Wednesday, 9 October 2013

WIPW - +1

It is Wednesday and so time to report on the week's progress on various needlework projects. Read at Pintangle, about this great way to eliminate UFOs and see what progress other participants have made.

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Actually while rumaging in my sewing drawer I found another UFO, that just has to be completed by Christmas. Last year, at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham I bought this kit for a X-mas ornament that is cross stitched over paper. As you can see I have made a start but then put it to a side. There are 16 parts so I will have to dedicate some time to this project in order to have it hanging by mid December.


As you can't put paper in an embroidery hoop, I find it a bit hard to handle the loose sheet of cardboard.
Have you ever stitched on paper? Do you have any advice for me?

Kafferepet
I have added the following:
French Knots (TAST #15) for the daisy.
Upper stem, Wheatear stitch #16, lower stem Chevron #6.
Straight stitches and Woven Cross #77 for the flowers. 
The upper stem is in Knotted Cretan #22 and the lower stem in Coral #66.
The buds are buttonholed #2 and have some Chain stitches #8, the petals of the rose are edged with Half Chevron #18 and the centre is surrounded by Buttonhole Bars #65.
Upper stem, Crossed Buttonhole stitch #17 and lower, Palestrina #24.

The Swedish Cushion
I went on filling the Sailor stitch circles #56 with red and yellow Cloud Filling #78. There were som circles with the spikes turned into the circle so I worked some free style Algerian Eye stitches #29, in light blue.

Gosh, how awfully grey the fabric looks! It really IS a beautiful blue colour, but my camera just won't let it shine!
I have marked some new lines for the next step of the embroidery. More on that next week. Until then, I wish you happy stitching on YOUR UFOs.


22 comments:

  1. You are very busy, Queenie! Sorry, have never stitched on paper. In your projects you make very good use of so many different stitches. I think we all have learnt so much due to Sharon. But I cannot keep in mind all the Tast stitches and my Tast stitch collection is always at hand. Sometimes I do not know how to begin a stitch :-( It is alway a pleasure to visit your blog!

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    1. Phew! I am so glad to hear I am not the only one who needs to check on the TAST stitches. ESPECIALLY it is hard to rememeber how to start a stitch:((
      My reson for joinint TAST was to learn, and use, new stitches so that is what I have to do!

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  2. Your piece is beautiful, who cares if it is blue or grey. I have been so busy teaching I haven't done any work on my piece.

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    1. 'Otsukaresamadeshita' = Thank you for all the hard work you do for others! Your students are lucky to have a devoted teacher. In time you will give your own sewing project a lot of attention. WIPW is not an obligation, it is absolutely OK to give it a rest from time to time.

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  3. Yes, like Claudia: A pleasure to visit your blog. Although, very time limited because of my "stranded life" which implicates internet only at McDos.

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  4. Thank you, Anneliese, for taking the time to visit my blog, especially when the internet connection is limited. Please don't eat too many hamburgers just for the sake of blogging!!!

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  5. O dear, another UFO! I've only stitched cards on cardstock. On those I secured the threads with tape, just like I did on my floral spray:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2012/01/feather-stitch-again.html
    I like your new additions to your Kafferepet and cushion.

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    1. Yes, another UFO!! I am afraid I might find another one if I dig any further into the cupboard... Better keep that cupboard door well shut!
      Thank you for your advice. Using tape to secure the card/paper to a frame might be the answer. Or I might use a trick I saw at FOQ... I'll report on my solution, (or lack of it) next Wednesday.

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  6. Your embroidery is coming along nicely.
    I have found no matter what I do, some colours just do not photograph like in life.
    I have stitched on paper in the past, but tips are not coming to mind, it is tricky. Don't pull the thread to tightly or the paper splits. And I usually use a backing paper/fabric to help stabilise it. I'm used to stitching without a frame though as I don't tend to use one with fabric either. Just a thought, I don't know how strong your card is but could you tape it or staple it to a rectangular frame?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and the advice. The paper is very stiff and the holes a bit 'sharp', I'm afraid pulling the thread too tightly would result in the THREAD breaking rather than the paper!! I am still having my thinking cap on.

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  7. I love seeing your WIP. The quilt is so beautiful and the cushion so creative - such a great way to put your TAST stitches into use.
    I have stitched on the perforated paper quite a bit. I also stitch with fabric in hand and don't miss not having a hoop when I stitch on the paper. If it is possible to cut the large sheet of paper into smaller pieces, it might be easier to handle. this three dimensional ornament will be so nice hanging on your tree.

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    1. Thank you Pamela. Whenever I read your blog I feel so impressed by the sheer volume of work you put into your needlework - so many projects and so much progress.
      Thanks for your advice. I'm still pondering what to do to stabilize the paper...

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  8. Your projects are looking lovely, you are putting all the stitches that you have learned to good use! I haven't come across this paper stitching before but it looks fun and the results look gorgeous, I will look forward to seeing what you make!

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  9. Having been given one before I was actually looking for a Christmas ornament worked on Aida and mounted on cardboard, then assembled to form a small house. The trader at FOQ no longer had them so I settled for this mobile of Christmas wreaths. I did not realise it was worked on stiff paper. At first I found it hard to do, now I have solved the problem and the stitching is a breeze.

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  10. Your swedish cushion looks lovely.choice of stitches are very inspiring especially combination of sailor stitch circles with red yellow cloud filling

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    1. Thank you!. It is fun to try to put the various TAST stitches to the 'best' use in this project.

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  11. What a pleasurable blog! Queeniepatch, you make embroidery hip and fun...

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  12. Your cushion is beautiful! I love all the curvy sailor stitch lines and the filled circles.

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  13. All those beautiful stitches. Your pillow is going to be a work of art.

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