Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - 1 1/2

Work In Progress Wednesday, lead by Sharon at Pintangle, is worth checking out. This week there is a mini challenge, if you are interested.

I am almost back on track with my two projects. I completed the set task on the Kafferepet quilt, but am only half done on the Swedish Cushion.

This is the last of the central blocks to be quilted. I worked Alternating Stem Stitch for the leaves, i.e. one Stem Stitch and one Outline Stitch. It makes a nice ragged outline, but I think the three strands of embroidery floss might have been a bit too heavy. I'll give it a think... The spots are coffee beans made out of TAST #58 Woven Detached Chain Stitch.

Swedish Cushion
The Swedish Cushion needs some REAL Swedish traditional design, not just my play with stitches.
Recently I was given the English translation of Karin Holmberg's book 'Karins Broderier', 'Stitched in Scandinavia' is the English title. This book contains samples of traditional and typical Swedish embroidery. For this week's work I selected Påsöm. This kind of stitchery is usually worked in wool on homespun and is featured on folk costumes from Dala Floda region. The stitch is Enkelsidig Plattsöm, Surface Satin Stitch. Of course, I am working on the cotton fabric of the cushion and use stranded floss. As you can see I have not completed the flower, nor have I worked particularly neatly! 

(You can read Karin Holmberg's blog here and read a review of the book by Carorose Creations by clicking here)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Friends to the rescue

Oh, the greatness of having online friends! Once again someone has come to my rescue. It was  Annet of Fat-Quarter who left  a comment on the last blog post of mine.

I had been complaining about how difficult the TAST #106 Looped Cretan Stitch was to space, or rather how hard it had been for me. Then Annet mentioned that she often uses Aida fabric for trying out new stitches. Why hadn't I thought of that!? I quickly pulled out a piece of scrap Aida and stitched two rows: 

Aren't they neat? From now on, I will need to test the stitches on Aida before struggling with all those holes in even-weave.

Isn't the advice, inspiration and support of one's online friends something to be very grateful about? I think so, and this time direct a heartfelt THANK YOU to Annet.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

TAST #106 Looped Cretan Stitch and its Beaded version #107

TAST #106 has been named Looped Cretan, and if you want to learn it, you should go to Pintangle.

It looked complicated to me and I had a hard time counting threads to get an even spacing. Many other participants, however, said they had no problems. I think I will love this stitch in free form rather than formal counted work.

Here is the beaded version of the stitch. I got on a bit better with this TAST #107 Beaded Looped Cretan, or maybe I just liked the colours better...
However, as you can see I missed the placement of one of the pearls, so you need a certain amount of concentration to do this stitch, too. Want to try it out? Sharon will teach you at Pintangle.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

TAST #104 and #105 Buttonholed Cable Chain and Alternating BCC

Finally I have made some progress on the TAST front.
#104 is called Buttonholed Cable Chain and consists of a base stitch of Cable Chain onto whose chains buttonhole stitches have been worked. Do you follow?
They are here seen in blue.
#105 is the same stitch but the buttonholes are only worked on one alternating side of the chain, so it is appropriately called Alternating Cable Chain. Here they are worked in red.

A bead would fit beautifully on the link, so I expect one day there will be a Beaded Buttonholed Cable Chain...Let's just wait and see what Sharon says..
If you want to learn this stitch or any of the other 103 TAST stitches head over to Sharon's Pintangle.