Wednesday, 30 July 2014

WIPW - UK stitching in progress

Wednesday means it is time to report on Work In Progress Wednesday projects. Read more here.

Swedish Cushion
This is my progress:
There are two 'leaves', on this one the outline is worked in TAST #82 Spanish Feather. It is filled with #83 Siennes Stitches.
The other leaf has an outline of #112 Chained Feather Stitches with #79 Chained Cross filling.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
This shape was only half finished last week. Here is the completed version. 
I did not mean to make a grinning face, but that is what I got. That's free stitching for you.

TAST Reference Chart
The TAST Reference Chart was blessed with the two latest TAST stitches, #122 Chained Bar and #123 Woven Chained Bar.
 I will leave the upper stitches 'floating' to remind me that I need to follow Sharon's advice and catch a bit of the thread to make the stitches lie flat. On the other hand, my incorrect ones do look a lot like chains so have their charm I guess...

Some final stitches were taken while travelling through the British countryside by rail. Usually people come up to me to see what I am doing, but this time my carriage was full of very tired folk, who fell asleep instantly. I would rather stitch!

Today is World Embroidery Day so I will start making a stumpwork portrait. Show and Tell comes a bit later.

How are you all getting on with your progress?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

TAST # 122 Chained Bar

TAST - Take A Stitch Tuesday, has reached stitch 122. Everyone I talk to, who is not doing TAST,  is amazed that there are so many various stitches. Many more to come I hope! Go to Pintangle and let Sharon tell you all about this great online place for embroidery stitches.

TAST #122 is called Chained Bar. Basically it is a row of Zig-zag Chain Stitches worked on top of a base of straight stitches or a ribbon.

It would be nice to call it Zig-zag Chain Couching, but there is a snag. These stitches have a tendency to 'float' and won't hold a ribbon down neatly. It is very obvious in the first row of brown Zig-zag Chain Stitches.
In the third row from the top I faked it, and made Detached Chain Stitches in a zig-zag pattern.

I also made two samples with two colours. The one at the bottom is Magical Chain.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

30th July - International Embroidery Day

30th of July is coming up soon. I just wanted to remind you that it is International Embroidery Day, founded by the Swedish 'Broderiakademin, BRAK'. Read all about it here.

I am going to work with this material:
You might guess what it will turn into.

What about you, are you also going to work on an embroidery project on July 30th? I hope so. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WIPW - Stitch sabotage

Work In Progress Wednesday -  if you have read my blog before you know what a great support group this is for completing your slow or unfinished needlework projects. If not, go to Pintangle to learn, share and enjoy.

My WIPW projects have been subject to sabotage - a broken down washing machine and rescheduled social calendar have prevented me from making any real progress.

Anyway, here is what I have done:

Swedish Cushion
Only one TAST stitch was used. #21 Knotted Cretan, but I did use it twice!, in purple and pink Perle 8.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
I've come half way on this design.
Hopefully I will have much more work to show next week, then again it IS holiday time, hot and hectic!