Stitching Around the World Although we cannot go to Gerlinde’s house to stitch at present, we can bring Gerlinde’s house to you!
This month’s ‘Friday Stitch’ international visit is to Hungary. Gerlinde shows us here how to do the braided chain stitch used in ‘Hungarian Red Work’. It is very versatile as it can be used to create lines and to fill in larger areas. To go with your stitching, here is Gerlinde’s apple cake recipe – I (Karen) have eaten this at Gerlinde’s house and can vouch for its yumminess!
April This month it is Celtic Heart Knots which can be outlined and stitched with any of the variations of herringbone stitch. Gerlinde’s sample has the herringbone quite closely spaced with contrasting threads as an outline, but if you look up your stitch dictionaries you will find dozens of variations. The diagram here shows the basic stitch. You can download the two heart patterns and the stitch diagram here, but if you prefer to make your own pattern, Gerlinde’s are paper cuts folded in half to make them symmetrical. Our template has been traced from her photos so may not be perfect. Her inspiration was from Gail Lawthor’s book ‘Celtic Quilting’. Gerlinde is going to work the second sample as Trapunto quilting – stitch the outlines through two layers of fabric then make small cuts in the back fabric in order to stuff the white lines with a thick woollen thread. More pictures will be posted when she has got it underway! Please send in photos of your samples to be added to the web page. Fridays at Gerlinde’s would not be complete without some of her delicious cake. Alas there are some things that cannot be downloaded from the internet, but here is the recipe for what you are missing! A very easy, mix it up together fruit cake.
Apple Cake 125 g butter or marg. 125 g sugar - extra sugar for sprinkling zest of 1/2 lemon 2 eggs 175 g pl flour 1 tsp b. powder 1 pinch of salt 4 or 5 apples, depending on size Cream fat fluffy, add sugar and lemon zest and eggs one by one, stir in sifted flour with b.p. and salt. Spread in a prepared springform ca. 26cm across, place the peeled and quartered apples, with fan-like incisions, onto the mix. Cover the tin with greased paper first to prevent the apples drying out. After about 20 minutes take the paper off and finish baking. Baking: ca. 40 minutes at 160C fan oven While warm sprinkle with some caster sugar. Enjoy! Gerlinde Gerlinde's Moist Fruit Cake 1 round {at least 20cm diameter) or square cake time, lined with baking paper Ingredients 250 g self raising flour, sifted 175 g softened butter/margarine or half/half 175 g dark soft brown sugar 500 g raisins, currants, sultanas 75 g glace cherries/ optional or aranzini (candied orange peel)/citron peel or similar 50 g chopped walnuts – optional – can easily be left out 3 eggs, beaten 3 Tablespoons milk or yoghurt or buttermilk or quark, whatever is at hand 1 Tablespoon golden syrup or honey Place all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and beat thoroughly until well blended. Turn into the prepared baking tin. Bake at 150 C/ 300 F / 140 C fan oven for approx. 2 hours – in a small tin a bit longer, in a larger or square/rectangular tin 60 – 70 minutes will be enough. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before turning out from tin and cooling on a rack. Leave on the baking paper its easier to store and keep well. Enjoy! Gerlinde
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