Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 16, 2017

A Year’s sketches

I was challenged to do a still life and though I see heaps of things that need improving, I’m pleased with the result.

I drew this at night with a florescent globe above/behind my head.






so I tackled another, of a bowl the following morning with the sun behind my shoulder.  Again, there are things to learn from this.  tones, directions of movement.






I forgot to note where I found this sketch.  I like to credit the originator but can’t at the moment. I know I put more colour into it.

Uhmm.. only when it’s done and posted do I notice mistakes.  A glaring one is the man’s leg walking on the wall side.  Just another learning curve.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 14, 2017

A Year’s Sketches

The first is when Alice quotes ‘You are Old Father William’ to the Caterpillar.  I like to credit the original artist but can’t find one for this – it’s different in style to Sir John Tenniel’s.  As usual I copied it

I coloured the sketch of the mini daffodils I posted earlier.
my own work.




Another Sir John Tenniel by me.  I used Caran d’Ache museum aquarelle pencils for all today’s postings.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 13, 2017

A Year’s Sketching

I’ve been slow posting lately, so it’s time to change that.

The original sketch was by Alfred Wainwright and though I tried to keep the building as close as possible I didn’t stick to all the background as it was.

Pen work.  As usual I use a 2B pencil before I add the ink lines.  It’s very soothing to just draw lines.






Pooh and the honey tree.   Faber Castell pencils used here.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 7, 2017

A Sketch a day

It’s been a while since I last posted but my books are filling up nicely. They are dated but out of order as I use whatever pad/book or paper is to hand…I think I am hooked.

The top is the actual card I copied from. (Original by Enid Duffell). I find it easy to draw with a pencil (2H at the moment) and over sketch with the archival ink.03 pen.
Each drawing shows me picking up differences between the originals and my work, which is a good learning curve. I definitely use the eraser far less now.

I thought this was posted on the 28th June but found yesterday that it was not visible so I have redone the page.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 2, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches

Today finishes my 4th hoop work.  I added French Knot, blue silk ribbon flowers to the shrub.








Blue Detached chain daisies








I’ve always fancied growing  Ornamental Kale, this Cast-on stitch version will have to suffice.
I replaced the two iris on the right as they’d become frayed with over-handling.

I mislaid the 2 buttons I had for the wall ornaments but found 2 glass beads that look a bit like narrow windows.





and finally the completed garden

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 28, 2017

Sunday Stitch School.. term over

Queenie has completed her Alphabet of stitches and for those of us who have followed, the final handing in of work is Sunday.
From first lesson here

to the last, here  

I only did one sampling of the first 5 stitches listed.  I had intentions of making some little totes for my GDs.  I have yet to do the others.







Top row.. X Ray stitch….Both X and Y stitches are Queenie’s creations.
The X was previously done as Cross and Upright cross stitch
and there seems to be no stitch beginning with Y.  Easy and fun as you can see by my yellow Y’s turning somersaults of joy.

The last stitch is Zig-Zag and all are so very easy to do.





The full band of stitches, which have been in earlier posts.


Thank you Queenie for a most enjoyable time of learning and saving samples for future projects.Visual records are so much better than printed pages.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 27, 2017

1 Year’s stitches

I’ve no idea what Mr. WordPress was playing at today.  Three times I posted, with great difficulty, my work.  No categories or tags available.  photos nowhere they should be but each time when it looked like all was saved and posted…no post online??????

Back to square one and I loaded all 4 photos together, sorted them in sequence and with fingers crossed will try again.

Down to business.  This is the full picture to date.


Below is a close up of the shrub- far left corner- created with Sorbello stitch.  I used odds and ends of threads.  mohair wool and DMC.

    something about this picture is creating this text.  I have no idea why.  I added more filling to the shrub  and an agapanthus, made with silk ribbon leaves and fly stitch petals.

This is the front garden with extended path, little pink daisies, 3 hyacinth and 3 little flowers that I tried to copy from the purchased motif to the far right.
a bit of practise and this could work well in the future.  It was a little like making a rose.


Sorry about the messy post.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 18, 2017

A Year’s Stitches

Here is where I am at today.  The water is now turned on.
Running stitch and  DMC Jewel Effects  metallic thread.



There is still more to do, especially re-doing the iris.  Too much handling has twisted the ribbon.

There will be greenery to the left but I’m unsure of how to treat the front right side.  suggestions are welcome  :-))          Sorry about the photo quality.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 14, 2017

A Year’s stitches

I can assure you, I had nothing to do with the layout of this post.  That was totally in the hands of Mr. WordPress. grrr.

I have added a cord for the wisteria vine.  It made a difference.

The tree trunk was random straight stitched in several fine wool threads.





I added silk Ribbon roses to the Knotted Cable Chain bush in my last post.










Another addition is the leaves to the garden path-also in the earlier post. It was very dull without some green.




Yet another addition of violets to the hydrangea base.








My fountain.  Outlined with Stem stitch, Buttonhole base wall.  The lower section of the wall, is covered with flowers- obviously.   Normal DMC threads used for all except the fish, where I used DMC Jewel Effects metallic thread.
The water is just Running stitches with a thicker cotton thread.








I used a single DMC thread for the Bullion daisies, with 2 strands of green DMC for the Detached chain leaves.
I made a second version of foxgloves with the rayon braid in the 2nd photo.  It’s about 1 mil wide and woven.
The trick is to knot one end and stitch through your cloth as normal..then when one strand is pulled it scrunches into the lovely shape. The scrunched part has to be gently fed through the fabric.  It can then be shaped any way you want.  The stems are also made from the woven ribbon???
There are various types of this thread, some wider and looser too.








Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 8, 2017

A Year’s stitches

I decided those yellow flowers must have been Jasmine.  I’ve added Feather and Chain stitch as the vine.
Also I added more Detached Chain leaves and French Knot Wisteria blooms.



Another addition is the green rayon threads  for leaves to lift the dullness of the flowers.








Foxgloves.  Green DMC for the Satin (really?) stitched leaves..not too neat.
I used DMC for the buds and top flowers and Edmar Lola for the larger Buttonhole blooms.








The shrub on the left was made with 6 strands of DMC using the Knotted Cable Chain stitch and I’ve begun another rose bush with Lazy Daisy leaves

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