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  07:44:00 pm, by Airycat   , 298 words  
Categories: Chitchat, Hand Embroidery, Cross Stitch


I just got back from a visit with my sister and have borrowed eleven books on embroidery. She's done a lot more of it than I have. I'll be using these books to practice stitches in my blessings book sampler, so hopefully, I'll have something to add there, too.

These are the books (plus 1)       The widget doesn't work in this post.* Books returned. (09/15/11)

Mouse over a cover for title and author, or click a cover and it will give you more info and an option to go to either Amazon or LibraryThing.

I also took some photos of the cross stitch cats I did for her years ago. (here) There are five more in the series and I have the patterns somewhere. Maybe I will get to them, eventually. I want this and the accompanying photoblog to be a complete record of my work (however limited it is) so I will also be adding a couple of UFOs/WIPs.

Once I get my table cleaned off again, I will get back to the fairy quilt. It's amazing how things begin to pile up there. I don't intend that to happen, but once it does, and it tends to put me off working. I really need the clear space for working on the fairy quilt. My goal is to get it done by Tuesday.

I really hope this stitching phase lasts for quite a while. I'd love to get some things finished and do more!

Right now, I'm taking my sampler book and these books and I'm going to see what I can do.&amp;#58;&amp;#68;


* The widget is in the sidebar. It shows all my books, but if you are really interested, you can go to my LibraryThing (at the top of the widget) and open the Needlework and Crafts collection.


  01:11:00 am, by Airycat   , 275 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Blessings Stitched Fabric Book


I managed to stitch five squares in my blessings book, this evening. Three of them are practice stitches and two are blessings.


(Click image for larger view.)

My first blessing is my faith. While I am no longer a particularly religious person, I cannot even imagine not having faith, which really is that knowledge that passes understanding. I made the Bible with satin stitches and added straight stitches on top to create the illusion of writing. The cross is satin stitch in three sections. The bible cover is back stitch with a few satin stitches in the corner.

The second blessing (not necessarily second in importance) is my sewing glasses. I call them that because I don't need them for reading, except the very fine print, but I do need them for sewing and needlework. Since I enjoy the needlework, I'm very grateful for the glasses. Glasses and needle are back stitch, with the thread as a running stitch (tacked in at the needle eye).

The third box is the fly stitch on a diagonal. I used the diamond weave of the fabric as my lines.

Fifth box is a messy herringbone stitch. I need to practice this one more.

Twelfth box is Cretan stitch leaves. I like this stitch, but I need to work on making it more evenly spaced.

Box fourteen is fly stitch. This one makes me think of dandelions and snowflakes.

All the stitching is DMC, but I chose the threads color and didn't write down the numbers.

I learned the v (Edit 09/15/11: I'm not sure what happened to the rest of this post, nor do I remember what is missing.)


  03:33:00 pm, by Airycat   , 103 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Stitches

Herringbone Stitch

I'm not exactly doing the TAST Challenge, but I chose that to determine which stitch to use in the various stitch blocks in my Blessings book. As I get better at doing them, I will embrace more the spirit of TAST and see what else I can do with them. For now, however, this is more about learning the stitches.


Because of the close up, the threads of the fabric look a lot easier to count than they actually are. If I could see them this well, the stitches would be a lot more even. Otherwise, I think I did this OK.


  02:20:00 am, by Airycat   , 257 words  
Categories: Needlework, Machine Embroidery, Fabric Art

Machines Revolt!

In my typical ADD fashion, I started another project I was thinking about. This one is the sewing machine cover.


felting machine


embroidery machine

Debie's machines have covers to keep put the dust and cat & dog hair, but mine doesn't.


g machine

So I figured I whip something up. Nothing ever whips up for me. I wish I'd remember that everything takes more time than I think it should. The idea of what I wanted it to look like has been in my head for a while, but the execution is not as simple as I thought -- especially when the machines are uprising (or staging sit-ins).

So, I'm zipping along and I managed to get this far:

This is how far I got before I discovered the tension had gone out.

And then I discovered this:

no tension

The back of the 'hand' embroidery has no tension

I tried to figure out what went flooey with the tension and couldn't. (I did finally figure out how the button holer works -- I think.) Then, when I tried to raise the feed do to see if regular sewing was off, too, that didn't work either. Well, it is past due for routine maintenance. Hopefully that won't take forever and cost an arm and a leg.

I came up and did some sample stitches on my Blessings sampler book.

Now I'm going to bed because I have to take the quilting machine class with Debie all day tomorrow. I'll have more about that machine at a later date.

  12:10:00 am, by Airycat   , 120 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Blessings Stitched Fabric Book

More Starting

I started with a stitch square rather than a blessing square. I will probably do a few more of these randomly before I do my first square. My first herringbone is not too great because I didn't mark my lines, so it's a little wonky. It makes me think of a lopsided cross stitch. I'm using two strands of DMC floss, since that's what I have an abundance of.


(Click for a larger view.)

You can see the fabric threads a lot better in the full sized photo than I can when I'm stitching!! I wish I could see them this clearly. I'd have a much neater stitch if I could count. I wonder if a super magnifier would help.

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