Wednesday, 28 May 2014

WIPW - You are so good!

You are all so good at answering correctly to my quizzes! Yes, it is indeed a horse! What I showed last week was the first stitches on the ear:


Swedish Cushion
In traditional Swedish embroidery, especially wool embroidery, birds or animals are often featured. As this year, 2014, is the year of the horse in the Japanese zodiac I wanted to add a horse (to include my Japanese connections). What better horse to add than a 'Dalahäst', a Dalecarlian horse, one of the most famous symbols of Sweden.

I have used a variety of stitches:
TAST #8 Chain Stitch for the body
#111 Zig-zag Coral Stitch (blue)
# 89 Twisted Satin Stitch (yellow)
Surface Long and Short Stitch (green)
#55 Buttonholed Herringbone (green)
# 28 Oyster Stitch (yellow)
#5 Herringbone Stitch (green)
#3 Feather Stitch (blue)
#4 Cretan (yellow)
# 14 Stem Stitch (white)
Straight Stitch (black)

Kafferepet
Another row of Rope Stitch quilting:
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37 comments:

  1. I LOVE your horse. He is just beautiful and I also love your choice of stitches. Stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. It was great fun to figure out what stitches to use.

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  2. I love your horse, he's so sweet! He (or she?) looks as if he was a joy to sew too.

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    1. Sorry, there is nothing to suggest what gender the horse is! He/she was indeed a joy to stitch.

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  3. Wow! The horse is beautiful. So creative!

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    1. Thank you. The design is very traditional, but it was enjoyable to search among the TAST stitches for ones that would fit the pattern.

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  4. Beautiful stitches! You are so creative.

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    1. I am glad I was able to add this image to the cushion, and find stitches to recreate the pattern.

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  5. Your horse is wonderful, I love the colors.

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  6. By chance I had the coppery red, DMC Stranded floss #350, in my stash, and then looked for the other primary colours that are usually used. It would have been fun though to add lime green or purple!

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  7. The horse is beautiful. Creative use of various stitches.

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    1. Thank, Shami. The outline design of the horse is so simple and I think any TAST stitches could be used, and altered a bit, to fit the pattern.

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    1. Thank you. The orignal horse is a great toy for children and can also be found as a decoration in most Swedish homes.

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  9. Wow, your Dala horse is just gorgeous! Love the way you incorporated many TAST stitches!

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    1. Thanks Annet. It was great fun to stitch and especially to add the TAST stitches.

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  10. You've done a great job with the horse.

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    1. Thanks. It was fun to produce a picture on this embroidery. Everything else is just patterns.

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    1. Thank you! I just love the colours!

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  12. Ah, yes! A fine horse. How very appropriate for this year and a stitching queen!

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    1. You know all about wood carving and would love one of these traditional horses. Maybe I can challenge you to whittle one!!!

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  13. your horse has stitched beautifully, chain stitch works so well as a filler

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    1. The Chain stitch seems to be a traditional filling stitch in Swedish embroidery

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  14. Queenie, This is fabulous........Love everything about it !
    A great design....your horse is perfect, wonderful stitching too.
    hugs
    Chris R

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    1. Thanks, Yes, too, I love the design of these traditionally painted wooden horses. It was fun to do it in thread!

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  15. wonderful looking horse. the stitches are so beautiful. I like the colours too.

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    1. Thank you Chitra, I like the colours, too.

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  16. Wow the horse is wonderful, such nice colours and lovely stitches!

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  17. Your horse looks so good ! lovely colors and beautiful stitching.Twisted satin stitch has come out so well and it fills the space perfectly.Well done!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Anita.
      When using the TAST stitches on a project where there is a curved line you have to chose the ones that can be adjusted to follow the curve. With the Twisted Satin stitch there were no problems.

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  18. a magnificent horse! I like looking at all the beautiful stitches you have worked to complete his fine stately figure :) thank you for explaining them all!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments. The horse was fun to make, and not that time consuming either!

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  19. Your horse looks super and the chain stitch was an excellent choice for the body. Really nice use of the oyster stitch too and well, just all of them!

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