Saturday, 13 November 2010

Portuguese Border Stitch

Portuguese Border Stitch forms a bold decorative band or as it's name suggests, border. You can work this stitch on evenweave and plain weave fabrics, but if opting for the plain fabric it is best to mark two parallel lines on your fabric as a guide. You can also mark dots on these parallel lines to get the rungs of the ladder even. The ladder of straight stitches form the foundation.

Ok, to work Portuguese Border Stitch, working top to bottom, begin by bringing your needle up at 1, down at 2 and up at 3 and down at 4. Continue working a ladder of straight stitches for as long as you want your border to be.

Starting at the bottom of your ladder change to a blunt needle and bring your needle up at 5 just below the bottom rung and slightly to the right. Next pass your needle under the second rung of your ladder and back under the first rung without piercing your fabric. Create another two vertical stitches in this way. Then pass your needle under the second rung of your ladder only as shown in the picture below.

Next pass your needle under the third rung of your ladder and back under the second rung, your needle should emerge to the left. Then pass your needle under the third rung only as shown below without piercing your fabric. Work in this way all the way up your ladder of' foundation stitches. When you reach the top insert your needle into your fabric at 6 and fasten off the thread.

Now to work the opposite side bring your needle up at 7 and make stitches to match, Slanting your stitches up the right side of the band. When you reach the top of your border insert your needle at 8 and fasten off your thread.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Life is full of twists and turns

As the post heading says 'life is full of twists and turns' and my life has taken another turn recently! I haven't posted for awhile and I guess I have been trying to make decisions about what to do whether to carry on or to give up completely writing the blog and also my embroidery!

My husband and I have just recently taken on the huge responsibility of home educating our seven year old son and eventually our younger child too. The school our son attend really let him down and we feel it is in his best interests to be taught in a way where we can see his development and educate him with a more child led approach which is centred around his interests and also ability. It's a big step and I have had my head in countless websites looking at the pros and cons of elected home education but we feel it is the right one! Our son is happier and that is all that matters!

I have changed my header graphic to my blog to reflect that my kids come first (not that they never didn't!) and that embroidery and everything else I do come after that, I'm still going to write the blog and carry on with all the things I love doing like cooking, knitting and of course embroidery and I will still be creating things for my etsy shop ArtyThreads. However these things will be done when school is done for the day and at the weekends when my husband takes our son to his clubs. I guess embroidery is now my hobby like knitting and cooking and I am happy about that as for the last year I feel I have been running after something or part of a huge race and I don't have to do that now and that is definitely a good thing!

I guess my blog is going to change a bit and I hope those of you that drop in and read it will stick with me as here will be a mix of family, home ed, embroidery, cooking and knitting and everything else in between lol. It would be great to hear from other parents who are home educating their children too as I would love to hear your experiences!

Cheerio for now!

Sarah x