Wednesday, 21 May 2014

WIPW - Paying attention

Dear all, you are so good at paying attention, and Sharon of Pintangle has all the reason to be proud of you!
Yes, the stitches I worked last week and quizzed you about are indeed TAST #106 Looped Cretan Stitch. Click here to see Sharon's tutorial.

I worked the stitches like this, making them look more like Feather stitches than Cretan!:
 
After having made one rambling vine of stitches I added a straight stitch in the centre of each loop.
I then added a second set of stitches over the previous ones, in a different colour.

While taking these pictures of the process I added a new vine on the Swedish cushion for this week's WIPW progress report.

Another progress on the cushion is the leaf in Whipped Buttonhole Stitch.

Finally I have another quizz for you!
What have I begun to stitch here?
Hints: Dalecarlian, coppery red, symbol of 2014

Kafferepet
Boring, but easy, another line of #110 Rope stitch for the quilting:

To read about and/or take part in Work In Progress Wednesday, read this.

27 comments:

  1. I hope those aren't weeds in your garden. They look a lot like some I pulled in the park this morning on Nikko's walk. (so easy to pull on a rainy day too).

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    1. They are rather weeds in my HEAD! Now that I got them out of the head and onto fabric I wonder how quickly they will start growing again! Anyway, they were fun to stitch!

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  2. That rope stitch might be boring but it is progress and that is the whole point of the exercise.

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    1. You are absolutely right. I can work them while I am listening to the TV (the news flashes where I don't need to see to understand).

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  3. Beautiful stitching and wonderfully clear photos. My guess for what you have begun to stitch is a horse.

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    1. A horse, eh? Then what part of the horse have I stitched?

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  4. well Queenie I did not pay enough attention to the stitch and I have now cheated with your latest puzzle and say you are doing a horse. As usual you have shared some lovely stitching and so clear for all to see and enjoy

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  5. lovely. you have well detailed the variation of looped Cretan stitch. I agree, the TAST challenge is very useful. whipped buttonhole looks great too.And I cannot guess, I 'll wait for your answer.

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    1. Your execution of the TAST stitches is always full of inspiration, as you often stack stitches or work them side by side.

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  6. Well Queenie you really thought outside the box with the looped cretan ! I'm loving the leaf in whipped buttonhole stitch....it is stunning.......I think a design in these leaves alone would look phenominal ! Is the 'Dalecarlian a wooden horse by any chance ? Love your work Queenie and your great inspiration.....Have a great week !
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xxx

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    1. Is Dalecarlian such a well known adjective? Well I am definitely not making a WOODEN horse!!!
      Thank you for your kind words, Chris.

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  7. Is it a horse–like the one in Sweden? Whatever it is, the cushion is going to be beautiful.

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    1. As it is a SWEDISH cushion the answer to the quizz must be something from Sweden! It will be revealed next WIPW!

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  8. Wow! Love it! Your stitching is amazing.

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  9. Thanks for sharing the steps in your looped Cretan experiment. Sometimes it's just simple to make it look very different, like you showed us.

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    1. I have learned so much from others' tutorials and step-by-step instructions I am happy to share some of my work. In this case I felt the loops needed a filling stitch to look more like leaves.

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  10. I like the extra stitching on your vines, it would a useful stitch to remember. I could see ears of corn and grasses stitched this way.

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    1. Yes, isn't this stitch perfect for botanical illustrations? Being easy to stitch is an extra plus.

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  11. ah yes - - a horse :) a beautiful horse of a certain color! as to the part...the head perhaps? a leg?

    I very much like the cretan stitch you have worked - then adding a straight stitch in each center, and then another set of stitches in a different color over them -

    the whipped buttonhole is lovely as well - very, very pretty ~ it is a great help to see stitches worked in such designs as these - helps me greatly with the embroidery for the crazy quilts project blocks I am working on

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    1. Kind words always mean so much to me, thank you for yours.
      The first time I saw the whipped buttonhole stitch I thought it added a lot of charm and elegance. Best is of course if the Buttonhole stitches are more even than mine are here so the 'twined rope' effect is better.

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  12. Lovely, as always. We have an embroidery workshop in July at my quilt group, I'm going to wish I'd stuck with TAST. I had to cheat and go to Google for the Dala horse as I wasn't familiar with it, they are lovely. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I am ever so grateful that you introduced me to TAST - I have never learned as much from any school, course or book as I have with this project. Soon it will be time to do some revising, I still can not keep the Breton and Bonnet stitches apart!
      Oh, I see my blog post has led many to do a lot of research about Sweden! I ought to be paid by the Swedish Board of Tourism!

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  13. Lovely stitches once again, I can say that I haven't a clue what you are going to make, everyone seems to think a horse but I will wait till next time when all is revealed!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words.
      All will be revealed on Wednesday!

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