Monday, 16 June 2014

TAST # 116 & 117 - Beaded Vandyke Stitch and Bullioned Vandyke Stitch

These two TAST stitches made me very confused!
First of all I LOVE the plain Vandyke Stitch (TAST #76), but dislike the beaded version. Why? I think the beads take away the beauty of the basic stitch and I got frustrated wrapping the previous stitch.

When did you last see anything as horrid as these stitches? Beaded Barbed Wire, eh! I bet the beads are poisonous, too!
They were just slightly better on the sampler.

Now for the Bullioned Vandyke Stitch I got even more frustrated and flustered which is a pity as I have no serious problems with the plain Bullion Knot Stitch (#19).

One more thing made me confused. Which stitch is #116 and which is #117? In the post at Pintangle it appears #116 is the beaded and #117 the bullioned, but on the list on TAST FAQ they are they opposite.
Maybe it was just not my TAST week!

18 comments:

Pamela said...

I think they look great. I wouldn't know it wasn't your week.

carorose said...

I loved the beaded Van Dyke but not the bullion. Your bullion looks balanced. Mine had to fit into the stripe and that meant I had to modify the stitch. After 120 bullion knots I'm over that stitch.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you for your kind words. I hope to try these stitches another week to see if I can do better!

Queeniepatch said...

Sharon's work looked so nice I was depressed to see my own poor effort in comparison. It MIGHT be the timing, humidity, hassle over other things that made the result so disappointing. There is always another chance, another week!

Chris(craft) and Dave(photos) Richards said...

Hi Queenie , you are so right about the beads........these stitches are meant to be 'textural and the beads seem to spoil that effect ! In saying that ,the threads are beautiful and the stitches so neat.....to me some stitches cry out for beads and others just simply dont need them !
hugs
Chris Richards
xxx

crazyQstitcher said...

Queenie, your bullion vanDyke looks great to me...they are all Upright!

I'll need a good think about practising either stitch again.

Queeniepatch said...

Sometimes beads and stitches marry well, sometimes they are not meant for each other!
I will give them a second chance, and the bullioned version too, just to see if it was my mental condition that caused such poor result. You know how it is, some days one should stay away from the needle!

Queeniepatch said...

Well, I saw that you bit the bullet and redid yours. So I will have to do the same, they say that practise makes perfect. I don't need perfect but I want to be able to do better.

margaret said...

we cannot like every stitch Queenie, think how boring life would be if we could not allow ourselves choices, Personally I am not too keen on the van dyke stitch beaded or otherwise

Susan Hook said...

I like the Van Dyke stitch with the beads but I am not sure about the bullions but they say each to their own and some you like and some you don't!

Annet said...

The red beaded VanDyke stitch looks very nice. I think the rows on Aida are just the wrong thread, if I'm right you used stranded floss.VanDyke stitch works much better with perle 8 or 5. Your bullion VanDyke doesn't look so bad!

Queeniepatch said...

I will challenge myself and do them again!

Queeniepatch said...

I will redo them and see if can 'make friends' with them!

Queeniepatch said...

Of course you are right; the stranded floss is not the right thread for the Beaded Vandyke, so I will try to them out again with a perle. I will see if I can improve my Bullion Vandyke, too.

Séverine said...

Beautiful stitches.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you!

Linda Calverley said...

I like your beaded barbed wire although I don't think it would suit all situations. I could see it in my minds eye on a free form embroidery as some sort of plant life, a spiky thorn perhaps with red beads.

Queeniepatch said...

I think it is especially the unsuccessful stitches that we can't seem to master that are the best free form embroidery. My poor Beaded Vandyke stitches would be perfect as spiky thorny red beaded plants.