Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - September 17

Last Saturday I patched a new 8 x 8 inch block for my Crazy White quilt, it’s my 5th.
This morning I had time to decorated the first seam with TAST stitch 126: alternating up and down buttonhole stitch. I stitched it in a V-shape and added straight stitches. The threads are perle 5 and cotton a broder.
Work In Progress Wednesday is a support group to encourage people to complete languishing projects, Works In Slow Progress or UFO’s.
More info at Pin Tangle.

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beaded lock stitch

TAST stitch 129 is lock stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at PinTangle.
This stitch was part of TAST 2010 and I stitched a sampler in November 2010 with many experiments. I wrote about it on my blog and shared the complete sampler on my Flickr page. Now it was time to build on my previous experiments, the lock stitch with detached chain stitches instead of straight stitches was my favourite. I repeated it on my CQ fan and added beads between the locks. The threads are perle 5 and cotton a broder. This time I stitched from left to right, which is much easier if you’re right-handed. I found the instructions in one of my embroidery books (Encyclopedia of embroidery stitches including crewel). My camera was on my worktable when I was stitching, so I made a few progress photos and a short video when I pulled the thread for locking the stitch. I turned it into a short video tutorial, you can watch it here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zentangle ATC’s - Pattern names B

I participated in a zentangle ATC swap. In this swap you could only use tangle names with B. First I drew 2 similar strings on my ATC’s. Then I tangled Bales, Beelight, Black Box, Bunzo, Boxt and Black Eyed Peas. It was fun to see how different both ATC’s were at the end!
And these are the pretty ATC’s I received for the same swap.
Made by Lisa from the USA
made by Riitta from Finland
Thank you Lisa and Riitta!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Owl ornament

I stitched this cross stitch owl in March and turned it into an ornament. The pattern was part of a cross stitch kit with 6 patterns and enough fabric for 2 of them. A dear friend liked it very much, so I made it one of her birthday gifts!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Selvage ATC’s

I participated in a few ATC swaps and had the same partners for 2 of them. I made my ATC’s for Ruth, who’s work I have seen since the very first TAST! Of course I had to use TAST stitches on her ATC, woven trellis, French knots and woven detached chain stitch. It’s been 6 weeks since I sent it to her, but I still hope it will arrive.
And this is the second ATC I made for Ruth. This time I wove the selvages and partly covered it with fancy organza, which I attached with French knots. This one arrived after only 8 days!
These pretty ATC’s are made for me by Arlyna in China. I like the words on the first ATC. . .
. . . and the cute label and Ikea selvage on the second ATC.
Thank you Arlyna!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - September 10

There were only 2 seams left on block 3 for my Crazy White quilt. I started with TAST stitch 128: interlaced up and down buttonhole stitch. The thread is cotton a broder.
The last seam didn’t want any stitches, it wanted a button and bead trail. I’m sure this was inspired by the beautiful examples from Sharon here and here!
After adding beads to the chained feather and buttons at the Portuguese stem stitch 
I attached this pretty flower ring with cotton a broder, just straight stitches and French knots. This was part of a necklace, I bought it to use the pretty parts for my CQ!
Then it was time to damp stretch my finished block, but I had used wooden buttons and beads. So I covered my bead and button trail with plastic, which I removed after spraying the water.
Block 3 is finished, it was the last of the 4 blocks I prepared in February 2012!
Just click the photo to take a closer look at my block.
Work In Progress Wednesday is a support group to encourage people to complete languishing projects, Works In Slow Progress or UFO’s.
More info at Pin Tangle.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Leo and sun ornament

I participated in a Zodiac, sun or moon ornament swap. My swap partner wanted a Leo ornament and I knew she liked vintage. I have a few vintage magazines, one of them is this Ariadne dated June 15, 1967 with all Zodiac patterns.
I used 2 and 4 threads of stranded floss to stitch the Leo on Gingham.  
The edge is couched with knitting yarn.
I received a sun ornament for the same swap. This cheerful sun is made for me by Mary.