Wednesday, 17 March 2010

TAST 2010 - beaded hedebo edging stitch

Another new one for me:

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so I carried on working with the same piece of fabric and set of threads. This looked complicated to me and I thought it would be easy to count it and keep it even if I worked it along a row of cross stitch. I worked it first with the beads in the way Sharon described. Then I worked a row without the beads and decorated between the scallops with a cross stitch.

Then I tried working it, without beads, along a row of herringbone stitch:

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and got this nice lacy effect.

Then I thought if I stacked several rows they might look like waves:

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and they did! (sea, fish scales, mermaid's tail?) Then I found that if instead of taking the stitch at the end of the scallop through to the back on the bottom of the cross stitch, you take it through at the top, you get a kind of a twist and a more raised scallop, like this:

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I decided I liked that effect after I did it with the bright green row with the red beads, so I did it again with the light green and the green beads!

I made the green row at the bottom by varying the position of those beginning and ending anchoring stitches, so that the scallops face alternate ways.

Friday, 12 March 2010

TAST 2010 - knotted loop stitch

Here's this week's TAST sample - knotted loop stitch:

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This was another new stitch for me. It is loop stitch with an added buttonhole stitch, but I had to work a row in loop stitch first, before I could see the difference! I played around with the spacing, and the length of the "legs".

The green row across the bottom, decorated with orange buttonhole stitch, is loop stitch. All the other rows are knotted loop stitch.

To find out all about TAST 2010 click

Monday, 8 March 2010

TAST 2010 - diamond stitch - UPDATE

TAST 2010 starts this week!

I had real problems with this stitch until I went to look at Mary Corbet's video and found out I was doing it all wrong! So, I started over again. It's a new stitch for me, so I gave it a good workout in different weights of thread.

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I found I had to be careful not to pull the the knot too soon. If you make a mistake it is quite difficult to unpick because of all those knots. There's lots of opportunity for embellishment with this stitch because of all the spaces and points. After finding out how to to it properly, it is less complicated and quicker than it looks, but I don't think it will be a favourite of mine.

To find out all about TAST 2010 click

and to find Mary Corbet's excellent stitch demonstration videos go to her blog, Needle'n'Thread and click on the link for Video Library of Stitches. Thanks Mary, you make it look easy!


I found I had a bit more time, so - I did a bit more:

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well, I couldn't leave it naked and unadorned, could I?!