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.

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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.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 17, 2017

A Year’s sketches

These sketches are some of the tonal ones I did a while back .  The first was a challenge, to be done with 4 tones, white, light grey, deeper grey and black.  No matter how HARD I scrubbed the black pencil I couldn’t get a smooth shading.  More practise needed.
It’s hard to tell as the background is on a white page but ..my camera work was/is bad.

The child and koala were from an art magazine, the seats were at the doctor’s waiting room.. had to do something while waiting. and the doorway was drawn so I could use it as a pattern for a fabric page to swap.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 16, 2017

A Year’s stitches

Though it took longer to re-do the top two white sections than I expected, it was worth the effort to have the right white.

Only the antlers to go now.  There are holes to be created, which is something I’ve never tried..  :-0

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 15, 2017

A Year’s Stitches

The head so far. As I muddled the white threads the 2 sections need to be re-done.  The colour is more cream than white and really shows up against the pure white of the rest of the work.

Not such a disaster as it may seem as I only need to remove the top layer, not the padded sections.  That will be tomorrow’s aim.

The back of the head was Padded Satin stitched, with a grid of Straight stitches which were then Couched down with single Straight stitches, not crossed. The grid is only 1/16″ apart each way.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 15, 2017

A Year’s sketches

I drew, with a 2B pencil, the nectarine tree branches when they had a mass of

Nectarine tree with flower

flower/fruit buds showing.
The tree has many more branches but this amount was good for me.  No leaves as yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The second step was the opening flowers in the right side picture….LOL even less branches. Watercolour pencils for this one and the next too.

 

 

 

 

 

The third photo shows leaves also flowers deeper in colour, preparing to close for the fruit to emerge.
At the moment the tree is covered with more, larger leaves and heaps of fruit at the early stage.   I’ll have to draw that soon.

I sometimes wonder if I should give up sketching and concentrate on taking decent photos LOL….  I apologize for their quality.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 14, 2017

Sunday Stitch School

A sample of Granitos stitch.  A lot of designs can be made with this easy and raised stitch –  leaves, flowers, wheat, even lamb ears are but a few.
I used a finer but similar thread than perle 8 on the Aida and managed 5 threads in the pair of holes.  Sunday Stitch School can be found at Queenie’s Needlework

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 14, 2017

A Year’s stitches

I’m up to my neck in the project LOL.   I noticed at the chest section, the triangles looked a bit like a star shape and ..aaahh, also noticed I’d used the wrong colour thread for the two larger triangles.  As I like it, I will leave it as is.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have the head finished too.

 

All the blue tracing will disappear as soon as I touch a hot iron to those parts.

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