Wednesday, 20 November 2013

WIPW - Double TAST stitches!

WIPW stands for Work In Progress Wednesday and is a great progress challenge at Pintangle. Read more here.

Kafferepet

I was counting the stems on the border of this quilt. There are 48 which makes the border stems complete.
However, I found that I have used the Palestrina stitch #24 twice. I don't want to have double stitches and removed one stem and re-stitched it with Buttonhole Picot v2 (with Chain Stitch) #88.
Before:
After:

When looking at the flowers I thought the blue star shaped ones looked so bare and bland. I stitched some Stem stitches #14 around them and think they look better for it. There are four clusters of flowers and I gave all of them the Stem treatment.
I also added a running stitch in each of the leaves of the roses. (no picture of such a small progress).

This means that the border is now complete. The top needs a light wash, press and then I have to think up a quilt design, mark, sandwich and baste the quilt before the actual quilting can be started.

Swedish Cushion

The Swedish cushion has been adorned with some Portuguese Stem stitches #73 and Pistil stitches #34.

15 comments:

  1. Oh, I love the results of the stitching around the flowers. Great plan!

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    1. I think it was an improvement, too. They are now in better proportion to the other flowers on the border.

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  2. I'd never describe your work as 'bare' or 'bland' it's gloriously decorative! I think both the before and after stems look lovely, although the second does look more tendril like.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment.
      I have yet to work the Buttonhole Picots as edge stitches, which they really are, but I am glad I found a use for them on this quilt anyway.

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  3. O dear, you really frogged your stitches! Well, these thing keeps bothering if you are aware of it. Love the pistil stitches as a seeding stitch, it gives a nice filling.

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    1. Frogging stitches is a daily 'hobby' of mine, ha, ha! There are so many TAST stitching so why have two of the same? I was pleased, too, with the Pistil stitches as a filling stitch.

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  4. All those stitches look wonderful. I am getting to really love the Portugese Stem Stitch, it changes when you change the thickness of thread.

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    1. It has 'grown' on me, too. Easy to do and always looking good, it gives a great outline, and as you say it changes beautifully with the weight of the thread.

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  5. Another week of great progress! You are an inspiration to many. Work on something and progress is made - novel concept!

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  6. Don't you like seeing the end of a project? I think that is what drives me to work hard on the WIP; eventually they will be completed!

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  7. It is alway a nice feeling when a project is nearly finished. Your additional stitches do look better, your flowers are now perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Susan.
      Christmas is coming nearer and there are other things that need to be finished! Keep Calm and Carry On Stitching!

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  8. Queenie you really are a tease, it is time you showed us a bigger view of this wonderful project!

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    1. Next week it will be pressed and ready to be presented!

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  9. I like the changes that you have made on the quilt. The cushion is coming along nicely too.

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