Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - August 20

This week I decorated 2 seams on block 3 for my Crazy White quilt. It’s the last block of the 4 blocks I prepared in 2012! My first seam was drawn with the help of Sharon’s CQ stencil. I stitched Portuguese stem stitch in perle 5. It will be decorated when all embroidery on the block is done.
Here I made a combo of detached chain stitch, pistil stitch, bullion knots and French knots. The thread is perle 8.
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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Closed herringbone or double backstitch

TAST stitch 124 is closed herringbone stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

This stitch is not new to me, I used it from time to time as a filling stitch. You can see that in my ATC Blueprint and my embroidery Birth. Sharon wrote that if you stitched the closed herringbone on the back, you can use it for shadow work. So that’s what I did. First I read a lot about it. I found good info online:

But most of my info came from old Dutch embroidery books and magazines. I used the patterns from these magazines.
This leaf was a pattern for a curtain. Luckily I had a coupon of a polyester curtain. I stitched this leaf at the backside in closed herringbone stitch in cotton a broder #16. I secured my thread by weaving it through the threads at the edge, so it’s not visible in the project I’m going to use it for.
This pretty pattern was for a hanky. I used part of an old woman’s dress and 2 threads of stranded floss. I stitched the lines in backstitch on the good side and turned it into a whipped stem stitch at the back to secure my threads. This will be part of the same project as the leaf.
I took these photos when the embroidery was still in my hoop. The blue water soluble pen was not removed yet.
You can take a closer look at my embroidery  here and here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Daisy

 . . . is the name of my new dotee doll. I gave her a necklace of beaded herringbone stitch, which is TAST stitch 125. I didn’t use Sharon’s tutorial, but one of the samples in the RSN Bead Embroidery book by Shelley Cox. The thread goes through the bead twice. I used 2 threads of stranded floss.
I stitched feather stitch on her body with 2 threads of stranded floss and decorated it with small bugle beads.
TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Collage ATC

Last month I participated in a collage ATC swap. I made this fruit collage for Marjorie.
And Tosha made this pretty ATC for me with patterned fabric, paper and buttons. She called it Fun with Fabric.
Thank you Tosha!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - August 13

When I wanted to add more beads to my block I finally saw it was already finished. Yesterday I damp stretched it.
Today I could take a nice photo of my finished block. Just click the photo to take a closer look.
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, August 11, 2014

Zentangle ATC’s

Last month I participated in a zentangle ATC swap. I tangled Auraknot and Bunzo on a watercolour background for Denise.
And Marjorie tangled this pretty ATC for me.
Thank you, Marjorie!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Blue fabric card

TAST stitch 123 is woven chained bar. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle. I used it for the first seam on my fabric card. The bar is done in DMC Jewell effects, the woven zigzag chain in cotton a broder.
Crocheted lace in wool with Stef Francis Tick Rayon bouclé woven through the holes.
Feather stitch in 2 threads of stranded floss, decorated with small bugle beads.
Tied herringbone stitch in 2 threads of stranded floss.
Half buttonhole wheels in DMC perle 5 color variations.
Beaded linked chain in 2 threads of stranded floss.
My button cluster.
Take a closer look at my fabric card here.