Saturday, 1 November 2014

TAST #136 Knotted Buttonhole Band

We have already learned several beautiful embroidery stitch bands and bars in the ongoing Take A Stitch Tuesday course. The latest one, #136, is called Knotted Buttonhole Band and is worked over a row of straight stitches.

First take a look at, or indeed join TAST and learn, the stitch at Pintangle. Then you will know what it should look like. Sharon B, our teacher,  always produces stitches that are neat and tidy.

My first attempt was on the Aida sampler, where I used a purple linen thread and a pink coton a broder. These types of thread have very little twist and the result is - appalling! Green perle 8 behaved better.
Please note, though, that going down the left side of the 'ladder' base stitches the thread sits neatly whereas working the thread in the different direction, as seen on the right side, the thread WILL twist and misbehave.

On my sampler I switched to a newly acquired hand dyed variegated perle 5,
and to a strange 'thread' or should I say nylon string, that I picked up at FOQ some years ago.
Both of these threads have a good twist which help to produce much better results.

Even so the movement of the stitch makes the thread curl up and misbehave a bit.
One TAST participant said it was hard to find where to insert the needle for the second knot. Here is how I solved that problem:
Step 1. Make the first Buttonhole loop.

 Step 2. Insert the needle in the loop before you tighten the first knot.
 Step 3. Tighten the knot around the needle.
 Step 4. Pull the needle through and gently pull the thread to knot the second loop. Use your thumb to hold the thread in place.
Step 5. Pull tight.

In the end I liked this stitch so much I am now off to play with the next one, #137 Beaded Knotted Buttonhole Bar. My report on that one will be posted later.
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WIPW - Completed x 3

Work In Progress Wednesday is a way to help you finish your needlework projects. Read about it here at Pintangle.
WIPW really works; I don't know if any of my progress this week would have happened if it hadn't been for the weekly routine, and the supportive and kind comments and suggestions by WIPW participants.

Completed #1.
The quilting is done!
I have also bought some fabric for the next stage, the edge.

Swedish Cushion
The Swedish cushion has been sleeping all week, and is patiently waiting for a new TAST stitch to fill in some stray empty spaces. (A hint to Sharon, I am hoping for a triangular stitch... ; ) )

New WIPW - TASTy Beads Galore
As there are no beaded TAST stitches on the Swedish cushion, I have started on a new project where I want to add the TAST stitches with beads.
The first stitch is TAST #135 Beaded Fern Stitch.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
Completed #2.
Here is the completed collar shown with the two wrist warmers I made last year.
We are ready for the cold!

Extra WIPW - Felted Bluebells
Completed #3.
Do you remember the felted bluebells I had intended to use as ornaments on the strings of the collar? As they were too large, I dressed them up with some embroidery and beads, and turned them into Christmas decorations. Who's heard of Winter Bluebells?

TAST Reference Chart
#135 Beaded Fern Stitch has been added.
I hope you are working towards completing a project, too. Keep up the good work!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

TAST #135 Beaded Fern Stitch

Trust Sharon B of Pintangle to turn the basic Fern Stitch into a beaded version.
Here is TAST stitch #135 Beaded Fern Stitch:
 It looks as good on Aida, above, as on the sampler, below, don't you think?
 Want to learn it for yourself? Head over to Pintangle and join in the fun.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WIPW - Next week Wednesday

Work In Progress Wednesday helps you work towards completing needlework projects. Read and learn from Pintangle, then join in, if you want to share the fun.

I have added another row of quilting.

Swedish Cushion
The recently learned Fern stitch, TAST #134, quickly found its way onto the cushion. Pink Perle #8.

TAST Reference Chart
The Fern stitch grew here, too, and in a circle!
I need to remove the blue marker lines!

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
Last week I showed a photo of wool fleece. I took it while attending a workshop in felting on the island of Koster near the Swedish West Coast in July.
There I made two 'bluebells' to use as ornaments for the cords of the collar.
I was very pleased with them until I saw that they were too large.
New ornaments had to be made. I had some wool in my stash in Tokyo, and remembered the technique. The result was two smaller ornaments, however they are not bluebells.
Instead their plainness make them perfect for TAST embroidery, and as you can see the Fern Stitch came out to play again.
A few stitches here and there and the Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar will be complete. It will be on display next Wednesday!

Where do you think the two bluebells are destined for? The bin? The cupboard? Or the ...? Also on display next Wednesday. Until then have a happy stitchy time!