Wednesday, 28 May 2014

WIPW - You are so good!

You are all so good at answering correctly to my quizzes! Yes, it is indeed a horse! What I showed last week was the first stitches on the ear:


Swedish Cushion
In traditional Swedish embroidery, especially wool embroidery, birds or animals are often featured. As this year, 2014, is the year of the horse in the Japanese zodiac I wanted to add a horse (to include my Japanese connections). What better horse to add than a 'Dalahäst', a Dalecarlian horse, one of the most famous symbols of Sweden.

I have used a variety of stitches:
TAST #8 Chain Stitch for the body
#111 Zig-zag Coral Stitch (blue)
# 89 Twisted Satin Stitch (yellow)
Surface Long and Short Stitch (green)
#55 Buttonholed Herringbone (green)
# 28 Oyster Stitch (yellow)
#5 Herringbone Stitch (green)
#3 Feather Stitch (blue)
#4 Cretan (yellow)
# 14 Stem Stitch (white)
Straight Stitch (black)

Kafferepet
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37 comments:

carorose said...

I LOVE your horse. He is just beautiful and I also love your choice of stitches. Stunning.

Elizabeth's quarters said...

I love your horse, he's so sweet! He (or she?) looks as if he was a joy to sew too.

Debbie said...

Wow! The horse is beautiful. So creative!

Pamela said...

Beautiful stitches! You are so creative.

Séverine said...

Your horse is wonderful, I love the colors.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you, Carolyn. It was great fun to figure out what stitches to use.

Queeniepatch said...

Sorry, there is nothing to suggest what gender the horse is! He/she was indeed a joy to stitch.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you. The design is very traditional, but it was enjoyable to search among the TAST stitches for ones that would fit the pattern.

Queeniepatch said...

I am glad I was able to add this image to the cushion, and find stitches to recreate the pattern.

Queeniepatch said...

By chance I had the coppery red, DMC Stranded floss #350, in my stash, and then looked for the other primary colours that are usually used. It would have been fun though to add lime green or purple!

Shami Immanuel said...

The horse is beautiful. Creative use of various stitches.

Lis Harwood said...

I love your horse too :-)

Annet said...

Wow, your Dala horse is just gorgeous! Love the way you incorporated many TAST stitches!

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

You've done a great job with the horse.

City Krafters said...

Amazing. Love it.

Julie Fukuda said...

Ah, yes! A fine horse. How very appropriate for this year and a stitching queen!

Queeniepatch said...

You know all about wood carving and would love one of these traditional horses. Maybe I can challenge you to whittle one!!!

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you! I just love the colours!

Queeniepatch said...

Thanks. It was fun to produce a picture on this embroidery. Everything else is just patterns.

Queeniepatch said...

Thanks Annet. It was great fun to stitch and especially to add the TAST stitches.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you. The orignal horse is a great toy for children and can also be found as a decoration in most Swedish homes.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank, Shami. The outline design of the horse is so simple and I think any TAST stitches could be used, and altered a bit, to fit the pattern.

margaret said...

your horse has stitched beautifully, chain stitch works so well as a filler

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

Queenie, This is fabulous........Love everything about it !
A great design....your horse is perfect, wonderful stitching too.
hugs
Chris R

Anonymous said...

wonderful looking horse. the stitches are so beautiful. I like the colours too.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you Chitra, I like the colours, too.

Queeniepatch said...

The Chain stitch seems to be a traditional filling stitch in Swedish embroidery

Queeniepatch said...

Thanks, Yes, too, I love the design of these traditionally painted wooden horses. It was fun to do it in thread!

Susan Hook said...

Wow the horse is wonderful, such nice colours and lovely stitches!

Queeniepatch said...

That is very kind of you.

Marci said...

Fantastic stitching

Queeniepatch said...

Thanks, Marci.

Anita said...

Your horse looks so good ! lovely colors and beautiful stitching.Twisted satin stitch has come out so well and it fills the space perfectly.Well done!

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you for your kind words, Anita.
When using the TAST stitches on a project where there is a curved line you have to chose the ones that can be adjusted to follow the curve. With the Twisted Satin stitch there were no problems.

J Honda said...

a magnificent horse! I like looking at all the beautiful stitches you have worked to complete his fine stately figure :) thank you for explaining them all!

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you for your kind comments. The horse was fun to make, and not that time consuming either!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your horse looks super and the chain stitch was an excellent choice for the body. Really nice use of the oyster stitch too and well, just all of them!