Finally a post…

I’ve been busy, but I have been stitching J.  I have two pictures to upload, so I’ll do two posts.  I’ve made a design change in the blanket.  Instead of stitching a box around the bear I have widened the area and then stitched blocks down the side on each side of the blanket.

Here is the right side…block #4:

 block 4

The translation is crawling…and what is on the left bottom is the middle block…so the 4th and 5th blocks are on just above, on both sides of the middle block.  I like the blocks on either side.


Stitching news

carolanne block 3

I’ve been working steadily on my baby afghan.  The third block is finished, onto the fourth (crawling).  I think that I am making good time on them.  Three blocks in one month. 

A romp through the TAST blogs….

…and checking out the detached chain samples for the TAST, Take a Stitch Challenge.  Here’s what I have been seeing!  So many creative ideas.

 Judith finished up a ufo by incorporating the detached
chain stitch on small heart cushions…also using sequins…verra nice.

Purple Missus  does a lot of dying! Wow!

Françoise of creatilfun did a lot of samples.  I really like the
one with the french knots, cross stitch and lazy daisies.  It looks so dreamy.

I’ve been back to frogstich’s blog and shes stitched up a jumble of coloured detached stitches which look so coooool! 

 Karin Hammel has made a colourful ball with the stitches and she used special german thread.  So nice. Karin, you could call this Painter’s Palette. (needlefelting)

Odile stitched up  a sheep…the possibilities are endless.
Magpie’s designs are so intricate.  I’m waiting on word back from her if she is incorporating the design into her crazy quilt wall hanging. 

I forget Mariyarn’s name, sorry :(….but she stitched up a small bouquet, made with detached stitch with ordinary embroidery floss, and the leaves made with a fraying ribbon.  She mentiioned that the flowerpot is a stitch from Primrose Design´s blog who has a small stitch school.  I’ll have to check it out and put the link in here.

Charlene stitched up a beautiful peacock.  She printed up a photo of peacock and used it to create her own pattern design….onto silk.  She even used hand-dyed silk and seed beads. 

I went back to dawn’s place and she has elaborated  on the herringbone stitch.

Ati is doing her samples on crazy quilting…so nice. and she also made a bauble bag.   I have never seen one and it seems so complicated.

I hope you don’t mind Ati, but I want to admire the bag and check it out, so I’ve posted your picture here….let me know if you want me to take it down. Everytime I tried to post a comment on your site, my computer froze up. 

Ati’s baublebag

So where do I find a pattern  for a bauble bag? Isn’t it neat?

Well, I kind of feel like Sharon here, but I really want to see as much as I can.  I am learning so much here. 


Detached chain stitch card for the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge

Week 3 - Detached Chain Stitch

For this week’s Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge, I stitched up a little flower to put into a tri-fold card.  It turned out quite nicely and it worked up in an evening.  It contains the:* Detached chain stitch (flowers)

* Satin Stitch (leaves)…I’m proud of myself.  This is really the first time that I have done this stitch.

* Chain stitch (stem)

* French knot (buds)…this is my favourite stitch…besides cross stitch.

I’ve checked out  Galynn’s stitches…working on felt and putting the stitches all in a bunch.

I will check out more this week-end.  Stitching is so much fun 🙂

My lame attempt…

at the buttonhole for the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge. …I was not inspired to create.  I may have looked too much at others’ outcomes and couldn’t come up with anything….I did three rows of the buttonhole stitch…I will continue with my practicing…especially the first line.  What I really liked this week was all the reading and researching I did for embroidery.  I live in a French area so my resources tend to be in French so I am learning my French embroidery terms.  I’ll have to visit a few of our French bloggers a little more often.  I have a very old series of needlework books and they have beautiful embroidery designs and how-tos…I had never taken the time to go through them but as part of looking up the buttonhole stitch I did…and it just furthers my interest at practicing more than just cross stitch. 

 Speaking of cross stitch. I am well into my 2nd block…a teddy bear standing.  I should be finished this week-end! I am really rolling.

Here is my lame piece:

Week 2 TAST - Buttonhole

What I found difficult about doing these short lines was the starting off and getting to the 2nd stitch…it is really not that evident.

So, now on to week 3…I hope that I am a little more creative.

Sewing, Reading, Quilting, Embroidery(ing :) ), Running, Writing, Weaving…and the list goes on and on and on…