Monday, November 26, 2012

Portuguese border stitch

The TAST stitch for week 47 is Portuguese border stitch. I don’t like the beginnings of the stitch, but Queeniepatch found a great solution. Of course I had to try it too, it works great! First I stitched a few rows with different threads. From left to right: 
perle 8, perle 5 and Stef Francis spun silk with flames on a base of perle 8.
Then I flipped through my TAST 2010 fabric book to see what I had done at the time. I noticed the VanDyke stitch and thought it could be a base for the Portuguese border stitch. I stitched it with perle 5.
I used the arms of the VanDyke stitch for the Portuguese border stitch in perle 5.
There was room for one more experiment, so I had to think which stitch to use for the foundation. I thought about pistil or buttonhole stitches, but decided to try the Cretan stitch. I stitched it with 4 threads of stranded floss . . .
. . . and used the arms for the Portuguese border stitch in perle 8. The left one is stitched from top to bottom, the right one from bottom to top.
The complete 2 x 2 inch Aida sampler is on my Flickr-page.

7 comments:

  1. I love these stitches especially the ones on the thicker yarn...
    http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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  2. Je experimenten zijn goed geslaagd!
    Groetjes,
    Paula

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  3. you have really taken this stitch to new heights, such imagination to include other stitches with it.

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  4. Thank you Annet for your link to my blog and the kind words.
    I followed the instructions in a Danish book! I often check various books, websites and other sources to find the instructions that are easiest for ME to follow. I have even turned a book upside down and worked a stitch in the opposite direction because it felt better for ME.

    Your imagination and clever use of the stitches never cease to amaze me. If I Google imagies for a stitch your work is bound to show up on the screen!
    Here you have made a very attractive combination of Creatan and Portuguese Border stitches.

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  5. your variations are very interesting.

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