Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 10, 2014

Kantha SaL

I was fortunate to join Anita at Artistic Fingers after the Stitch-a-Long was running for some weeks.

Before beginning this week’s lesson I will post photos of what I have done so far.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  The work so far is stitched with DMC threads and 2 strands.

We were to trace from a pattern but though I taped the silk fabric down, I must have moved it and I found when working the Kantha flower, the petals were not as they should have been.. also my stitching was poor.  I was not happy.     The photos will have to be clicked to enlarge and see the hand traced lines.

So I experimented by ironing a fusible webbing between the silk and a sheet of A4 paper and running this through the printer.  Well it looked fine but then I found I had more solid lines rather than broken ones and this shows a shadow when stitched.   I had no bother removing the paper and most of the fusible webbing rubbed off the silk back as I worked.  I have shown both the hand traced picture on top and the printed version on the bottom.  You will note the dark ring on the bottom right photo, which is only a circular line on the top one.

This may not be acceptable by the end of the SaL but it is worth the experimenting.  I have to say my eyes appreciate the deeper lines.

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week we added DMC green in regular Kantha and DMC red in Irregular Kantha.  The difference between these two types is the length of, and space between the Kantha stitch.

 

 

 

I seem to keep a nicer line with the printed pattern – BUT will it look as good if those shadows show through.

 

 

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 4, 2014

CQJP- April

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe block is No.67 from Sharon’s  ‘I dropped the button box’ CQ details series.

My version of a Yellow-throated Vireo.

I’m finding that having a block diagram ready to use is great. It removes the fiddling about and I can begin stitching earlier than usual.

Stitches used are Pistil, Detached chain, Half Cretan-Herringbone, Fly and a few others on too small an area to mention.

 

 

 

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 1, 2014

Stitches by number – Nos. 106 and 107.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  On the far left is No .106- Cretan Looped stitch – 2 DMC blue strands on a future CQJP block.  I curved the line a bit, which will be more noticable when it’s turned as it is meant to be.

On the right, the red line is No 106.  I used perle 8 for these 3 samples.

 

No. 107 – is the yellow line with one bead as shown in Sharon’s example and the pink has 3 beads on the outer side of the triangle.

I found it easier to stitch  on cloth, without having to count the holes in the Aida cloth.

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Is it still Beaded Cretan Looped when I change the angle and stretch the length?  Same movements.  I wanted to show more of the ‘leaf’ side.

 

Don’t forget to visit Sharon’s TAST Faqs for more information on learning stitches.  Step by step pictures and directions makes learning so easy.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 19, 2014

TAST Nos. 104 + 105

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 104.  Buttonholed Cable Chain

No 105. Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain.

So easy.  I hope to use this one a lot.

Why not check out Sharon’s many stitches here  It is free for everyone to join in, novice or expert alike. There is no pressure involved, just do what you can, when you can.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 17, 2014

Sharon’s stitches by number, 91-94

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 91. Straight Sided Feather

No 92. Crossed Feather

No 93. Plaited Feather

No 94. Reversed Buttonhole Bar

I kept the same colour perle 8 for the base Feather stitches and added contrasts, to more easily show the different additions.

I wanted to see the difference between the same colour thread and a contrast for the Reversed Buttonhole Bar.  I like both which would have their uses in embroidery.

Thus ends my catch-up of the TAST stitches.  Stitches 95-103 have been posted earlier under TAST 2014.

My next project will be to catch up doing the Module 7, I bought in 2012 and had no chance to do.  I’ll be experimenting with stitches then.

Thanks Sharon for the time-taking work of setting up the stitches for everyone to learn and enjoy.  I hope more people visit your TAST stitches here  You have made it so easy.

If anyone wonders what the Module 7 is that I mentioned above, information about that and earlier modules can be found here

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 17, 2014

Sharon’s stitches by number 87-90

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 87. Buttonhole Picot- version 1.  The colour did not photograph well.

No 88. Buttonhole Picot – version 2.  Both versions easy – I like the larger picot in No.88

No 89. Twisted Satin.  You will see the 2 ‘flowers’ on the left are not even at the base as I made the stitch as described, so (on the first stitch only) instead of weaving under the first bar, I went over/under and up to the top, which kept it in line with the last stitch in the group.

No 90. Twisted Satin stitch with a bead.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 17, 2014

more of Sharon’s stitches by number 84,85,86

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 84.Spiked Knotted Cable Chain…a mouthful to say but easy to do and lovely to see.

No 85. Raised Cup

No 86. Turkman

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 17, 2014

Sharon’s stitches by number 80-83

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 80 . Raised Chain version 1

No 81. Raised Chain version 2

No 82. Spanish Feather

No 83. Siennese

Threads used are DMC perle 8 and the purple is a metallic /thread combination.

Many more of Sharon’s examples can be found here

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 17, 2014

Sharon’s stitches by number 75- 79

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 75. Woven Zig-Zag

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 76. van Dyke

No 77. Woven Cross

No 78. Cloud Filling

No 79. Chained Cross

 

If you wish to explore these and other stitches, please visit Sharon’s FAQ’s for TAST – Take A Stitch Tuesday.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 13, 2014

Stitches by number- 71, 72, 73, 74

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 71. Bullion Buttonhole

No 72. Wrapped Coral

No 73. Portuguese Stem

No 74. Zig-Zag Chain

Again all the stitches were easy to do.  The Wrapped Coral is similar to Scroll stitch but not quite the same.  Just a bit of play with close laid and further apart stitching.

I’m happy to be doing these stitches again as I forget about them after a while.  Hopefully with an exposed sampler I’ll use them more often now.

Sharon freely shares her knowledge of stitches with embroiderers around the world, be they novice or expert.   TAST or Take A Stitch Tuesday is running again this year.

If you wish to learn more about the stitches, please visit http://pintangle.com/tast-faq/

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