Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WIPW - idle fingers

Work In Progress Wednesday is a good chance to show off what progress one has made on one's needlework, or how little progress one has made! My fingers have been idle this week, and I do not have much to show. Head over to Pintangle and see what more nimble fingers have produced.

Swedish Cushion
NO progress whatsoever.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
I stitched the kavelfrans (napped edgings) to the edge of the collar. It was HARD work to tame the 'fluffy creature' who wanted to wriggle, twist and turn, but now that it is 'chained',  I can put on the lining.

I have quilted another row of (uneven) Chain Stitches along the border.

TAST Reference Chart
I added TAST #131 Beaded Lock Stitch to my reference chart.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

TAST #131 Beaded Lock Stitch

Sharon gave us another Lock Stitch, Beaded Lock Stitch, TAST #131. I have seen so many beautiful interpretations of this stitch by others that I think the possibilities are endless.

Here is my bead play:
Row one and two with Double Lock Stitch, row three with Lock Stitch on Aida. The thread is Coton á broder.
 Perle #5 on my sampler.
I loved playing around with beads on these curved designs in perle #8. It is hard to believe they are the same stitch, isn't it? Because I used a variegated thread,  the stitches in the middle design are both light blue and pink, while the beads are all pink. I should have stuck to a solid coloured thread.
I used Sharon's templates to draw the designs. If you want to learn the stitch, here is the link to Pintangle.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WIPW - Wasting wool?

It is Wednesday and time for the Work In Progress Wednesday (WIPW) report on my needlework projects. For details of WIPW, please visit Pintangle.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
I completed the 'kavelfrans', aka napped edging.

The wool was tufted with a comb and brush. A tedious job if ever there was one!!!
The tufted wool was trimmed with scissors. Wasting wool?
The trimmed edging was steamed to make the wool more compact.
The completed kavelfrans pretending to be a hairy twisted creature while waiting to be attached to the collar. More on this next week.

Swedish Cushion
At first I disliked the two TAST stitches, #129 Lock Stitch and #130 Double Lock Stitch. Then I got over my fobia, began to like them, and finally enjoyed them so much I just had to add them to the Swedish Cushion. There was space for the Lock stitch,
 and the Double Lock Stitch.
 As you can see I can fill them with another TAST stitch, so this cushion is still not done!

TAST Reference Chart
I added the two most recent stitches, #129 and #130. Then updated the chart with the missing name labels.

Haven't we got an impressive number of stitches under our belts now? Thank you Sharon for teaching us all of them, and hopefully many more to come.

I used my TAST reference chart to select the next quilting stitch. I looked carefully at the back of the chart to find a stitch that would not leave long 'toe catching' stitches on the back of the quilt. In the end I chose the simple, well known, and by me much loved Chain Stitch.
This will take some time to quilt. No doubt the traditional quilting stitch (Running stitch) is much faster, but I really want this to be an embroidered quilt!

It has been a productive week. I wonder if my fingers will be as nimble for next week's report. See you then!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

TAST #130 Double Lock Stitch - turns into a birthday card

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday.
Sharon teaches you a new stitch on her blog, Pintangle, on a Tuesday. You learn it, photograph the result and post it on your own blog. You then leave a comment on Pintangle with a link to your blog so other members can see how you interpreted the stitch. Why don't you join in?

Having said all that, I must admit that for TAST #130 Double Lock Stitch, I felt like not blogging about it at all!
It is a version of #129, and equally hard to get the tension even.

On Aida, using yellow Cotton a Broder and blue Perle #8.

Here is a strange thread combination, black Perle #3 and variegated nylon thread, or is it string? It is something I picked up at Festival of Quilts some years ago.
I thought that one day I will try these stitches again, and hopefully they will fall into place in my mind and hands!

Well, that day is already here! Thanks to encouragement and inspiration from other TAST members (read the comments on my previous blog posts and you can see how much support I get from my online friends) I decided to put in some more work into this stitch.

Annet, always a source of knowledge, advice and inspiration, mentioned that she prefers doing the second part of the stitch from left to right. So I gave that a try, hmm, yes, easier but still the tension was not good, and I was using a hoop.
Then suddenly the name struck me, Lock Stitch, of course that could mean that you 'lock' the stitches by pulling tightly on the thread!
After looking through my library of embroidery books I finally found one that contained the Lock stitch; the Danish Jytte Harboesgaard's Brodera - Stygn, sömmar och tekniker (Swedish translation). She stitches from bottom to top, like this:

See how the direction of the needle moves and that the thread is always behind the needle.
I think my tension was poor because I was confused about the direction of the needle and the thread!

Chitra is often using a paisley design, or making flowers or curves for her TAST samplers. Maureen made some fantastic Christmas wreaths. It was time for me to try some other shapes and different tension.
In the green hexagon shape I worked two rounds of white thread. Instead of Straight stitches I tested the stitch on orange Buttonhole stitches. By pulling the thread tightly, 'locking' the Lock Stitch, you get almost an Up and Down Buttonhole look like in the variegated circle. However, can you spot the mistake I made?

Then I felt I wanted to use the Lock stitch in a project and made this birthday card for my uncle:
Check out the flowers made up of orange and yellow Lock stitch, and the green leaves! Are they all the same stitch? YES!

Isn't it great when a stitch you did not like becomes something you love? NEVER give up!

Fore more fantastic Lock stitch eye candy, have a look at six days work of Quieter Moments.