Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TAST Weeks 28 & 29

Weeks 28 & 29
Hope this does not become a habit - doing two weeks at the same time.

The challenge on week 28 on TAST was the Up and Down Buttonhole.  Sharon described it as the loop that ties the two stitches that allows for all sorts of interesting things to happen. Like buttonhole it can be arranged in a number of ways, layered and is effective worked on a curve, in a circle with spines or along a curve.  I only used 2 strands of floss for the Up and Down Buttonhole stitches.

Basque Stitch was the TAST challenge for week 29 - or twisted daisy border stitch according to Mary Thomas's Dictionary.  I mostly used 2 strands of floss, but I also used 5 perle for the Basque stitches on the right.

Most enjoyable stitches - once I was able to coordinate my fingers and arms!  Hopefully one day I can take a look at these stitches and create some of the beautiful works of embroidery art that others seem to be able to do - one day!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

TAST Weeks 26 & 27

Weeks 26 & 27
I am combining two weeks worth of challenges as I had to run to the city to buy some more embroidery cloth as I was out.

Week 26 was the Palestrina Stitch, or also known as double knot or old English knot stitch.  I used floss and some perle #5 and all six strands of floss.

Week 27 was the Bonnet Stitch.  This one took some brain work on my part as you had to work from right to left.  For the most part I used three strands of floss.

I referred to Sharon at TAST and also Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches for help - both were very good resources.  I really need to work on getting the proper spacing - comes with more practice and time.