Wednesday, 1 August 2018

WIPW - Chives for Birthday

Work In Progress Wednesday includes some work in the kitchen garden. I went out to cut some chives for a

Birthday Card
which I then framed.

This is a semi stumpwork picture.



It is worked in Stem Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch, Straight Stitch, Needle Woven Picots and Single Corded Brussels Stitch.
I followed the directions in Sachiko Morimoto's book
but found it hard to shape the Needle Woven Picots into triangular shape (the base should be wider than the tip) with only two strands of floss.  Did I pull too hard? I also found that it was hard to keep even tension on the two strands so the purple petals look lumpy.
I will love to make another of the flowers in the book, but should I stay away from any with needle weaving?


Crazy for Crazy

This is the colour choice for the next octagon block.
What shall we call this block, green olives with watermelon?
Since taking the picture I have dyed the two pieces of lace, the dye is still wet so I do not know if the colours will be suitable.
The plastic ring will turn into a Dorset Button tonight.


World Embroidery Day
initiated by the Embroiderers' Guild in Sweden was held July 30th, as usual, but I was tied up with other things (repairing sunshades/awnings)!!! so I have nothing to show for this most important day to promote embroidery. Life got in the way, as they say. Sigh!

19 comments:

  1. This is a great card! I like needleweaving but find that it takes patience and practice. That looks like an inspiring book. Your next block's material choices look fabulous

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    1. One problem with this needle weaving is that the other stitches are underneath and the needle easily catches on them. I used a small piece of card between the other stitches and the warp of the needle weaving picots.

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  2. Beautiful chive embroidery. Strawberries and olives, wonder what they would taste like together!! Lovely colours.

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    1. I can't imagine a watermelon salad with green olives! Healthy, but would it be tasty?

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  3. Needleweaving does need practice. I've done a little and wasn't satisfied, either. Looking for another project to try again!

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    1. Basically I love it, but this time it was really difficult. The thread, only two strands, were too thin, the stitches underneath got in the way and the colour was hard to see.

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  4. Considering the hot weather, those flowers look nice and cool.

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    1. You should eat the chives with sour cream, pickled herring and new potatoes!

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  5. Your chives are beautiful! Love the colours for your next block.
    Barbara x

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  6. Oh, I meant to say I love your needleweaving, it’s really pretty!
    I have stitched a couple of things using needleweaving and really the stitch.
    B x

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    1. I like needle weaving too, but not this time. I will have to try again and see what went wrong.

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  7. Pretty flowers, nice colour choice.

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  8. I think that's a lovely rendition of chives and I think you should do more of those
    stitches they're beautiful.
    And look at all the embellishments and fabrics for your new 'watermelon and olives'
    crazy block! Fun with stitching.

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    1. Yes, I want to try another of the flowers in the book - should I challenge myself with another needle weaving project?
      I am now piecing the olive cq block and planning where to put in the watermelon embellishments.

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  9. Your chives are wonderful. I know how awkward it was doing my own. It was very difficult not to snag the underneath petals.
    BTW, there are plenty of salads with watermelon, feta and olives. I think it may originate in Greece. I haven't tried any though.
    I loove the colours chosen for the next CQ.

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    1. I picked light purple for the chives, as that is the colour of Swedish ones, although the book has pink chives.
      I had to search the internet for some watermelon-olive salads, and you are right there are plenty around and most of them have feta cheese as well.

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    2. Those chives are so real and you made a most wonderful card - and I thought at once of a salad with watermelon, black olives and sheepcheese and .... chives —— in the next days - best food for this heat.

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