Saturday, September 29, 2012

TAST week 39: knotted Buttonhole Stitch

A flower spray including Knotted Buttonhole Wheel flowers and Algerian Eye blossoms.
This flower spray appears on the Juni block of CQJP 2012.
Below is the story behind the spray.

The stitch of TAST week 39 is the knotted Buttonhole stitch. My plan is to create flowers using House of Embroidery perlé 8 mixed with one strand of purple Anchor cotton. I felt the color of the perlé by itself is too light.
Here I have drawn two small circles for the centers of the flowers.

I wanted to stitch the knotted buttonhole stitches from the center, the "arms" forming the petals.
After two stitches I found out that was not going to work. The circle is much too small.

The other way round works better. The two buttonhole stitches are made into the same hole on the center circle.

The result is the Knotted Buttonhole Wheel Flower.

In between the "spokes" I made straight stitches with two strands of the purple cotton.

The finished bunch. The stems are in Stem stitch, using two strands of stranded cotton. I chose olive green, matching the green in the center patch. The centers of the flowers are formed  by French knots.

To complete the flower spray I embroidered Algerian eye stitches with House of Embroidery perlé 8 in a beautiful variegated orange. The Algerian eye stitch was the stitch of week 31 of TAST

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The briar rose continued

The lower right petal is finished. The threads are different shades of mulberry Gumnut Yarns Stars stranded silk. Light and very light antique violet DMC cotton are also added. This time I was more careful with embroidering the rows of different colors.  I didn't stitch in every stitch of the previous row instead I skipped stitches.

According to the instructions the first row of the lower left petal should be embroidered with two strands of different colors. I used tweezers to lay the two strands side by side.

Embroidering a row with the next color doesn't mean I stitch in each stitch of the previous row. I skip about every second stitch. As there are seven colors, seven full rows are too much, the blending isn't nice. In every row I stitched only in the stitches of the previous row that laid  most behind.

Thread painting is a very secure and exacting work, so I like to alternate it with less delicate work.
Like this little leaf which is embroidered with Gumnut Yarns Blossoms crewel wool in fly stitch.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The first petal of the silk briar rose

The start of the lower central petal. First an outline in split stitch, then long and short stitch. The thread is Gumnut stars stranded silk. In the first row two strands are used, one medium light mulberry silk and one very light antique violet DMC cotton.

The second row in an darker shade mulberry silk .

I have been a good girl and followed the instructions. But I don't like this row of antique violet DMC cotton. Later I realised it was possibly meant to add a subtle nuance with just a few stitches, while I stitched it as an almost full row.

And forth and fifth row with very dark and ultra dark mulberry silk. Seen from above it looks somewhat messy. Later I will "comb" the stitches. That way they will neatly lay side by side..... I hope.

Seen from aside. The row in antique violet doesn't catch the eye too much because I stitched far back in this row. Of course every stitch shows up in a close up picture like this. In reality this petal is two cm long. Seen from a normal distance it looks OK.

This is the example. The biggest difference is that it seems less stripy and the colors blend better.
More practise is needed I guess.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

TAST week 38: drizzle stitch

The TAST stitch of week 38 is the drizzle stitch.
Regular readers will recognize these pictures as they were shared in an earlier post.
I used drizzle stitches to create cacti in my desert pebble project.  

I wanted a "flower" on top of the cactus. Before pulling the thread through I threaded a bead on.

A bunch of cacti. 


Monday, September 17, 2012

The leaves are finished

In this post I talked about the problem of some excess fabric in the loop of this ribbon.
I don't know if this makes sense, but I tried with tweezers to smooth them out.

The idea is to move the excess fabric under the leaf I am embroidering here. Here is the post about embroidering a leaf.

This is the whole picture now. The five large leaves around the briar rose in the centre are finished.
There is still some excess fabric left, but is doesn't catch the eye.
The shape of the lower ribbon loop will be corrected later.

A close up. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Burgundy blossoms

An overview.

These tiny green leaves are embroidered in closely worked fly stitches. The thread is a mixture of one strand of Gumnut Tulips mohair and one strand of DMC 869. I am a big fan of Gumnut threads, but I don't like this mohair thread. It is just the mohair I don't like, it feels and works like a rough rope, though the result is OK. The veins are in split stitch with DMC 869.

Burgundy blossoms in straight stitches, which should be fanning from one point at the base of each petal. Instead I stitched from three different points.  Otherwise too many stitches start from the same point. This beautiful thread is Gumnut Daisies fine wool.

Straight stitches to create highlights with Gumnut Stars silk. The centre is filled with french knots from fine wool and silk blended together.

Look at those wonderful threads. From top to bottom: Daisies for the petals, silk for the accents, silk and Daisies for the centres.
They are all slightly variegated, which I love. There is a small inconvenience however. These blossoms are mainly dark burgundy. That means you have to search for a length of thread that is dark burgundy. It can be slightly lighter, but not much. The result is some short lenghts of thread remain unused, at least for now.
The next few weeks I will take a break from blogging.
I'll be back before you know it!!

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