A place to share with others - my love of needlework and Crazy Quilting which my daughter introduced me into some time ago.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

TAST Cretan Stitch

The wheel has whipped stem stitch rings and detached Cretan Stitches to link the outer rings. I thought with a few feathers it could be a Dreamcatcher

I experimented with different threads and spacings

The fern has narrow, closely placed stitches

The top row is in a knotty thread and because it is an experiment I've left it in. It looks daggy and not at all even. The designs are from Dorothy Bond's embroidery book

The Green Cretan stitch with leaves only, looked good but I finished Dorothy's pattern with the flowers and added beads.

TAST Cretan Stitch

Ihave spent two days on these miserable leaves. I have included a page from Mildred Graves Ryan's embroidery book with instructions on how do do this stitch. If anyone knows how to do these raised centre leaves and can teach me, I will be over the moon. My pics are poor, but I assure you they are as flat as Granny's chest.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

TAST Detached Chain

I am enjoying the single stitches in TAST. It is good to try extensions of a stitch. I wondered if I could claim the wateringcan handle as an open detached chain.

The top line has a different filler in each Vee.

The silver/green design is in my Mildred Graves Ryan book of stitching and called Tete-de-boeuf, being a combination of detached chain and straight stitches. I can't add one of the accent marks for the word Tete.LOL

Saturday, January 13, 2007

TAST - Buttonhole

This week's effort in DMC. I used 2, 3 and 4 plies. I found that in trying to use the buttonhole for stems and calyx the stitch appeared to look more like fly stitch.
The lowest green pattern was from a Dorothy Bond book.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Arrgh I've been tagged again, so I guess I'd better give in and see if I can find any weirdness about me. Me Weird? No, just crazy.

1. I love to have books of embroidery, but hesitate to start learning the method.
2. I love to take photos of others, but dislike having mine taken.
3. I talk a lot, but go dumb when meeting people. Julia...ssssh
4. I prefer to stay up at night sewing and wonder why I feel tired next day.
5. Repeating No 1. I love to learn any new craft but again hesitate to actually try them. Anyone would think someone was going to hit me for making a mistake.
6. I have a weird sense of humour.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Herringbone TAST and Self Portrait

I tried the herringbone with various threads in the first picture.
Chenille, beads, Edmar boucle, a funny thread with tiny pom pons is the closest I can describe it.
Rayon ribbon in two widths, silver cord and lastly, a tatting thread.

Edmar Lola is used for the twisted herringbone and Frost for greenery, with sequin flowers.

More Lola for the 2nd embroidery and the bullions are made with Minnimurra variegated thread.

Just trying some different stitches with the herringbone

and below is my self-portrait.

just me.

Boucle for the hair; the face is a millefiori by my youngest DD. All else is herringbone.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I started out experimenting with the herringbone to make a tree. I made 3 rows in cotton 8 perle for the trunk and also the branches. Then I overworked the trunk with chenille a couple of times and a last row of the green thread again. The star shape uses wool, 2 ply DMC white and metallic/cotton thread.

My 'sane' seam using dyed silk thread with variegated DMC in between. Maybe I'll add delica beads, to liven it up.

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