Wednesday, 18 November 2015

WIPW - One week delayed

Last week I had no opportunity to post a Work In Progress Wednesday report. Sorry!

I was able to make a little bit of progress, though, on my projects.

Chicken Scratch
Three strands of embroidery floss frame the red squares on the Gingham check, and red floss outline a larger area.

I then started stitching a new area in the middle of the cloth.


Pile 'em On
 Three Canvas stitches were used to fill in the background; Plaited Stitch (blue and variegated blue) Crossed Goblin Stitch (gray) and I finished the light green Reversed Cross Stitch that I had left half finished in July.
 

I hope you have had a much more productive week.

22 comments:

  1. good to see the progress, gingham looks good with chicken scratch and pile em high is coming along a treat too

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    1. I wish I had had more time to work on both projects but alas, life got in the way!

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  2. I think you made some good progress. The chicken scratch looks interesting. I've never tried it before. It's probably a good think I don't have any gingham check fabric. I have enough to do the way it is!

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    1. I know all about having too many projects on the go, either 'in the flesh' or in one's head. Don't go out and buy any checked fabric for some time!

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  3. Good progress. You reminded me of a red checked fabric in my stash. Your canvas stitches are nice.

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    1. Chicken Scratch can turn a piece of checked fabric into something very special. If you try your hand at it, I hope you enjoy it.

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  4. That looks pretty productive to me. I find that chicken scratch consumes a lot of time. It looks easy but is labour intensive.

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    1. I agree, it takes a long time to do these simple stitches.

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  5. Good progress. Your stitches on Pile 'em On are beautifl.

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    1. Thank you. My eyes get a bit sore but I will soon add more Canvas stitches.

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  6. I've never done Chicken Scratch either but I do have some gingham in my stash......but if it takes a long time I think the fabric will still be in the stash for some time to come.

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    1. If you just do a repeat, then you can do straight and slanted 'running stitches' and it is quick work. When you want to make intricate patterns you need to look carefully and THAT takes time. Why not give it a try on a small piece of fabric, and before you start, draw the design on graph paper. You might get addicted!

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  7. Looks great, I'm enjoying your work as always.

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    1. Thanks Janie. I just wish I had more time to work...

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  8. Now that is another way to use that checked fabric other than smocking ... and with four daughters I did a lot of that.

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    1. This kind of embroidery was very popular during the Depression, and can often be seen on items such as aprons or bags for washing pegs.

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  9. I love this chicken scratch - interesting how it changes its look. I will have to look for my ginghams - I am sure there are some hidden in my stashes.

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    1. It does change the value of the shades; the red squares become even redder with a white frame, the pinkish squares fade with the white thread or grow redder with a red thread. It IS interesting to see.

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  10. I'm happy for you that you had time to stitch, great progress. I didn't see an embroidery needle all week!

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    1. I am sure all your needles are crying for you to pick them up!

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  11. You have done some nice stitches, it is always frustrating when you have other things to do, you come home to tired to do anything sometimes.

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    1. It is even more frustrating when you get tired in your own home! The embroidery project is within reach but you are constantly called to support others and sort out the mess they (unwillingly) make. Be patient and accept that this is life with OAPs.

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