Okay so I know it’s Monday but I’m just getting around to posting last weeks TAST stitch sample – Feather Stitch.
The unusual looking light green sample is Spanish knotted feather stitch, this is a completely new variation of the stitch to me, to the right, just above the 2 coloured sample, is a closed version of this stitch – it’s like a heavy braid and looks quite different to the open version.
I’ve been stitching these samples in a quite formal way, using an air erasable pen to draw lines to keep my stitches neat and even as this will give me a good reference to look back on. The lovely stitched samples being posted have inspired me to think of a more decorative way to display my stitches though.
As someone who is uncomfortable with drawing/sketching I have occasionally been practicing Zentangle patterns and this seemed a good way to utilise many different stitches on one piece of work. I’ve started by creating a pattern to work to –
Stitch Tangle Design
The design is 60cm square so plenty of room for lots of stitches! The fabric is a lovely heavy calico donated by my sister in law, I haven’t backed it but it is almost a canvas weight so should stand up to some dense stitching.
I hope to have made a good start on this by the time this weeks sample is complete, wonder what the new stitch will be?
Take A Stitch Tuesday
Some time ago a friend was working on a wonderful crazy quilt sample that she was doing as an online class with Sharon B; this was my introduction to Pintangle. Sharon’s blog is dedicated to hand embroidery and crazy quilting with lots of patterns, tutorials and templates and the very popular TAST – Take a Stitch Tuesday.
Back by popular demand, I decided to to join in with this latest TAST challenge which is to produce and share a sample using the stitch of the week with a new stitch given, as the name suggests, every Tuesday. I thought this challenge might prove a distraction from/inspiration for my torn fabric strip sample!
Week 1: Fly Stitch
Week 2: Buttonhole Stitch
I already had these strips of calico backed with wadding so thought I would work as many varieties of the stitch on each one to eventually make up as a stitched sample book. Others are embellishing patterned fabrics or producing pictures and fabric books, there is such a variety and it’s lovely to see everyone’s ideas and beautiful embroidery.
I don’t think it is too late to join the challenge……………
Not a stitch sampler then!
I eventually decided to add some more torn strips to my sample, sticking with running stitch to attach them.
Think I need to trim some from the 2 attached at the top that have long expanses of yellow & purple – they unbalance everything.
I have some thick threads that I dyed at the same time as these fabrics so I’m thinking I might couch some down, just need to think about the design. I also like the idea of adding some shisha mirrors – just because I love stitching them!
Any other ideas would be very welcome.