Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TAST 103 & 104

TAST stitch 103 is beaded butterfly chain stitch. I’ve used it for a seam on 
my CQ fan block. The threads are cotton a broder and YLI silk buttonhole twist. The pretty beads were a gift from Maureen. This variation was inspired by an experiment on my brown sampler.
TAST stitch 104 is buttonholed cable chain stitch. It made another pretty seam on my CQ fan block. The thread is perle 5. I decorated it with 2,6 mm beads.
My CQ fan with the new seams.
TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Egg SAL 4

I almost forgot to share my finished Easter Egg SAL! It has many old TAST stitches. I wrote about the details here, here and here.
The free pattern for this Easter egg is available at NeedleKnowledge.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Randje 29-31

These are the borders I made in the last few weeks. I skipped border 26-28 and continued with border 29 and 30.
Border 31 was 4 stitches tall, . . .
 . . . just the right size to finish my first page.
More info about this SAL at Randje per week.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - April 16

I finished the last 7 pages for my TAST 2012 fabric book, I only needed to zigzag the edges. Now I can sew the pages together and continue working on the cover. 
I could write a lot about these pages, but it would be a very long post. If you want to read more about one of these samplers, just click the photo and it will take you to my Flickr page.
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, April 15, 2014

Old rice and square boss stitches

TAST stitch 108 is rice stitch and TAST stitch 109 is square boss. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

When I saw these new TAST stitches I knew I had some old samples to share. 
I hope you enjoy them. My first samples are part of my TAST 2007 sampler, which I stitched in July 2009. I used stranded floss, 4 threads for the square boss and 
2 and 4 threads for the rice stitch. This is a combo of both stitches.
A square of rice stitches in different colour combo’s on the same sampler.
An experiment with square boss in green and red.
Another experiment with square boss on the same sampler. I stitched the second part of the stitch in diamond shape.
Here I translated a cross stitch pattern to rice stitch, I doodled this little house myself (I don’t think I could call it a design!). Feel free to use it. This is the last detail on my TAST 2007 sampler, take a closer look at the complete sampler here.
This combo of Cretan stitch and square boss is part of my PLOS sampler for week 5. The threads are perle 5.
My last sample is a puzzle picture. It’s a detail of the canvas stitches on my embroidery Relief, which I made for Sharon’s sumptuous surface class. There are different canvas stitches, including scattered rice stitches. It’s stitched in Stef Francis spun silk with flames, a nice thread that changes in thickness and colour. The second thread is Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid in shiny green. Shiny threads are hard to photograph!
 There are more rice stitches in this purple part, you can see a larger detail here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter chickens

I knitted 2 Easter chickens, one for me and one for a dear friend. The English pattern is called Esther,Ernie & Enid Easter Chickens. Luckily I found the Dutch translation with lots of progress photo’s here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Page 134-135

Another collage in my altered book Een stem van papier. It’s the last spread of the book, but it’s not finished yet. I randomly finish the pages, I think I’m halfway by now.