Wednesday, 30 April 2014

WIPW - Unpicking

I did not post any progress last Wednesday; I was busy being lazy, if that makes any sense!

Another reason for not having anything to post was that I was just not satisfied with the leaves I had quilted around the coffee pot on Kafferepet. It resulted in me unpicking and that can not be called 'progress', can it?

Now for this Wednesday's progress report I have:

Kafferepet

The quilting done in three strands of olive embroidery floss was unpicked and replaced with one strand of light mint green thread. The coffee beans are intact, as are the veins of the leaves.

Swedish Cushion

I have completed the flower that was only half done in my last WIPW post.
There is a row of yellow Surface Satin Stitches and in the middle I filled the area with TAST #47 Berry Stitch:

Another flower of Surface Satin stitches was made and in its centre I placed TAST #99 Eastern Stitches. You might also notice a line of #14 Stem stitches:

Other participants show their progress at Pintangle. Go and click on their links in the Comments.

32 comments:

  1. The flowers are lovely. As for the re-do ... I thought it was fine with the darker thread but you are the one that needs to be satisfied. Is un-picking progress??? I think we need to discuss this over a snack and a drink.

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    1. The darker, thicker tread was fine in itself, but all the neighbouring blocks have more delicate quilting so it looked too much. Also, I found it took the attention from the pretty pattern on the pot.
      Unpicking is a great topic for discussion, especially over a drink. When are you free!?

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    2. I thought you'd made another flowerpot!.. The lighter leaves make the pot stand out so much more...And the pot fabric really grabs the eyes!
      I wish I was in the neighborhood for that snack and drink!

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    3. That would be lovely. When are YOU free!?

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  2. your coffee pot is a delight Queenie and you cushion is coming along a treat, really looking forward to seeing these projects completed

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, but you will have to wait for the slow progress on the cushion!

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  3. Queenie, I'd say you have progressed from being unhappy to happy by removing what you disliked about the stitching. The coffeepot and flowers are lovely.

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    1. Yes, I feel pleased with the re-make, and think I can go on with the work.

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  4. The teapot looks lovely. I like the way you have done the flowers. Very neat surface satin stitches.

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    1. The surface satin stitch was very popular in Sweden in the 'olden days' because you use less thread. It also has a bit irregular look and I think that adds 'folk crafty' charm.

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  5. Hi Queenie, I know 'unpicking' is tiresome but you would not have been happy with the end result if you had left it ! I adore the variegated thread on the outside of the second flower, it gives it even more character......Thank you Queenie for visiting my blog ! !
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xxx

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    1. The variegated thread does add a bit of pizzazz, doesn't it? It is so nice to see how observant you are!

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  6. It's not laziness, it's conserving energy for later use. I liked the quilting before but the coffee pot does stand out more with the thinner stitching, and it has more of a three dimensional effect.

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    1. Thanks for your kind observation - now I can be lazy more often, ha, ha!
      I am pleased with the new quilting and feel that I can move on and use some of that conserved energy!

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  7. Looking at both now, I prefer the new version. If you'd not changed it, it would always have bugged you.

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    1. You are right, Linda, it would have bothered me every time I looked at the quilt. Now that it is done I feel much better.

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  8. I had to take a look at your previous post to see the leaves. And yes, they look better in a lighter thread. Love your flowers on the cushion, you made some lovely stitch combo's!

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    1. The point is to combine Swedish tradition in design and choice of stitches with TAST stitches to make the cushion a TAST sampler of kind.
      The question is what stitches to combine for the next flower!

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  9. Wonderful progress! I thought the original leaves were fine, but now that you have redone them, I like what you've done better. Very nice!

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    1. Looking at the quilt top as a whole, the old quilting was just too dense. I am very pleased with the softer look.

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  10. I would say it is definitely progress! (The most tiresome kind of progress, too!) I did not see anything wrong with the leaves last week, but I agree that the light green is more subtle. Your flowers are just so colorful. Lovely work!

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    1. Unpicking is a good activity where you don't need to concentrate, so it was a bit relaxing. So great progress for the mind!

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  11. I like the changes to your leaves but I love those flowers on you cushion.

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    1. I was knocked sideways by the embroidery on the Norwegian folk costume you showed the other day, so hope to have something like that for the next flower!

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  12. The lighter thread really makes the coffee pot 'pop' :) The flowers look really great too.
    I think unpicking is progress - it means that you are not satisfied with 'making do' and so you have learned something.
    Sorry I can't be around for the drink as that should be a very interesting and entertaining discussion. Enjoy!

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    1. I agree, unpicking made me reflect about not rushing into work, stop and have a look before doing too much and accept that I don't like what I am doing.
      I hope I don't need to unpick a lot of stitches in the future!

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  13. It's essential to take time out to be lazy from time to time.=)

    Well done on your progress.=)

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    1. Absolutely! I felt that both body and mind needed the rest. Elizabeth of Elizabeth's Quarters said being lazy is a way to provide energy for the future. How right you both are.

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  14. Your flowers are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Séverine. I am now working on the next one, which will be a bit different.

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  15. I just spotted your blog, I nearly missed it. Your cushion flowers are just beautiful, the colours and the design are perfect!

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    1. Thank you for always visiting! Did you miss it because I had changed the colour of the background? I like to follow the season and right now the irises are in full bloom...
      The next flower will have a different look because of the stitches used, although the design is the same. Watch this space!

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