Monday, 1 September 2014

TAST #127 - Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Here is a great version for you: TAST #127 - Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch.

Do you remember that I  thought its unbeaded version was 'barbed wire'? I had difficulty making it look nice on a curve. Well, others made wonderful curves, Chitra for example, so I just had to try again. This time I used a stencil to draw neat curves and took pains to followed them. However, the 'barbed wire look' is still there as I have used various lengths on the arms. I also used a variety of stray beads, some blood red! The result is maybe an organised messy bloodshed!


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29 comments:

  1. I think the spiky effect is very contemporary, and pleasingly different, a bit like a modern piece of jewellery. Why not deliberately try to mimic the effect of barbed wire? I can imagine this would look stunning in combinations of black and silver, with blood red beads on a white background.

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    1. You are absolutely right, it would look impressive. At Sainsbury's Centre of Visual Arts in Norwich I saw an exhibition of Monuments (WWI). Among the modern ones was a gigantic 'ball of knitting yarn', only it was not soft woolly yarn but razor blad sharp barbed wire... Maybe it is from that heart-stopping realisation that I got obsessed with barbed wire...

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  2. The colors and the beads together are fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, Janie. I had to cheat a bit and used perle #8 instead of #5 that I used for the other samplers. It was too hard to thread the beads with a thick thread and broad needle.

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  3. No, no nothing messy here. Your stitches are looking like very adorned caterpillars, crawling to a feast in their Sunday bests or dancing?

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    1. I didn't think of that but you made me have a second look and yes, the stitches appear to be moving, I guess they are hungry. What do thread caterpillars eat?

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  4. Yes Queenie, I can see gloriously adorned ' Centipedes ' running in every direction......
    doing a sequence of dance ! I love the colours too !
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xx

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  5. I like your barbed wire far better than the type out in the paddock!

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  6. I thought of you all the while I was looking at the embellishments on quilts at the Ikebukuro show. "Oh, Queenie should see this .... "
    I'm glad to see your work (rather than running around in the rain to Seibu ... but I do still have a few free tickets if you know anyone else who might want to go.

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    1. Sorry I don't know anyone that I can pass the ticket on to. Rest assure I would really like to have seen the quilts. Next time...

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  7. yes Anneliese is spot on Queenie but sorry can`t help re the diet they have. This stitch works so well on the curve and can just picture it on your cushion

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  8. very pretty - reminds me of a sea critter :)

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    1. So many see these stitches as creatures! There is something of tropical marine life here....

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  9. I don't know about being like barbed wire..to me your sampler looks like a celebration of colour and sparks. LOVE it all.

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    1. Thank you. I think the mixed assortment of beads add a lot to this sampler.

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  10. My first thought was... these look like beautiful fantastical spiders... and I see from a couple of comments above that I'm not the only viewer seeing creatures in your work;).

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    1. Bejewelled creatures, yes, there are many who see movement and 'life' in these stitches - and I was just happy to use up the last of my travel stash of odd thread and beads!

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    1. I am sure this could be used to depict a real barbed wire with stains of blood, infected puss, rust and tufts of fur...
      Now I am looking forward to trying out the latest version of Up and Down Buttonhole stitch.

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  12. What a great sample of this beaded stitch.

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    1. I was surprised at how much easier the beaded version was!

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    2. your beaded barbed wire is lovely

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  13. On a sampler it's good to use many different threads or beads for future projects. It looks great! I enjoyed this beaded version, but still have to catch up on the 'barbed wire'.

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    1. I am not good at using different threads on my sampler. I know I should, and keep an orderly record of them, like you do. I guess I am lazy and just want to record the basic stitch, usually in a perle thread. I leave 'fooling' around with different threads for later. However, now that I have my TAST Reference Chart I should keep a simple sample there and experiment more with my other samplers...

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  14. I forgot the say, thanks for adding the link to Chitra.

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    1. You're welcome. We all read/follow different blogs and it is a pity to miss out on some great ways to do the TAST stitches.

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