Thursday, 13 May 2021
Sunday, 4 April 2021
This design is called bi-coloured scales, the most basic of the thimbles. Here are the step by step diagrams to show you how the design is formed as you stitch:
Friday, 5 March 2021
Finally I finished the design diagram I have been working on. This is the diagram of the thimble I posted early last month. The thimble itself is on the book I checked out from the library and following the instruction I was able to finish it relatively easily. However, drawing the design diagram was a completely different story.
I am not good at digital things. I wanted to try some fancy drawing software but I ended up with good old Paint. I drew the diamond grid pattern and filled each cells with colours. It was a tedious work and took very long to finish but what it took me so long was for me to understand the design itself.
I made the thimble so I should have understood how to stitch to form the design but I did not. It was a very good experience for me to fully understand the design.
As you enlarge the above diagram, you can see how the stitching threads travel and which travels on (or beneath) which threads. Most of the design diagram on the books, if not all, are just rectangle divided by vertical and diagonal lines and colour-blocked. You cannot see how the threads layer each other.
I am now working on the step by step diagrams. Actually I made copies of the image while working and hopefully I could finish them up sooner so that you could stitch the thimble, too.
Lastly, it's the same image but I will show you the finished thimble here again. I am sorry but I placed it upside down in the photo and you may have a little difficulty to compare it with the design diagram to understand how to stitch.
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
I have just posted 5 of “Your First Japanese Silk Thimble Making Kit” at my Etsy shop.
Due to the decreased international flights because of Corvid-19, please contact me BEFORE placing your order so that I could double the postal service situation from Japan to your country.
Monday, 8 February 2021
I have finished this thimble more than a week ago but has not got around to post it here. The major reason was I wanted post it with a design interpretation and have still been working on a design diagram. I don’t think it would be ready anytime soon, so this post is just a photo of the finished thimble, only.
Monday, 11 January 2021
Here is my first thimble of the year.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Required technique(s): Forward stitch and back stitch
Number of stitching path(s): Four then later two
Design period: Four sections
Design repeat: Four sections
Number of round(s): Single
Number of colour(s) used: Five
My original design choice was Nine-patch Diamonds in red and white as these colours represent celebration in Japan however, I have too many of them in my stash and I wanted something different. It turned out all right but the black lining is just too strong a contrast for the pastel hues I chose for the design. I almost always choose black for lining because matching the lining colour to the threads colours is not very easy especially as I use readymade bias binding tape.
When I had selected four threads from my stash I thought they would work but no, they did not. Putting the thread cards (silk hand sewing thread comes on a card, and not on a bobbin) side by side does not always guarantee that you made a right colour choice. You have to stitch them to make sure these are what you want. Unfortunately the light beige I chose does not work well with the light lavender. They are too similar hue when stitched next to each other and that is why I had to stitch the additional round in white. But all in all it turned all right I suppose.