Wednesday, 12 November 2014

WIPW - Cramming It In

It has been a busy week and I have tried to cram in as much needlework as possible to have something to report on in WIPW. Most of you already know that that abbreviation stands for Work In Progress Wednesday and that it is a great way to nudge oneself towards completing an embroidery project.
Read more on Sharon B's blog, Pintangle.


Kafferepet
Cramming in stitches.
The lace I basted last week is now being anchored to the blue edge of the quilt. I am using TAST #68 Slipped Detached Chain Stitches in perle #8 in yellow, light and medium green.


Swedish Cushion
Cramming in design.
Here I have been quick off the mark and added the TAST stitch that was introduced to us yesterday! #138 Barb Stitch. I used Sharon's crazy quilting templates to draw the paisley.


TASTy Beads Galore
Cramming in beads.
The stitch that came out out to play was #118 Beaded Buttonhole Stitch. I used bugle beads as well as seed beads. A few unbeaded Straight stitches were also crammed in.


Pile 'em On
Cramming in orts.
Going to the quilt show in Yokohama was great fun, but the visit and writing up three blog posts 'robbed' me of quality stitching time, so I let off some frustration by digging up orts from my crammed jar of short thread ends and cramming them into this rough stitch bed.


TAST Reference Chart
Cramming in another TAST stitch.
#137 Beaded Knotted Buttonhole Band was a bit of a struggle but is now recorded on this chart.
It is not an easy stitch to bead, but then the beads are crammed in!

32 comments:

  1. Queenie you made me smile with cramming it in ...

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    1. Ha, ha!
      Wishing you a good 'crammed SSE' week!

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  2. Nicest Cramming session I have yet seen. Loove the bead and stitch work on the pink fabric. Your ideas for stretching the stitches beyond the normal is great.

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    1. Oh, Maureen, you're so kind. The beaded stitches are a challenge! I will have to look at the stitches first and THEN do the design, I think.

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  3. I like the way you have attached the lace and you are way ahead I still have not opened the pintangle to see what stitch was posted yesterday! Lots of cramming going on and it all works so well

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    1. If I may say it myself, I am rather pleased with the lace and the stitches.
      I have not worked my TAST samplers yet, just wanted to add another stitch to the cushion, that is why I crammed it in!

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  4. Lots of cramming this week! Slipped detached chain stitch is a great choice for the lace, it doesn’t change the look and only adds to the beauty. When I saw the new stitches on your cushion I thought it was the start of a birdie, love the threads you used. O, and your beads galore, you stitched a very pretty flower. It’s good to see you still have fun with your orts. Yes, blogging takes a lot of time. I started to blog less, it gives me more time to be creative. I appreciate the time you have put into your posts about the quiltshow, it’s been many years since I visited one. Your posts are giving me the feeling of going to a show, without leaving the house. Thanks again!

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    1. Oh, Annet, it was so nice to hear you say you enjoyed the Yokohama show from your own house. Go and check Julie's report, there is more to see of the actual venue.
      I don't think I can cram in a birdie on the cushion but thanks for the suggestion!

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  5. great cramming week for you. I was looking forward to see how you'll handle the lace. the slipped chain stitches are lovely additions. the beads look grand too. the beaded knotted buttonhole band has been overwhelming me these past few days. the orts outcome looks interesting with detached chain flowers and whipped chain stitch.

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    1. Overwhelming is the right word for the Beaded Knotted Buttonhole Band!
      I have also been overwhelmed with work and chores in the last couple of days and I might not have time to cram much this week. Sigh!

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  6. All good cramming, I especially like the beaded flower.

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    1. I agree, it turned out better than I first thought it would.

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    1. The variegated thread helps to make it more interesting. Annet thought it looked like the beginning of a bird! Sorry there is no space for the rest of the bird!

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  8. Wow you certainly did some 'cramming'! I love the way you have attached that lace. I have sent you post onto my friend Angela who has a large collection of laces made by her Mother that she wants to use.

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    1. Thank you for sharing my lacey blog with your friend Angela. As there is a lot of lace in the sashing I thought I wanted some on the edge as well, but it need anchoring and embellishing so out came the TAST Ref Chart and the thread!

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  9. The embroidery edging on the lace is delightful.

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    1. Thank you! There will be another TAST stitch (I won't tell you yet which one!) anchoring the other side of the lace.

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  10. I love the way you put on that lace. So much nicer than running a sewing machine stitch over it!

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    1. There are very few machine stitches on this quilt, so attaching the lace that way would be boring. However, my hands are considerably slower than a sewing machine!

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  11. Your stitching is so pretty, I particularly like the beaded buttonhole.........Gorgeous ! Sometimes there is just not enough hours in the day Queenie.
    Got one of those days today.......Housework , breakfast, shower , school run, preparation for workshop, then workshop for two hours then school run, cook dinner and wash up, laundry then relax ! ! Where did my day go...................
    hugs
    Chris Richards xx.

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    1. Beaded Buttonhole, or indeed any beaded stitch, is right up your sleeve, Chris.
      My day, too, was filled to the brim with beck-and-call duties, and it is not until now at night that I can sit down and do some blogging and stitching. Tomorrow, too, will be a cramming day, cramming non-sewing projects into 24 hours. I wish I had at least 30 so that six hours could be devoted to sew cramming!

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  12. The lace is beautiful and the way that you have used the stitches to anchor it down is very clever! your bead work is so full of interest you must be having so much fun with these stitches.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I wish the maker of the lace (grandmother? grand aunt?) could hear your praise. I think the Slipped Detached Chain stitch worked well.
      What are you doing now that the blanket is completed, and auctioned off?

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  13. All your cramming look great and beautiful. I agree about to stitch with beads, specially when they don't come identically. They are the same, but for some reason one is bigger than the other and the stitch doesn't look even. The same thing with the holes, I use the thinner needle, but it has happened that sometimes I can't use some beads or end broken.

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    1. Beaded stitches ARE a challenge, you need to consider the fabric, the needle, the thread and the bead. Many beads that would look great with a certain thread have holes that are too small for the thread or the needle or the needle's eye is too small for the thread! Have you ever used glue to make the tip of the thread hard and pointed, so that it easier to put through the eye of the needle? I tiny dollop of glue on the thread end and a good hard pinch to shape the tip, leave it to dry and then you can usually manipulate it thought the eye of a thin needle.

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  14. My previous post seems to have got lot in the ether. Just to say that all of your work is looking stunning! Well done, with the cramming; it was definitely worth it.

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    1. The ether is always hungry and I have lost lots of thing into that big black hole!
      Thank you for your kind words.

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  15. You've certainly made up for the time away at the quilt show. You always have so much to show on Wednesdays. I love the lace - you found the perfect stitch! I need to try out more of the beaded stitches.

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    1. I have things to show on Wednesdays when I have had a good week full of 'me time'. This week is full of 'them time' and I have been at everyone's beck-and-call. How much will I have to show next week?

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  16. I love the way you are anchoring the lace down. And your TASTYy Beads Galore piece has me drooling again. It is gorgeous! Things keep coming up that are eating into my stitching time this week, so I can empathize with your frustration. I never really realized how soothing embroidery can be... I hope you find some "me time" for yourself this week!

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    1. Thank you for your kind, 'drooling' comments! : ))
      Stitch therapy only works if you have the TIME to stitch, When you find that your quality of stitching is worsened by stress or family problems, then it is nice to have a 'rough' piece (like my Pile 'em On for orts) where low quality is the whole point! Soon you will feel relaxed enough to go back to the complicated cross stitch or tricky beaded work.
      Hoping you will have plenty of time for your long list!

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