in the specific size, then it's not an option for you.

Start stitching with two paths and weave 3x3 as you go to form nine-patch's.  As this is nine-patch diamonds, the colour of the second stitching path appears at the four corners and centre small diamonds, so make sure to stitch with the right colour for each path.

Then start stitching the framing commencing from both sides of the portion you have already stitched, therefore the number of your stitching paths now becomes four, stitching alternatively and all in the same colour.  Stitch a row in the first path with back stitch starting from the left side of the first path of the diamonds, then in the same way stitch the third path, then the second path with forward stitch starting from the right side followed by fourth path.  Thread the different colour and stitch the second row in the same fashion, and for the final third row, change back to the colour you used for the first row.

As I stitch the diamonds portion all by forward stitches so the threads lay slanted in the top and bottom triangles however, if you opted for back stitches, back-to-back with forward stitches, then it appears as V-shaped. 

Wish you happy stitching!