Wednesday, 27 August 2014

WIPW - Filling in Gaps

Last week I worked hard to push my various Work In Progress projects forward. This week I am filling in gaps.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
All the main flowers are completed so I started adding smaller ones strewn over the background.

Swedish Cushion
I added the only remaining TAST stitch, #65 Buttonhole Bar.

I can not call the cushion complete until I have added some text, a date and initials or something. To do that I will need to consult my books on fonts and initials, which I do not have access to at the moment, so the cushion has come to a standstill for the time being. I expect we will get some more TAST stitches next week that could be added as well... IS this an endless project?

TAST Reference Chart
The Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch, TAST #126, and its Beaded version, #127,  are the last additions to the chart.

Have you been filling in some gaps? Go to Pintangle to see Sharon's progress as well as many others'.

Monday, 25 August 2014

TAST #126 - Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) stitch #126 has a long name - Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch, but it is an easy one.

I played around and found that it is hard to make it look neat and tidy on a curve, it resembles a crunched up barbed wire.
I also found that I have a tendency towards making the two arms V-shaped, but the upright ones look OK, too.

May I suggest that you:
1) go to Pintangle to learn this stitch
2) post a photo of the result on your own blog
3) leave a link to your blog post on the Comments form at Pintangle 
4) let others see your work and look at what they have made
5) have fun!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

WIPW - TAST Marathon

WIPW followers are in for a treat this week. Sharon has some stunning work. Go to Pintangle to check it out, read others' blogs and why not join in the fun.

My Work In Progress Wednesday report this week includes:

a) progress on the Swedish wool embroidery collar
b) an amendment; I forgot to report on some TAST stitches for the Swedish Cushion
c) a stitch marathon of 16 TAST stitches on the Swedish Cushion - I have almost reached the Finishing Line
d) TAST reference chart

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
Yet another flower has sprung forth.

An Amendment
I should have included these TAST stitches in a previous blog post about the Swedish Cushion but totally forgot about it while in the UK.

#39 Italian Border Stitch in green
#41 Closed Base Picot in orange
#119 Woven Trellis Stitch in dark orange

Swedish Cushion
Now for the work I put in this week, a real stitch marathon, 16 stitches!!!
Inside the Sailors Edge circles I used TAST #18 Half Chevron as a filling stitch
In the middle #91 Straight Sided Feather
On the left #92 Crossed Feather (purple and yellow)
On the right #93 Plaited Feather (light pink and yellow)
From the left:
a) #81 Raised Chain, version 2
b) #117 Bullion Vandyke (still can't do them neatly!!!)
c) #44 Portuguese Border 
d) #124 Closed Herringbone
Look at the red and blue stitches:
Left: #120 Double Herringbone Stitch
Right: #121 Twisted Lattice Band
Purple stitches in #26 Up and Down Buttonhole
Light green stitches in #126 Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole
Leaf: #105 Alternating Buttonhole Cable Chain
Fruit: #104 Buttonhole Cable Chain
 Purple stitches on teal ribbon: #122 Chained Bar
 Purple on teal ribbon: #123 Woven Chained Bar
Almost completed! 
114 TAST stitches!
Left to do is only one stitch, #65 Buttonhole Bar and I will not include the 13 beaded stitches.

TAST Reference Chart
I added these Beaded Herringbone Stitches #125 to my reference chart.

Monday, 18 August 2014

TAST #125 - Beaded Herringbone Stitch

Here is a nice stitch, the Beaded Herringbone, TAST stitch #125. Go to Pintangle to learn!

At first I had difficulty to place the right amount of beads on the leg of the Herringbone, and as you can see I have placed the second leg of the stitch either after the last bead (second row) or between two of the beads (third row), as it should be according to Sharon's instructions.

I have also played around and made a few variations.
Great fun to play with beads again.