Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flowers made with some stitches from TAST 2012

I wanted to show some of the flowers I have made with TAST 2012 stitches.  I have also added beads.  I plan to make little ornaments to hang on an ornament tree.  These are the things I stitch while waiting at piano lessons and other places where there is a little time.  I try to take my embroidery with me. 

Something a bit different

I wanted to post a picture of a project that I am making for an online class by Shelagh Folgate called "Design to Stitch".

I was hoping to do a lot of hand embroidery on this piece but since I used lutradur as my stabilizer I found it way too stiff to stitch through without using an awl to make holes and pulling my needle through with pliers.  So I am just going to do more free machine work and bobbin work.  I haven't done a lot of each of those, so it will be good practice.

Here is what I have done so far:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TAST 2012 Week 12 Barred and Alternating Barred Chain Stitch

I finished my stitch sampler for this week already.  It isn't anything fancy--I just really needed to practice this stitch.  Last time this challenge was done by Sharon Boggon of Pin Tangle I stopped at about the 10 week mark.  I feel pretty good that I have continued on so far--but I do have a lot more time than I use to, so that is probably why I am finishing each week.

 Here is my stitch sampler:
Thanks for looking :-)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Question about my TAST 2012 Whipped Wheel

I wanted to answer Faith's question below in the comment section under my Whipped Wheel sampler with a picture.  [These are all great, but the one that really catches my attention is the white, woolly one. What yarn is used to give it such a poofy look?~Faith]         It is of the yarn I used to make the white puffy cloud.  I have bought a number of yarns over the years (not that I knit or crochet, mind you--but for felting) and happened to have this one in the picture below.

I have also been doing some embroidered flowers or motifs that I think I will turn into little ornaments to put on an ornament tree during the year instead of the usual Christmas icicles I usually put there.

Friday, March 16, 2012

TAST 2012 Week 11 Whipped Wheel Stitch

This week  Take a Stitch Tuesday was a lot of fun.  It took some time--but I really enjoyed doing it.  I had never used beads before when doing this stitch, so I decided to try that as well.  I also used some yarns to wrap with in some of my examples. I really like the way silk ribbon looks for wrapping.  I used 4mm ribbon.

Here is what I came up with:

Thanks for viewing!  : )

Friday, March 9, 2012

TAST 2012 #10 Running Stitch

It took me awhile to start this.  My idea was to do a sky background and then stitch a tree on top of it.  I liked the result before I stitched the tree--so I still have to decide if I am going to do the tree at all.

I first did running stitch with different colors and widths of silk ribbon.

Then I used my embellishing machine to needle felt the ribbon into the white felt background.  I really like the way this looks.  What do you think?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

TAST 2012 #9 Couching Stitch

I just finished my little picture using the couching technique.  I guess I think of it more like that then a particular stitch--because you can use different stitches to hold down the thread, ribbon, or yarn that you are couching onto your fabric.

My idea for what to do came from something I had drawn in my sketchbook when I was just waiting around for some reason.

I drew something similar onto my felt within a four inch square with a water soluble marker.
I tried different yarns and ribbons for couching down and used detached chain stitch, straight stitch, Romanian couching, and the herringbone stitch (which was my favorite one to use) to anchor those yarns down.

Some of the work was a bit annoying--mainly because I was doing such a small picture and I had to anchor the larger yarns down a lot,
but I like the overall effect.