Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 31, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Elf 3 complete

I’ve completed the remaining areas

Sequins to jacket and hat took about 12 minutes.
Holly, pudding and hand= 40 minutes- Long an short stitch for the pudding and Straight for the holly, Colonial Knots for the cherries and sultanas in the pudding.

Ears=8 minutes
Finishing the last of the dark red boot =10 minutes
Snow.  Not much finesse to this but I was using up short lengths of white, so = 10 minutes.

The total elf took 4 hours 40 minutes. Twice I forgot to begin timing so my estimate is not exact but near enough.

Each elf would be different.

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Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 30, 2017

1 Year’s stitches- Elf 3

I felt the elves were stitched quickly but had been asked how long it takes for one.

I’m timing the stitching now.  The face is fiddly to do, being about 1 and a 1/2cm- a little larger than my thumbnail.  This took 1 hour 31 minutes. Unreal!

Here is where I am up to at present.

 

 

 

 

 

He is a very colourful fellow.

Again, most of the work I did with Long and Short stitch;

Cheeks and nose- Padded Satin stitch; – 15 mins (I think)
Black Back stitched features=8 mins
Hat = 24 minutes – Stem stitch
Jacket=  Stem stitched -1 hour, 5 mins
Collar (4 mins) and unfinished trouser legs(17 mins so far)- Buttonholed;
Stem stitch sleeve cuff; 1/2 minute
Long/short stitch =Light green sleeve= 10 mins.
Boot= mainly satin stitch with a bit of Long/short-15 mins
Total time so far is 3 hours.18 minutes.
I still feel it is quick to do.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 29, 2017

1 Year’s stitching

My second Elf is complete.The embroidery set original was created by Jenny McWhinney and published in the Inspirations No. 92 magazine.

Stitches used were Backstitch, Bullions=fingers, Buttonhole=ears, Couching= 6 strands for the cap edge, Padded Satin= cheeks and nose and the remainder, Long and Short stitch.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 27, 2017

A Year’s sketches

This sketch was originally made by Arthur Wainright who walked many miles through the National Parks of England —  The Lakes District, Yorkshire Dales and North York moors.  He was the originator of Coast to Coast walks that have been repeated by others on TV.

I love sketching from his works as they are relaxing to do.  I used a No.1 micron pen.  The work is 26cm x 37cm.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 27, 2017

A Year’s Stitches- Elf 2

Elf 2.

Easy post today.  All needlework is Long and Short stitched, except for the hat band which is 6 strands of DMC couched with a single thread.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 26, 2017

A Year’s Stitches. Elf 1 finished

I did the hand holding the light pole, differently.  The original instruction was to Stem stitch the pole up to the hand and re-start above the hand.  I preferred to use a gold, soft cord.  First I Long-short stitched the palm up to where the pole passed and added a Bullion stitched thumb.
I  used an invisible nylon thread to Couch the pole and added 3 Bullion fingers.

Don’t the Bullions look messy up very close? I enlarged the hand just in case anyone was interested in how I did it.  The blue is the transfer pen markings which will disappear when I touch it with a hot iron tip.

 

And here is the little fellow dressed up and ready to party.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 24, 2017

A Year of Stitches Elf 1.

Elf 1 is now wearing his Christmas clothing.  Just the staff, lantern and hand to do.

Single strands of DMC.  I used colours close to the required ones.  I have far too many to buy more.
As I didn’t have any of the special thread to be used, I used a green DMC strand with a single strand from  a DMC Jewel Effects for the hat and the Jewel Effects only for highlighting the vest.
Stitches used were Long and Short for clothes and boots and back stitch for the boots. Horizontal Long and Short for stripes on hat.
Straight stitch for the collar.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 24, 2017

A Year of Stitches

I began another Christmas project yesterday- one of 6 elves.  My intention was to make only 3 but this is so quick and easy I’ll probably do the lot.

The pattern is by Jenny McWhinney and is also stitched with single DMC threads.

It will fit into a 5″ hoop for hanging on tree or wall.

The stitches used so far, are, Long and short for most of what is shown but ears are Buttonholed-2 rows, so the are free standing; straight for the collar; Crossed stitch  for the eyes and Padded Satin stitch for cheeks and nose.

 

Yesterday I began another Christmas project.   This time by Jenny McWhinney

This also is made with single strands of DMC and is placed in a 5″ hoop.

Yesterday I began another Christmas project.   This time by Jenny McWhinney

This also is made with single strands of DMC and is placed in a 5″ hoop.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 23, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches

It is done!  The reindeer is complete.  It had a bath and was damp stretched.

The antlers again, were easy but slow to work. Stitches used were Split Back-stitch, Padded Satin stitch and Overcasting.  I thought it was just very close whipping over the split back-stitching.

This was a well thought out pattern by Trish Burr and was in the Inspirations magazine No.88.

I used only one white thread throughout, rather than use the horrid rayon one that snarled and split.  I doubt it made any difference.  Running the thread through beeswax didn’t help.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 19, 2017

1 Year’s stitches

I finally got the courage to make an Eyelet.  I was afraid I might damage the cloth and ruin the whole thing.  Didn’t happen!
I had no need to cut the cloth, just poke a needle in to spread the fibres and over-sew the edges.
Once the first was complete I was able to quickly do the rest.

Funny that I have found what looks hard, is easy and the opposite is also true.

The antlers have so much fine Split Back-stitching that it’s as slow as a wet week to do.  I’ll see what today brings.

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