Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WIPW - Making Cards

Work In Progress Wednesday, oh it comes along so quickly! What have I achieved during the week?

Pile 'em On
Layer upon layer of thread in the circle.
A new flame of Diagonal Drawn Filling Stitch. I found the instructions in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2.



TASTy Beads Galore
Some kind of strange growth has emerged from the stem I stitched last week.
The stitch used was TAST #113 Beaded Feathered Chain with bugle beads.


New and Completed
Three cards were made.
1) Swiss machine lace that I cut apart and assembled into a 'propeller', topped with a machine stitched shisha and then fastened with some simple stitches.
2) Painted heart shaped wooden buttons on felt with stems of Twisted Chain, TAST #73 Portuguese Stem, Whipped Stem and the leaves are #1 Fly- and Back Stitch
3) Painted star shaped wooden buttons on felt with stems of TAST #55 Buttonholed Herringbone and #105 Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain (or rather Alternating Buttonhole Chain - there is no cable link)


Conveyor Belt Wool Embroidery Needle Case
No progress what so ever!

32 comments:

  1. Great way to show off those darling painted buttons!

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    1. I am very happy to have used things from my stash and nothing else.

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  2. Your cards are beautiful. The painted buttons make lovely flowres.

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    1. Yes, aren't those buttons fun? I have no child to make clothes for so thought the buttons could be used for cards instead.

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  3. The new flame on pile them on is looking good. the beaded feathered chain with bugle bead does look strange , but also. interesting. the cards are very beautiful.my favourite is #3. Thanks for sharing the details.

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    1. The pulled work on the flame was easy and relaxing to do. The piled on stitches made me 'let off steam' after a stressful day, the Beaded Feathered Chain is not so good (the thread is too thin, but only that could pass through the bugle beads), I think I like card #3 best, too.

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  4. Your Pile Em On is looking super and more colourful and neat than ever. Really like your use of the Buttonholed Herringbone and Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain for stems on your cards.

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    1. The final layer of the Pile 'em On's surface will be a bit tidier where you can identify various stitches, I am still just adding a thick layer of stray stitches.
      I, too, like the structure of not only the buttons but the stitches, too. I am so glad I learned all these wonderful TAST stitches.

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  5. My fave this week is the 3rd card - stitching and star buttons.

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    1. It's mine, too. I love the stems! Viva TAST stitches!

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  6. What a wonderful way to use precious bits and stitching?

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    1. I am very happy to have used several things that once was given to me. The Swiss machine lace comes from the daughter of a travelling salesman's sample book.

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  7. Such pretty cards! And where are they headed for? Hmm... Now you have inspired me to get our my button can and see what I can find for a fabric card myself!

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    1. Thank you. They are headed for birthday girls, 50, 89 and 89 years old. The two latter have no problems with their eyesight yet, but I thought the 3D effect could add the pleasure of TOUCHING the cards, soft felt, hard buttons, structured stitches...

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  8. The cards are lovely! Isn't it nice to have a short finished project among the long terms ones? I'm sure the recipients will love them.

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    1. Oh, yes, that is SO true! I LOVE ticking things off my list, but must be careful not to start short term UFOs for the sake of finishing SOMETHING!!!

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  9. Beautiful cards, lucky your friends who will receive them. And I see something artistic in that multi color circle. The best for you.

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  10. Seeing your work always makes me smile, everything is so fun! I just LOVE the way you used the buttons to make cards.

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    1. I am glad I never used the buttons for anything else! Then one day I got the telepathic message from them: 'We want to be part of a card!' Doesn't your stash tell you what to do?

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  11. beautiful - I especially like the flower button flowers - the stems are lovely! Hurrah for just using your stash :D

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    1. Thank you. It was fun making the stems and using up some of the stash.

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  12. I like all of your week's work. The sun looks so good up close and also the flames. You must have good eyesight to keep the patterns correct. Are you using a frame/hoop or just hand holding while you stitch the fine fabric?
    I'm waiting to see a larger part of beads galore as the snippets added are so tantalising.

    and the cards...Ahh, so lovely. the hearts remind me of the pansy flowers in Disney's Fantasia. I like your TAST stitch stems. A satisfactory week's work I would say.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it was a productive week, but I did not spend any time on the needle cases.
      Yes, I am using a hoop for the Pile 'em On (and the TASTy Beads Galore, which is hard with the beads constantly in the way!)
      I enjoyed thinking up good TAST stitches for the stems on the cards. The cards are for elderly persons and I thought the structure of hard wood, soft felt and touch friendly stitches would be an extra bonus.

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  13. A good weeks work, I am liking the cards, the little heart and flower buttons are gorgeous, you have made beautiful cards with them.

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    1. I am so glad you like the cards - they were so quick to make and I hope they will give pleasure to the 'birthday girls'.

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  14. The birthday girls will love those cards. The thread circle looks so exciting and I love the selection of stitches you are using for the flames. Lovely work, as always x

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    1. Hi Lis!
      Thank you for your kind comments. I am actually running out of pulled work stitches, there are a few complicated ones left or I'll have to invent some of my own!

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  15. The thread-center looks lovely and the flames are getting more beautiful each time you show them.

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    1. I've added a new kind of stitch, which I like a lot, to the centre and am now struggling with a complicated pulled work stitch for another flame.

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  16. Your cards are so charming, just so beautiful! What treasures.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. Card making is fun and quite rewarding - a little bit of effort and the frame of the card makes the embroidery look grander than it is!!!

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