Happy Friday the 13th! I hope you all had a lovely week. Today I have a new stitch, Ripples, which will work for water & possibly sky. Also, I just received a new book, “Stitches Volume Four” by Ruth Schmuff, and have a book review for you!
Ruth Schmuff’s newest book “Stitches Volume Four” is a wonderful resource for stitchers. I purchased the smaller version this time for portability. I currently own the large version of the other three volumes and all the apps.
The smaller travel volume is the same size as other portable books such as Desert Island Stitches & Stitch Landscape.
Stitches Volume 4 has 347 pages, is divided into eight sections, Diagonal Stitches, Straight Stitches, Crossed and Tied Stitches, Eye Stitches, Darning Patterns, Laid Fillings, Blackwork Patterns, & Decorative Stitches. Just like Ruth’s previous books the diagrams are large and easy to follow with the stitch path charted out. Since I had to go to the dentist yesterday I brought the book with me to see how portable it is, I browsed through it easily whilst sitting in the dentist’s chair. I always bring diversions since I don’t like going to the dentist!
The new stitches I found in this volume are sparking my imagination! I can also honestly say that when the app becomes available I will purchase it for my iPad & phone as well. This book was worth the wait…..
I always seem to be looking for the perfect sky stitch, and currently I have been unable to find a sky stitch for my Walk Across the Sea 2 canvas. After searching through multiple books and not finding what I wanted the Ripples Stitch came to life. Ripples stitch looks more like a water stitch to me, hence the name 🙂
The stitch is a 4 row repeat, watch the stitch count in the center since it does change in each row. By changing the middle stitch size it gives an optical illusion of movement, ripples….
The samples are stitched using one strand of DMC blue Floche. One strand of Floche is the perfect thread weight for water or sky.
In the above photo the wave pattern I stitched for sky is pretty, but looks more like a roaring ocean! Originally I had wanted the background to look like an ocean, but now I would rather have my Hawaiian lady looking up at the sky. Ripples stitch had been had been charted for the sky, but I am on the fence about whether or not to use this stitch. What do you think? Send me a comment with your thoughts 🙂 At the moment I am voting no and still looking for another sky stitch 😉
I hope you have enjoyed today’s stitch and book review. The “tigers” want to say hello before I go.
Have a wonderful Friday the 13th, and remember black cats are lucky! I hope you all have a wonderful stitchy weekend 🙂