Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Color problem

This is the ribbon as I embroidered it years ago. The black arrow points at a color I don't like. It doesn't fit in and the more I look at it the more it annoys me. Conclusion....unpick ;-(
According to the instructions I used the following threads from bottom to top:
3721, 3722, 3721, 221, 3802, 902, 3371.
3371 (black-brown) is much too dark, instead I used Anchor 72.
On the picture I have laid the used colors on order of color family. The color that annoys me is the third from the top number 3802.
It turns out that 221, 3721 and 3722 belong to one color family.
3802 and 902 belong to another family. That is the reason why I don't like the combination.
These are the colors I will use, except the color at the bottom: 3722, 3721, 221, Anchor 45 and 72.

This is the result. I'm pleased with the "new" color combination. But now there are two new "problems". The loop hasn't the right shape (right arrow) and the fabric isn't flat anymore  (top arrow). I guess I made too many stitches in too little space. Ppfff.....
I'll leave it for now as it is. I won't unpick again.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The finished desert

The finished desert pebble, although no pebble was involved. This time I used two CD's.
I more or less used the method my friend Deb showed in this tutorial.

The previous picture, this one and the next show the desert from all sides.

Below are views from more above.


The last pictures are taken from a distance.



Friday, August 24, 2012

Look what I have got.....

My dear friend Sherry wanted to make one of her famous thread catchers for me.
She asked what color it should be. I told her that purple and burgundy are my favorites (among many others). And look what she made me.

 The colors are more beautiful than the picture shows. The lining fabric matches the outside fabric exactly. She put a safety pin with two beads in to fasten the flap.

Here a lilac heart button. Cute, isn't it?  You see I have immediately put the thread catcher to work. It has already a lot of thread collected for me.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nearly finished

Another rock is sewed on.

More stony things.

For this growing thing I stitched a line of back stitches. Next a row of detached buttonhole stitches and partly a second row of detached buttonhole stitches. 

And finally the needle felted cacti are sewed in place.

The hills were somewhat empty. As the fabric is a batik, there are natural lighter spots on it.
I decided to stem stitch around the spots.
The hills look like lunar craters now.

Now it is time to transform this piece of embellished fabric into a CD-shaped desert.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Grasses and flowers

With different colors of DMC stranded cotton I made grasses, using the ghiordes knot.
How this stitch is done, can you find here.

Shot from above.

Again I tried to make a bed of needle felted wool roving. This time I made it firmer to prevent it from disappearing while stitching on it.

A flower bead and seed beads were sewed on. Sometimes I sewed two seed beads on top of each other to differ the height.

The completed "flowers"on their soft felt bed.

An overview.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

French knots in the desert

On this little hill, made of pebbles, I sewed a little pebble. It is about one cm.
First I cut a piece of plastic, threaded it and glued it at the bottom. Then I only had to fasten the thread.

Over to another area of the desert. Here are three little plastic beads trapped under the sand. I like them and the wrinkles as they are, so not much manipulating here.

I only tidied the wrinkles up, so there will not be too much excess fabric at the edge of the desert.

I added lots of french knots, one or two wraps. This lovely thread is Kreinik fine braid #12.
The colors vary from sand to silver gray.

Some straight green stitches were added.

Here I have added little shrubs. What stitch could that be?
Just ordinary french knots, about four loose wraps. The thread is Appleton crewel wool, I mixed two colors, terracotta and ochre.

Here I loosened up the french knots with my needle. Amazing the difference between the loose french knot shrubs and the tight french knots between the trapped beads.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Flowering desert cactus tutorial

The heart is a trapped bead. I stitched six needle woven picots around it with House of Embroidery perlé 8. This is a lovely thread to do this stitch with.
Needle woven picots turned out to be the TAST stitch of week 44.

Sorry for the blurred picture, forgot the macro button I guess.
I attached the six leaves to the trapped bead.

Next I added brownish and yellow beads to the centre.

Just between the first six leaves I stitched six more woven picots.

This is the whole picture as it looks now.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The finish of a huge daisy

To vary the work on the daisy I stitched these two leaves. First marking the outlines with running stitches, then embroidering them with closely worked fly stitches. The thread is Gloriana stranded silk, the color is called "winter woods" Nice variegated colors, aren't they?
The centre vein is a split stitch embroidered with DMC 3371 black brown.
On this picture it seems I have not made the split stitches exactly on the centre of the fly stitches.

Here I have added shading at the base of the petals. The thread I used is DMC stranded cotton.

More shading with a darker color.

The centre is filled with french knots. The thread is Gumnut Yarns Stars stranded silk in very light lemon, light and medium daffodil. I used two strands. Around them I stitched french knots with black brown DMC stranded cotton.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The huge daisy continued

The first layer with Gumnut Daisies fine wool is finished.

The description tells me to add shading at the tips of the petals with long and short stitch using DMC 452 med shell grey and 3743 very light antique violet. I have never stitched DMC stranded cotton on top of a layer of wool. How will that turn out?
So I just started to make some straight stitches, more or less long and short with the violet. The grey was much (!) too dark, may be I'll use it for darker shading. You can see the stitches on the two petals in the middle.

From a distance the shading is better visible. I don't like it, it doesn't blend well with the wool. I think I didn't  make the long stitches long enough.
The top thread is the violet I used. The bottom is the gray for darker shading.

The second attempt. I varied the length of my stitches much more. It blends better with the wool now.

The shading is finished. After all I didn't add the gray for darker shading. I tried but it was too dark.
The shading is very subtle, but it is there. I am pleased with it.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The beginning of a huge daisy

This is the backside on which the design was drawn. I transferred the design to the front fabric by making running stitches with DMC stranded coton in the color of the future embroidery. The running stitches are about 4 mm on this side and 2 mm on the front. I won't unpick those running stitches as they will be covered by the embroidery.

The front side with the three "colors" I used. The thread is Gumnut Daisies in white, ecru and very light yellow.

The top petal is partly outlined with split stitch. The middle petal is filled with white at the edge and ecru in the centre. The bottom petal is finished with very light yellow as last color.
The colors blend beautifully. This thread is lovely to stitch long and short stitch.

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