I went looking at buttonhole stitching

As I was updating my list of Take A Stitch Tuesday participants, I checked out a few of this week’s samples.

I really like frogstitch’s buttonhole interpretation of the northern lights. Grandmaziki has come up with the same theory as me…hardanger embroidery is full of the buttonhole stitch and so pretty. 

I started to check out gunnelsvensson stitching, but my computer crashed, so that’s enough for tonight.  I still don’t know what I will  stitch.  I liked the idea of ATC cards frogstitch. 





1st Baby Bear block finished….


…7 more to go.  I’ve decided to backstitch each block as I go along.  Don’t look too closely for mistakes.  Now I am working on a buttonhole sample….for this week’s Take a Stitch Tuesday.  I still haven’t had time to check out other participant’s sites…but I should get there tomorrow, or even later tonight.Now to fix my frame for my next block…and maybe start a few stitches, just get it going. 

It’s nice to get back to cross stitching.  It is relaxing.  I am all set up with my magnifying light and scroll.  I wouldn’t mind to get a stand for my scroll, a one foot stand…I can dream.

Teaching Cross Stitch…

…to children.  I started teaching my niece how to cross stitch today.  She complained of a headache after our short stitching session.  She is only 10 years old.  I started her off with a kit that has the largest aida sized cloth and a big needle.  I think that each session will be kept to no more than 20 minutes of stitching.  Her younger sister wants to learn, so I’ll prepare another kit.  It is amazing how much there is to making little x’s on material :)…I don’t want to encourage bad habits so I am making sure to show how the x’s go the same way, all the time….she did pretty good. I’m proud of her.  A few years ago, I gave a noon-hour workshop at my son’s school.  I have one son who is pretty good at cross stitch, although he doesn’t do much of it anymore, but he knows how to do it. He plays hockey and soccer and then stitches.  He cannot sit still, needs to be throwing a ball around and I figured that a needle in his hand was better than a ball on my walls :)…true, true.  He might want to start back to stitching after watching his cousin today. 

 I made a mistake on my cross stitch project.  I was trying to figure out why the back stitching wasn’t making the design stand out. I was using the wrong colour!  So I ended up taking all the backstitches out and redoing the block.  I will post it when I am finished.  It looks so much nicer now.  It’s a good thing that I noticed it right now, on the first of 8 blocks 😉 .  I haven’t touched the project for a week, but each time I went by it I would try to figure out why I was disliking it so much and avoiding it….the backstitch.

Back to work tomorrow….. I could use a snow day and just stitch all day :)….let us all say some oooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmms to the snowgods.

 Thanks for all the positive comments to my shadow work.  It’s wierd, but since I have done the piece I have seen some more shadow work… After tavelling around to quite a few blogs and checking out the other work, I am inspired to branch out of patterns, we’ll see how it goes.  There are so many participants.  I’ll have to figure out a system of responding to as many as I can.  It’s only the first week.  Not having highspeed internet doesn’t help, but that could change soon.

Off for some tea and backstitching.


Shadow work flower

herringbone flower

I just finished my herringbone sample.  I tried shadow work on white organza and I think it looks pretty cool.  On the hoop it didn’t look tooooooooooo shadowy, but when I took it off the hoop, sheesh, it looked all shadowy! :).  I could make it into a pot pourri cushion, that’s what is suggested in the magazine I found the idea from.  I found the shadow work directions in the UK Needlecraft August 1997 edition.  But I think that I will put it into a card.  I think that might be a neat way to collect all these samples. 

Any ideas for what to do with it now?

Note, Above is the front, the herringbone stitches are on the back and the the backstitches going around the petals are on the front of the organza….making the shadowy effect.  This is the backside….flowerback

Shadow work

I’m working on my herringbone stitch.  I am doing a shadow work piece….stitching a design on organza…stitching on the back of the material to produce a shadowy effect on the right side.  Has anyone heard of this technique?  I’ll post a picture before Tuesday. I don’t want to be late for this one. I have gone to a few sites to check out what everyone’s been up to, but haven’t had time to really check everything out.  Some nice handwork.

I’ve gone back to work and between work and keeping the house up and preparing a few boxes for mailing I am eager for some free time this week-end to stitch.


Tuesday means….

…..Take a Stitch Tuesday!  My enthusiasm abounds.  I haven’t started the exact stitching but I came up with an idea of how to do my stitches.  When I finish the first one I will show it….I want to make sure it works out.

 I’m not sure if anyone is coming to my blog, but I’ll keep recording.


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