Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 9, 2017

Stitching and Sketching posts

My apologies to my friends for not posting of late.  I’m still working on these projects but my computer refuses to acknowledge my cameras.  Until I can get these bothersome appliances on speaking terms, I can’t show anything.


Back as soon as possible.  Until then, thank you for visits and encouraging comments, which I really appreciate.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 24, 2017

1 Year of Stitches- Days 47-50

I have begun adding more than one stitch per day as it’s growing too slowly for me.

Day 47  I added Barred Herringbone to the edge of the work.  This stitch was in Sharon Boggon’s Module 7, which can be viewed here     You will find information about the modules, of which Sharon has generously shared the first 4 free.  The cost of the remaining modules is a really modest price.

It is worth while visiting to see what is available for anyone interested in needlework.

Barred Herringbone

Barred Herringbone

Day 48    Lace stitch.  This stitch can be found at Queenie’s Needlework

Also known as 3 sided stitch, it is really meant for Pulled-work but on Aida or firm fabric it can be worked without the holes.  My example is a bit of both…firm fabric but pulled to blend in with my crazy path.

CORRECTION , Queenie has kindly set me straight on the Lace stitch as I got it totally wrong.  I’m currently working a proper one and will post it shortly.

Lace stitch

Lace stitch

Days 49 and 50.  Somebody built a house while I was not looking.

I feel the work has a bit of focus now.  Straight stitchmainly with a single variegated thread for walls and couched roofChain and Fly stitches for the tree and a little brown Buttonholing for earth. This work was done over the 2 days.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 24, 2017

A sketch a day Days 47-50

Day 47.  Sturt’s Desert Pea.  This flower is unique to Australia and grows in arid places.  The very red flowers are about 9cm long and have bulbous black centres and sage green leaves.

Sturt's Desert Pea

Sturt’s Desert Pea

I used Aquarelle watercolour pencils for this.

Day 48.  Chameleon.. Another fun drawing- upside down.  It really makes a big difference to me doing it this way.  Pen and pencil sketch.


Day 49. Our apple tree .  No fruit this year as it was heavily pruned last season.  an ordinary black- lead pencil was sufficient today.  Photos are still woeful with dark backgrounds


Our apple tree

Day 50.  Here I am back up top for the last post.  I found a bird feather, which is on the left side and my sketch beside it.










Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 24, 2017

Sunday Stitch School

CORRECTION re the Lace stitch.  I have not used the correct way to stitch this and so my samples are just triangles, even the pulled ones.

I’ll post a proper sample shortly.  I appreciate your guidance Queenie.

Queenie’s Sunday Stitch School can be found here for the Lace stitch, also named 3 Sided stitch.

I used Aida and a single strand of Perle 8 and it’s fine for  this cloth but it’s really for pulling stitches as my next effort will show.



A teeny, tiny example as the weave is sooo fine and close I could barely see to stitch even with a magnifying light.

The first is worked over 4 threads and the second over 8.  This was enough punishment for my eyes but I found a better cloth and this week will work more stitches and post later.

I may yet begin my long awaited learning of Pulled stitches.  🙂

The stitch in the centre of the Aida is meant to be Knotted Satin stitch and while it works well on plain fabric does not look like a Satin stitch here.   It is rather similar to Rope Stitch.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 18, 2017

A sketch a day – Days 41- 47

This week has flown fast.  Sketches done daily but no time to post.

Day 41 – Eye expressions.  I’m not sure that the lesson was really meant for pairs of eyes as some pupils look in different directions.  I used a Dover publication freebie for this.  B and  2B pencils     Clicking the photos will enlarge them

Day 42.  A piece of my Grewia shrub using 2B black pencil  – on watercolour paper.  I should have used plain drawing paper to keep the lines sharp..A lesson learned.

Day 43 Sketched from a botanical book ..Mangoes Faber Castell water colour paints.

Day 44  I read about using the right side of your brain ( Dr. Betty Edwards) to improve sketching.  A method is to draw the work upside down.  I found it hard to believe this would work but tried it anyway.

I first drew it normally, then upside down.. Both sketches on one page – left.  Then I photographed the upside down part and attached it to the original photo so it can be seen here without standing on your head to compare them.Of course the larger bird is my model from an encyclopaedia.

I couldn’t believe the difference between the underfed bird and the upside down one.  I like this idea.

Day 45  From the encyclopaedia again.  Manet’s Boy Fifer, in Faber Castel pencils and Zig pen.  The deeply black coat was almost impossible to work from but I’m happy to say I managed details
Day 46 on the same page are dragonflies.  2B pencil and outlined with black Zig pen.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 18, 2017

1 Years stitches

Days 41-46.   Let’s not quibble,; there are actually 7 new stitches here.

From left to top right are – most stitches in this group are from the Pintangle Dictionary:-

Back to back Fly stitch; Herringbone  Italian Border, which I did in an alternate, up and down movement.

Middle row -I stitched  the blue Chained Cretan Triangle, which was in Sharon Boggon’s Module 7    I had purchased the module sets some years back – very moderately priced.  If you click the link you can read of free worksheets and first 4 Modules are also free, which is a generous gesture  from Sharon to all stitchers.
Starting again from the left are Longlegged Cross stitch ; Bokhara  -video from Needlen’thread;  then Basque  stitched in a variegated mauve crochet thread.

My 1 Years stitches are growing   If you haven’t heard of this group, free to all, please check out the link.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 12, 2017

1 Year’s stitches Days 37-40

Day 37.  I’ve added Up and Down Buttonhole stitch to the embroidery in variegated green
perle 8

Day 38.. here I made flowers of Whipped Wheels. The frame for the flower in dark perle 8 and whipped with 6 strands of variegated DMC.  The smaller flowers used 3 DMC threads for whipping.

Day 39.  Stem stitch combined the flowers.  2 DMC strands used here.

Day 40.    A small butterfly.
Bullions for body. Buttonhole for outside wings and Long and short stitch for the white sections.  All were stitched with a single Rajmahal art silk thread.  Antenna made with Pistil stitch. 2 strands of black DMC thread.

and here is a photo of the work to date.  The only bit missing is the cloud above the bird.  You may find a turtle down below..eyes peeled.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 12, 2017

A sketch a day – Days 37-40

Day 37.   It will be a long time until I’m confident making my own sketches, though I intend to keep practicing  –  a picture was my inspiration for this.  Gouche water paints.

Day 38.  I tried a simple idea of water, mountains and sky – again with the gouache paint..  others may find this easy but it took quite a while to achieve.

Day 39.  A selected part from a picture, using Faber Castell  watercolour pencils

Day 40. lemons from our tree, imagined butterfly.  Lately my photos are showing a blue background, which must be due to the daylight.  I don’t know how to fix that yet.



Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 11, 2017

Some simple TAST stitches

Last year  my daughters and self  had used a few simple stitches from TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) on work for the Johnston Collection and I thought I’d  post a few photos here.  All groups invited, use something from the Johnston collection itself for inspiration.

Our theme was taken from a woodblock by Andō Utagawa Hiroshige  who was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist.  The woodblock was called ‘Sudden shower over Shin Ohashi’ .   The photo of cushions below has a woodblock print of the Bridge, with people passing over it in the shower.

We used Running stitch for cushions, in the form of Sashiko,  fish and a few of birds or figures …most of the photos can be clicked for enlargement.




Embroideries for cushions or totes

Embroideries for cushions or totes








Chain stitch and Straight stitch for embroidered fishermen which became part of tote bags.  A single DMC thread was used for these.





Needlen’thread has a video of the

Long and Short stitch for birds on Temari balls.  A single thread of Rajmahal art silk was used.
Kiko’s flower stitch was also used on the temari with birds.

button-1 button-2 button-3

Open base Woven Picot; made  with 2 strands of DMC threads, to make 19 large buttons for a kimono.









Our family work was combined and though none of us claim to have made any singly, I have to admit that DD3 created the large fishing net  with a thread similar to 4 ply cotton- a labour of love I’d say.

After the work was displayed at the William Johnston house, we were invited to have it displayed at Kimono House last September, for a month.  We were delighted to be asked and the display by the Owner was fabulous.

It is worth viewing the link, as the photos can be enlarged more than here.   I hope visitors enjoy the work.

I’ll apologize in advance for the WordPress method of rearranging what I place in my post.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 6, 2017

A sketch a day Day 36

Today’s Faber Castell water colour is of a long stemmed freesia in a vase.  I think it’s a freez-sia but will check with my daughter who grew it.  DD thinks it maybe an ixia.

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