Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - November 26

This week I started stitching the background of my Phoenix. First I tried a few pulled thread stitches on my doodle cloth. I decided to use coil stitch again, it’s the stitch in the bottom left corner.
Here I stitched coil stitch at the top of the left wing, the thread is a variegated cotton a broder #25.
And I stitched coil stitch in perle 12 at the right side of the head.
Work In Progress Wednesday is a support group to encourage people to complete languishing projects, Works In Slow Progress or UFO’s.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - November 19

There wasn’t much time for stitching this week, I’m working on a knitting project for a little girl that will be born soon. So there’s not much progress on my Phoenix this week. I finished the outline in Portuguese stem stitch and marked the border of my work in yellow tacking thread. I don’t stitch a border, because my daughter want her phoenix framed.
The next step will be pulled thread. I already gathered my books . . .
 . . . and some of my old embroideries for inspiration. I took a photo of them together, because I’m sure many of you never saw my older work. The oldest piece on this photo is my dragon, I made it for the Stitch Explorer Assisi challenge at Pin Tangle in March 2009. I only used stranded floss for this ornament, you can read more about it here. The first time I tried pulled thread is in my Casalguidi tree, which I made in May 2009 for another Stitch Explorer challenge. You can read more about this tree here. Nefertiti was the last embroidery I made in Sharon’s PLOS class. You can read more about my Nefertiti here. I made the last 2 embroideries for Sharon’s Sumptuous Surface class in 2011. I wrote about my sumptuous pieces here and here.
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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - November 12

This week I started my new WIPW project, a sumptuous surface embroidery 
for my youngest daughter. The phoenix is designed by my oldest daughter. 
I transferred the pattern to my 28 count linen on a window, . . .
. . . framed it in my new SuperFrame (17 x 17 inch or 43 x 43 cm). . .
. . . and started the outline of the phoenix. I stitched Portuguese stem stitch in 2 threads of stranded coral red floss.
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.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Randje 77-80

Slow progress on my borders. This morning I finally finished randje 80, a very time consuming border.
More info about this SAL at Randje per week. Today they published randje 91 & 92.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - November 5

Today I want to introduce a new project, my Crazy White quilt will be on hold until it’s finished. A few months ago my youngest daughter moved into a new home. I already made a quilt for my oldest daughter, so I thought this would be perfect timing for a quilt for her. We talked about fabric and layout, but when she visited us she saw my Assisi dragon and fell in love with it again. She wanted something like that! We talked a lot about the design and she decided it should be a phoenix in yellow, orange, red and blue. With that in mind I created this collage in my studio journal.
We spent a few lovely hours to make a colour palette in thread and beads. She was very specific about the colours she didn’t want me to use!
My oldest daughter designed the phoenix, which I’m not going to share yet. 
I bought a nice linen evenweave and my fingers itch to get started!

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, November 4, 2014

Triple chain stitch

TAST stitch 133 is triple chain stitch. Tast stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

Sharon’s triple chain stitches on her band sampler inspired the seam on my CQ fan. I used Stef Francis perle 5 and bugle beads.
To get the spacing right, I added a bugle bead after stitching each pair of side arms of the stitch.
Take a closer look at my triple chain stitch here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween

I’ve been planning a Halloween post and then there was no time to blog! So here it is, just a day too late. I made this ATC for a Halloween swap, I used this pattern to crochet BOO.
This is the pretty ATC I received for the same swap. It’s made by Kathie.
And I made a Halloween collage in my new altered book Rooie, just finished it this morning.
There will be a post in the next few weeks to tell you what happened to my first unfinished altered book Een stem van papier.