Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WIPW - Stitch sabotage

Work In Progress Wednesday -  if you have read my blog before you know what a great support group this is for completing your slow or unfinished needlework projects. If not, go to Pintangle to learn, share and enjoy.

My WIPW projects have been subject to sabotage - a broken down washing machine and rescheduled social calendar have prevented me from making any real progress.

Anyway, here is what I have done:

Swedish Cushion
Only one TAST stitch was used. #21 Knotted Cretan, but I did use it twice!, in purple and pink Perle 8.

Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
I've come half way on this design.
Hopefully I will have much more work to show next week, then again it IS holiday time, hot and hectic!

18 comments:

margaret said...

knotted cretan looks good, another one for my crazy blocks. Your cushion is coming along well. But a pain the washer breaking down, hope it is fixable

Elizabeth's quarters said...

Our washing machine broke too! So I started using the on-site launderette and made a wash bag especially for our laundry. Unfortunately someone stole the bag–I guess there's a moral in there somewhere!

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

Cretan , I love...its one of those stitches that has so many possibilities......You can manipulate this stitch in every way and it will look different every time.......I call it a 'Chameleon' stitch ! Its so hot here in the Uk too, so its hard to get motivated with my stitching at the moment......life seems so busy, just cannot seem to get time to myself !
Have a great week Queenie,
hugs
Chris Richards
xxx

Linda Calverley said...

Cretan stitch is one of my old favourites. I have done the knotted version but I would have to look up the instructions if I did it again!

Queeniepatch said...

Knotted Cretan is fun to do and the stitches stay put!

Queeniepatch said...

It is the machine of the on-site laundrette that has broken down! There was a notice on the white board yesterday about 'stolen' washing powder.... I'd rather be stitching.

janie krig said...

I like them together, an interesting whole.

carorose said...

You have put so much work into this cushion and you have the patience of a saint to keep at it and the results show. What wool thread are you using on the wool piece?

Pamela said...

Don't you hate when everyday things get in the way of stitching? Progress, no matter how small, is still progress!

Queeniepatch said...

That is an excellent nickname for this stitch! I love the various looks you can get. Keep cool and keep stitching, other things can wait, maybe?

Queeniepatch said...

I have to look up stitches ALL THE TIME! Knotted stitches all need to have a knot so you can often figure out in which way to place the thread. The problem is of course if you need to undo some stitches, then knotted stitches are troublesome!!!

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, I agree, stacking stitches gives a whole new dimension.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you Carolyn.
The wool used for the collar is a mixture of weights; Appleton, crewel, weaving, knitting... I wanted to use what I had, but some yarns are weak and I need to use short lengths and try to work in a bit of a twist to keep them stronger. Appleton, though is a dream to work with... wish I had more in my stash...

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, especially when the washing machine is a communal one, and no one seems to know who is responsible for its repair. There are no launderettes in Sweden so that means washing by hand the old-fashioned way! Today I have a stitch-as-much-as-you-like day, so I hope to catch up!

Renee said...

Lovely! I have not tried the knotted cretan stitch. After seeing yours, I will need to try it soon!

Queeniepatch said...

It looks so neat and holds the stitches in place, but as you have to tie a knot for each stitch it does take time. Have fun!

Susan Hook said...

nice knotted cretan stitch, I don't think that I have tried this one. I hope the washer is fixed soon!

Queeniepatch said...

It is a good, slightly knobbly stitch; do try it.
Washer, yes, I'll go and check if it has been mended. If not... less stitching time, I'm afraid.