Tuesday, 29 July 2014

TAST # 122 Chained Bar

TAST - Take A Stitch Tuesday, has reached stitch 122. Everyone I talk to, who is not doing TAST,  is amazed that there are so many various stitches. Many more to come I hope! Go to Pintangle and let Sharon tell you all about this great online place for embroidery stitches.

TAST #122 is called Chained Bar. Basically it is a row of Zig-zag Chain Stitches worked on top of a base of straight stitches or a ribbon.

It would be nice to call it Zig-zag Chain Couching, but there is a snag. These stitches have a tendency to 'float' and won't hold a ribbon down neatly. It is very obvious in the first row of brown Zig-zag Chain Stitches.
In the third row from the top I faked it, and made Detached Chain Stitches in a zig-zag pattern.

I also made two samples with two colours. The one at the bottom is Magical Chain.

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.