Monthly Archives: April 2013

Stitch of the Week 17: Wheatear Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, April 30, 2013   Welcome to week 17!

This week’s stitch is Wheatear stitch. Wheat Ear. It is obvious when you see it 🙂

Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary pages with instructions on how to do it.

There are no Wheat Ear Stitch variations. Keepin’ it simple this week!

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 17: Wheatear Stitch. You can read her instructions and see inspiring examples there.

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Wheatear Stitch and their variations pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

Please post the link to your Wheatear Stitch photos in THIS comment section if you also wish to share it here.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Gail

Stitch of the Week 16: French Knot

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, April 23, 2013   Welcome to week 16!

This week’s stitch is French knot. Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary pages with instructions on how to do it.

There are no French Knot variations listed with its instructions, but I know of the Colonial Knot. It is not used in this go-round of TAST, but here are two links to it if you are interested.

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 16: French Knot. You can read her instructions and see inspiring examples there.

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published French Knot and their variations pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

Please post the link to your French Knot photos in THIS comment section if you also wish to share it here. It doesn’t matter when you get it done. If you list it here, no matter how far in the future from this post, I will bring it some attention in a Monday recap post.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Gail

Stitch of the Week 15: Stem Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, April 16, 2013   Welcome to week 15! (Sort of… remember we are using week numbers to match the original 2012 TAST, and they’ve taken a week off. This is STITCH # 14)

This week’s stitch is Stem stitch. Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary pages with instructions on how to do it.

There is only one Stem Stitch variation, but we won’t see Outline Stitch in this TAST Challenge. I think it is a good week to once and for all figure out the difference, and SEE the difference between stem and outline! It all has to do with the twist of the thread. Try them both and see for yourself. Maybe its just me that can’t ever remember the names right 😉

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 15: Stem Stitch. You can read her instructions and see inspiring examples there.

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Stem Stitch and their variations pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

Please post the link to your Stem Stitch photos in THIS comment section if you also wish to share it here with any of us re-runners!

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Gail

My Couching Sample

Couching stitch sample: floss over crewel yarn and unspun cotton fiber

I put this off for a while, knowing I wanted to use the beautiful cotton fibers I was given, but a little intimidated. I worked up my courage and finally got it done!

Couching spiral

A friend/workmate of my daughter who lives in Arizona grew some cotton for a program, and  lucky, lucky me, I was given a whole shopping bag full!!! It has been ginned, but below you can see at least one little cotton seed hung on tight and made it through! I like that.

cotton seed left in my ginned, unspun gift of cotton

The fibers are silky and long — it must be a pima-type of southwest USA cotton fame. I was told, but I have forgotten. I started adding in the cotton near the end: some finger-made strands I found in the top of the bag, and a tiny clump I played with first.

Couching sample: crewel yarn and cotton couched with floss

I couched using DMC flosses in increasingly brilliant pinks and oranges, and couched down some old crewel yarns I had leftover from probably these basket of flowers and apple kits I did when I was about 12.

I worked the yarns all the way down to the last few fibers :)I couched those yarn ends (they were hard to break/shred!) down to the very last fibers 🙂

The background is a polyester special occasion fabric I picked up a remnant of, just for my CQ basket. It is a changeable olive/antique gold.

Couching stitch sample: floss over crewel yarn and unspun cotton fiber

I look forward to doing some more formal couching on CQ blocks, but this has definitely shown me how much fun I could have using couching in my doodle stitching, too!

Happy Stitching!

Gail

Stitch of the Week 13/14: Satin Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, April 9, 2013   Welcome to week 13 of my TAST 2012 Re-run!

As a note of interest, the 2012 stitchers took a break on week 13, so we are now following them with STITCH 13 but WEEK 14. I have decided to keep up with their week numbers just so visiting the Pintangle.com posts, with their Week # titles, won’t be so alarming 😉

That means this week, we are stitching the 13th stitch, but following the TAST 2012 14th week. Onward we go!

This week’s stitch is Satin stitch. Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary pages with instructions on how to do it.

Here are the Satin stitch variations.  (For your convenience, listed here to open in a new window)

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012  Satin Stitch. You can read her instructions and see inspiring examples there.

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Satin Stitch and their variations pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

Please post the link to your Satin Stitch photos in THIS comment section if you also wish to share it here.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Gail

My Running Stitch Sample

I decided to use Running stitch on a project instead of making a flat stitch sample. (I’ll add some variations to my couching sample when I finally can do it. edited in: Or not. But I’ll work them soon.) I blogged this whole project at my main blog (link below) but here’s what I made.

Running Stitch on denimThis little denim bucket is about 6 inches across and made entirely by hand with my embroidery supplies and part of the leg from a worn-out pair of jeans.

There’s a single large cross stitch on each side just for a fun accent.

My finished denim bucket with running stitchThere is no other structure to this bucket besides its own flat fell seam, the stiffness of denim, and the french seam I used to attach the bottom circle. Denim french seams are VERY full of body LOL!

I used non-standard embroidery supplies here! The ribbon is a cheap 1/8″ polyester satin ribbon from a line we know here in the US as Offray Spool o’ Ribbon. I used a chenille needle, and I intentionally let the ribbon twist and bunch for this project. I don’t think I could have made it behave any differently in any case.

Inside and outside; french seam in blue embroidery flossI have a big plastic bag of off-brand and very old embroidery floss I keep meaning to donate to an after school program. I dug into it and used a ca. 1972 skein of light blue J.P. Coats embroidery floss to stitch the not-quite-backstitch seam that enclosed the raw edges of the french seam. You can catch a glimpse of it above.

Note about my not-quite-backstitch: I find that my variation of a hand-stitched seam spreads the strain out over the fabric better than a true backstitch, especially when the seam will see some stretching. I work it like backstitch with one exception: I don’t back up all the way to the previous stitch — the backstitch side looks like a line of short running stitch. Instead of two needle holes per stitch, I make three. I found this out — created it — when having to do some mending for the second time on a camping trip 🙂

Links to my simple running stitch embroidery mentioned above …

Denim Bucket creative details: http://www.2createincolor.com/2013/04/06/a-denim-bucket/

Doodle Stitching — see especially the last photo of the post to notice the running stitch. Don’t miss the mug with a stitch-darning heart 🙂  http://www.2createincolor.com/2012/07/05/very-basic-embroidery/

Stitch of the Week 12: Barred & Alternating Barred Chain Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, April 2, 2013   It’s week 12, the day after April Fool’s Day (I’m grateful to have made it through without being fooled by an epic prank from my sister April!!) AND we’ve already had a beautiful Easter Sunday. Spring is in the air in this hemisphere anyway! Spring makes me happy 🙂

This week’s stitch is Barred Chain stitch, and Alternating Barred Chain stitch. Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary pages with instructions on how to do it.

There are no stitch variations ON these two stitches because these are variations themselves! If you need to brush up on the basics, check out basic Chain stitch and then Twisted Chain stitch from SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary!

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 12: Barred Stitch. You can read her instructions and see inspiring examples there.

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Barred/Alt.Barred Chain Stitch and their variations pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

Please post the link to your Barred/Alt.Barred Chain Stitch photos in THIS comment section if you also wish to share it here.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Gail