Thursday, December 13, 2007
I can't believe that we have done 5 weeks worth of lessons - the time has disappeared in a flash. There has been so much to digest in those 5 lessons and now number 6 has arrived and once again it is full of information - lovely stuff on textured stitches - some of the most beautiful. It was a textured piece of Sharon's that enticed me to attempt these classes - the seahorse piece she uses to advertise the Sumptuous Surfaces class. Now if only I can hope to do something as beautiful as that one day!
This last week was very interesting with its emphasis on shape and direction. This sampler is a combination of that plus an attempt to cover some of the new stitches that Sharon has provided for us. I love the 'pine tree' on the left -unfortunately I had trouble in keeping the cable chain foundation row even, both in tension and in stitch length. Definitely needs more practice. Maybe I need to go back to stitching on Aida.
Stacking rows of stitches produces some negative spaces just crying out for a contrasting stitch pattern. Again, unfortunately my 'lazy daisy' leaves much to be desired! At least I should not be at a loose end for quite some time.
I should have done more work but ran out of time - it is definitely the wrong time of the year for this. However I move on to Lesson 6 and hopefully will manage to do some work in the next week.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
This is my first sampler for Lesson 4 - the key is beginning at the top - Half Chevron stitch
1. Variegated sewing machine cotton
2. 2 threads of 2/60 mercerised cotton
3. Perle #12
4. Fine weaving silk
5. Semco coton a broder
6. Linen weaving thread
7. Handdyed 2/20 wool
8. 12/2 cotton
9. Lurex knitting yarn
10. Perle #3
11."FunkyFibre" - polyester knitting yarn
I am not sure I would have the patience to use the last thread very often!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
There were a variety of threads used for this stitching -ranging from a 2/20 mercerised handdyed weaving leftover to perle3 in cottons, a handdyed fine woollen yarn, and some medium sized linen thread.
I don't enjoy couching very much - I have trouble in persuading the thicker 'thread' to lie just where I would like. These exercises indicate what is needed to be practised when the class finishes. Many of the stitches still require an instruction sheet beside me while I work.
I look forward to Sharon's challenge for 2008 - sharonb.wordpress.com/take-it-further-challenge/ - to be inspire me to continue the voyage I started this year.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The threads varied from DMC perle 3 to Finca perle 12, as well as a couple of weaving yarns, pink threads in 2/10 cotton and a linen of the same grist.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Starting from the right : Chain stitch; Heavy chain stitch; Feathered chain stitch; Cable chain stitch; Open chain stitch; Zigzag chain stitch; Twisted chain stitch; Threaded chain stitch; Zigzag cable chain stitch; Knotted cable chain stitch; Rosette chain stitch; and Whipped chain stitch.
And that is not even the complete set of chain stitch!!! The thread used was perle cotton in weights from 3 to 8. It could be instructive to repeat this exercise in woollen yarn.
I am unhappy with my tension but am sure that that can be rectified with practice.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
The red stitching is my Chevron practice - nothing very exciting - I need to think of something more adventurous.
The remainder of sampler 4, Lesson 1, is cretan , a stitch that I can see has tremendous possibilities.
Now I really need to concentrate on Lesson 2
Thursday, November 15, 2007
It was also very difficult to scan.
Lesson 2 arrived today and it looks so interesting.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Today it occurred to me that there was a nice piece of grey woollen felted fabric that could be useful for a sampler. Unfortunately it is too thick for the hoop I am using. I need to try some cretan without a hoop and see how it goes.
I have also remembered my stash of hand-dyed fabric that I acquired by virtue of an international dye swap 8 or 9 years ago. While some was used to make fabric boxes twelve months ago there are quite a number of interesting pieces still in the cupboard, just begging to be used.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Felt and buttonhole stitch seem to be made for one another. I wanted to try some variations on buttonhole stitch and did exactly that -but not quite as I originally intended. Every stitch on this piece is buttonhole except for a few straight stitches and a lonely French knot! I just got carried away and enjoyed myself.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
So there is plenty to learn.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Now that I have two postcard-sized embroideries it will be interesting to see how they can be framed. This won't be easy as both are quite heavily textured - the first one even so more than this.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I may add a couple more red lines but I think I will wait and see how the whole thing develops first.
Now I need to work out how to do the butterfly. It is to sit in the top left hand corner. I envisage it as fairly delicate. Perhaps the wildlife of Brisbane area book can help.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I did try some knots and because they were deep purple, deep blue violet and red they added to the overall darkness of the piece. (Unpicking a pile of knots is definitely not much fun!) Maybe this is where the beads at the end lift everything!
Also I am not sure what I can use for some background in the outer areas. As well, the butterfly in the top right hand corner has me completely stumped at the moment. Definitely more questions than answers!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Lesson 5 has arrived! I am overwhelmed by colour - it had not occurred to me that I would find working in monochrome so much easier than in colour. One less dimension to worry about- no doubt.
I am currently trying out stitches for the background low relief areas. This has been a fun exercise as all the stitches are new to me. If I am to have any hope of finishing this before the end of the course I will have to make up my mind soon.
What a lot of information there has been in the 5 lessons! And how sad I am going to be next Thursday when the last lesson arrives.
While I am stitching my rice and punch stitches occasionally I let my brain wander on the Opera House exercise and have come up with a new sketch(?). I think this one might be fun to do after the course is over. Then again maybe I need to take a course in sketching!
Monday, August 6, 2007
I am not sure about the greens - I think I will use the yellow as the contrast.
Back to the needle and more practice on the hoop.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
It is all steam ahead for Lesson 4.
I wanted to have a memorable souvenir of Sydney. This drawing is based on a photo we took in 2002 and chosen because it is view of the Opera House I particularly like.
Now I have to start to think about a colour palette.
In between times I am practising some of the stitches from Sharon's dictionary - cast on stitch and bullion knots so far.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
What have I learnt?
1.Maybe I can start with a concept and develop a finished piece - thankyou Sharon. It has been a wonderful three lessons and I can't wait to start again and include colour into the mix this week.
2.That I love hand stitching . Amazingly as I get older and time seems to disappear much too quickly, the more I realise that time is something to be savoured, not gobbled in gulps.
3. Not really something new - I love playing with creams and whites. (However I love colour interactions also - so maybe I just like playing!)
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I changed my mind a little from the stitch plan of last week - I used Portuguese stem Stitch for the large circle but then chose two rows of Stem stitch for the smaller circles. I also reduced the number of larger arcs - they seemed too close to the circle group.
I am enjoying the process enormously and have spent a considerable time working on it. Now comes more fun! The heavier elements.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Since the arrival of Lesson 2
Friday, July 20, 2007
I spent quite some time playing with Portuguese Stem Stitch. I discovered a number of things - probably the most important one was that most of my stitching (and certainly any with an ecru thread that matches the fabric) will need to be done in good natural light - the penalty of aging eyes! I like it (PSS) and will probably use it to outline my large circle. I have been trying other stitches recommended by Sharon - lots of fun. This morning I calculated it is at least 51 years since I spent any time on any embroidery except cross stitch. No wonder I feel very rusty. Hopefully my fingers will become more agile as time goes on.
At the moment it is only sampling - I made a part tracing of the design on a small piece of linen. I tried the PSS, outline stitch and stem stitch for outlining the circles -after that some pulled cretan stitch for the background - first in a fine white singles weaving linen and then in an even finer weaving acrylic yarn, Moonshine. Moonshine is possibly too subtle to be used on its own. It is not much thicker than some human hair but I do like the irridescent effect it can give. I like the effect of pulled cretan. I think I would like to stitch the larger arcs in either running or back stitch . There is lots more experimentation to be done.
I am not sure how long I have to play before I get stuck into the actual piece. However I must try a few more stitches before I can submit my ideas for feedback. I also think I might need some slightly darker threads - the ones I have collected are mainly very pale tones.