Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TAST 2012 - Feather Stitch

Here's my Feather Stitch sample.  The snowflake (upper right) is beaded, the star is Chained Feather Stitch and the motif on the left has French Knots.

So far all my TAST samples have been stitched on 100% cotton (quilting fabric).  This one was hand dyed.  I should experiment with some other fabrics.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fly Stitch - Take It Further

I'm very pleased with how this turned out.  This was my personal 'Take It Further' challenge following on from Sharon's TAST 2012 Week 1 - Fly Stitch:

I thought it needed a little more 'oomph' so after revisiting my inspiration photos I added some tiny little pine needles along the whole branch.  Not sure which one looks best:

 The pine needles and pine cones are Fly Stitch.  The branch is irregular Portuguese Stem Stitch, for texture.

I was lucky to get the 'hoop burn' marks out of this velveteen!  Only after removing the hoop did I realize I probably shouldn't put the bare hoop against velveteen or velvet since the nap gets crushed and it's sometimes permanent.  A wet washcloth rubbed on the surface fixed the problem this time, however in future I will try this tutorial.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

TAST 2012 - Buttonhole Stitch

This is a fun stitch, lots of possibilities.  Can't figure out how to get better pictures though - the colours are quite vivid in real life:

I decided to start a new sketchbook just for TAST 2012 and have stapled my samples into it.  Seeing all my initial crappy sketches along with the stitched work is a revelation!  I used to throw out my quick sketches but seeing the progression is important.  Under each sample I wrote lots of notes for future design improvement.

Need to practice the buttonhole herringbone stitch to get it smooth and even.  I also need to leave more space between elements - the third sample is too cluttered.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fly Stitch - Take It Further

I started a 'Take It Further' piece to play around with more fly stitch.  It will be a spruce tree branch and pine cones, with fly stitches making the pine needles:

The fabric is a dark green cotton velveteen from Evening Star Designs and I LOVE it.  First time working with this fabric and it's lovely - it doesn't shift, it needles like butter and the stitches have nice definition due to the short nap.

The branches are irregular Portuguese Stem Stitch, for texture.  Marked using a generic white quilt marking pencil.

I'm working on my photography, hoping the finished pic will look better.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

TAST 2012 - Fly Stitch

Fly Stitch as dragon scales:

I'm reasonably happy with the dragon considering I haven't embroidered anything for a long time.  Marked using a soap stone pencil.  I didn't like the scales near the throat - the design would have been stronger with scales only running down the back - so I coloured them in with pastels.  This exercise re-affirmed that I dislike stitching without a plan. 

This doodle was mainly stitched free form:

As cartoony as this sample looks, it was an excellent exercise.  I loved the geometric design in the lower left on paper, but I learned the fly stitch doesn't work well for such long stitches.