Thursday, 24 July 2014

30th July - International Embroidery Day

30th of July is coming up soon. I just wanted to remind you that it is International Embroidery Day, founded by the Swedish 'Broderiakademin, BRAK'. Read all about it here.

I am going to work with this material:
You might guess what it will turn into.

What about you, are you also going to work on an embroidery project on July 30th? I hope so. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WIPW - Stitch sabotage

Work In Progress Wednesday -  if you have read my blog before you know what a great support group this is for completing your slow or unfinished needlework projects. If not, go to Pintangle to learn, share and enjoy.

My WIPW projects have been subject to sabotage - a broken down washing machine and rescheduled social calendar have prevented me from making any real progress.

Anyway, here is what I have done:

Swedish Cushion
Only one TAST stitch was used. #21 Knotted Cretan, but I did use it twice!, in purple and pink Perle 8.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
I've come half way on this design.
Hopefully I will have much more work to show next week, then again it IS holiday time, hot and hectic!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

TAST # 121 Twisted Lattice Band

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday - read about this stitch study project at Pintangle.

TAST #121 Twisted Lattice Band is based on #120 Double Herringbone Stitch. By lacing the stitches you get a nice braided look.

However, if you work the Herringbone stitches too close, like I have done on the top row, it is hard to lace the stitches. 
I also noticed that a variegated thread (the orange) makes a very uneven appearance.
In the four vertical columns you can see that I started each line with half a stitch in the middle. That made the counting of holes SO much easier.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

WIPW - On the Go

I am on the go, but have packed my WIPW (Work In Progress Wednesday) projects to have something to do while travelling. WIPW is a support programme to help you make progress on your needlework projects. Read more at Pintangle.

Swedish Cushion
Here I have made the outline of a heart in TAST #114 Long Tailed Chain (light green), and filled it with #108 Rice Stitch (brown and blue) and #109 Square Boss Stitch (brown and red).

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
Another flower is blossoming.

TAST Reference Chart
All 121 TAST stitches we have learned so far have been added, although the last ones have no name tag.