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TAST 61 & 62


  10:57:00 pm, by Airycat   , 423 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Stitches, TAST

TAST 61 & 62

I'm trying hard, and with difficulty, to get my family room finished ASAP. Since I don't know if I'll have any more time this week to work on  stitching, I decided I'd better post what I have done, even though it's not a lot.

Up and down feathered buttonhole

I didn't feel particularly inspired with the up and down feathered buttonhole. I like how the top row came out. I used oyster stitch  as the buds.  With the second row I was trying to create a fringe look. Meh. It's OK, but doesn't really stand up as fringe by itself. I imagine  it in a stitched picture as part of a rug or a rodeo jacket.  All perle 8.

Raised cross stitch flower

Monday night (the new TAST starts on Monday afternoons here in the Pacific time zone)  I sat down as my husband watched TV and started on the raised cross stitch flower. Oooooh! I like this one! So, I kept stitching for five hours! When I started I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do. I knew only that I wanted a lot of flowers. It came to me that a dozen roses would be nice. As I was doing them, I was unhappy with how they were turning out, but I think I was being too hard on myself. I didn't get the first few exactly right, and some are a bit square, but over all I think they turned out really well. It seems to be a pretty forgiving stitch. I did the stems with a single fly stitch around each flower which morphed into stem stitch. The bow is two closed base needlewoven picots pulled around into loops (ie. the loose ends tacked down at the base). Two open base needlewoven picots make up the streamers. The flowers are perle 8 and the bow  is perle 12.

Of course, nothing ever goes perfectly. This morning, when I looked at what I had done, I realized that I did it on the back of my sampler! Fortunately, the fabric has no right or wrong side.When the whole sampler is stitched, I will  add a backing fabric and the seams will cover  the blanket stitch on the edge, so it won't matter. But that's why the stitching on the edges looks so messy. It really is neater, at least a little, on the other side.


Be sure to check out PinTangle to see Sharon's samples and what others are doing with this stitch. (And since it's still early in the week, you might want to go back and look again later this week for more.)


Comment from: Isabelle [Visitor]  

your feathered buttonhole look really like mine. it is funny.
your bunch of roses is really cute. it would be wonderful on the top of a little box, isn’t it ?

04/16/13 @ 23:19
Comment from: airycat [Member]  

Isabelle, thank you. It would look good at the top of a box. I also was thinking along the bottom of a little girl’s skirt.

04/17/13 @ 15:27
Comment from: Linda Calverley [Visitor]
Linda Calverley

I like the top row of TAST 61 and your bunch of roses. Some of my raised flowers looked square too, I’ve not posted it yet as I’m still working on it. The ‘fringe’ row is a good idea, maybe if the stitches were closer together it would work better? Or another row on top.

04/18/13 @ 11:20
Comment from: Queeniepatch [Visitor]

I think your Up and Down Feather stitches look lovely with the Oyster stitch buds, the fringe looks more like Up and Down Buttonhole stitches to me, but they would make a perfect fringe on a rug.
The roses are so wonderful I can really smell their perfume. Great use of the Needlewoven picots for the bow.

04/18/13 @ 18:03
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Like your roses! I added bullions to some of mine to give a bolder look.

04/22/13 @ 12:15
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