Only minutes to spare (okay I passed the midnight mark so it's really Tuesday in Texas) and I'm posting my Monday night hints and tips. This is for those who would like to embroidery French knots in close quarters. Don't worry too much about missed spots to begin with. When you have the area filled you can spot where you need to add more by looking for the base fabric showing through. To further fill use your needle and poke up from the back wiggling the needle a little to find any bare spots. I always do this to get the area as filled as possible.
As you can see I haven’t reached my goal yet for my blog but
I’m not giving up! Just having to juggle life and choices keeps me busy not to mention my grandson Jaden. I spent a couple of
days this week helping a dear friend set up herEtsy account. She will be
adding more items and improving her shop but you can take a look now. That was
time well spent. Also spent some time waiting in doctor’s offices with my
husband for follow ups on his recent hospitalization.
So here’s an update on my stitching for TAST2012.
I’ve been keeping up with the weekly stitches but I’m slow
on getting them photographed and posted. So here goes!
Crossed Buttonhole Scribble Stitch
Crossed Buttonhole. I decided to stick with my scribbles and
actually enjoyed doing this stitch. It took me awhile to get it right and develop
a rhythm but then I was happy with it.
Half-chevron scribble stitch
Can’t say the same for the half chevron though. I was almost
to the end of my scribble before I realized what I was doing wrong. I think I’ll
try it again and see if I like it any better.
Bullion Stitch Scribble
And then there’s the bullion stitch. This is a stitch I
first learned from by mother-in-law, Eunice Balaz, and then further expanded on
it when I took some lessons in Brazilian embroidery. I really like the stitch
but I haven’t used it much recently, You can view my Flickr account for older
work using the bullion stitch.
Recently I used it on my quilt guild name badge
and on my February CQJ2012 block. I again decided to stitch with my scribble
method and made long and short bullions along the line. The long stitches have
10 wraps and the shorter ones have 5 wraps. The thread used was a variegated
Butterfly stitch scribble
Finally there’s the butterfly stitch. Oh my! I have never
executed this stitch before. I think it would have worked better if I had made
the straight stitches a little longer. I left my pencil scribble showing so you
could see the original line I followed. I will eventually remove that line.
All of my scribbles are up on my design wall and they may
make it into one cohesive piece when they are all done. I may even go back to
some of the earlier stitches and do them as scribbles. We’ll see!
Thank you for taking the time to look at my work and a
special hug thanks to those who leave comments!
Next I’ll show you my progress on my Crazy Quilt blocks and
I plan to have another tip up on Monday. (Oh that’s tomorrow – lol – we’ll
see!) I’m way behind on my 12 in 12 so I’m going to take some time to look for
some simple ones to try and finish.
I've always been crafting every since I can remember. I had a small working sewing machine and made doll clothes and toys until I graduated to a "grownup" sewing machine at the age of 10. I made a dress that won first place in our district Singer Sewing contest. My dad was so proud of me!
My mom taught me how to embroider at a young age and it's still one of my favorite things to do.
I checked out every craft and fashion book our small library had over and over again. I can remember crushing egg shells and painting them and then making collage pictures, I also remember my dad giving me stamps from his work which I cut up and used for collage work. I still love to do collage work!
I am happiest when I am creating whether it is with paper, fabric, buttons, or you name it.