Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TAST - Week 44

Closed Base Needlework Picot
The Closed Base Needlewoven Picot or Needlewoven Picot Leaf stitch is known as leaf like to be used in floral motifs.  Another very nice raised & detailed stitch.

I think I made a few that were just Woven Picots (re Mary Thomas's Dictionary) - base was spread further apart and therefore much easier to find the outer and middle thread to weave through.  It is also easier to complete with Pearl cotton #5 thread than the #12 or 2-strands of floss!  But I could not get the final product to look as detailed (and as cob on the corn appearance...) as Sharon B at TAST (check here for instruction) or The Embroidery Handbook - practice, practice, practice.  

Monday, October 29, 2012

TAST - Week 43

Week 43 - Buttonhole Wheel Cup Stitch
Buttonhole Wheel Cup was the stitch of the week.  This makes a great textured embroidery and is based on the buttonhole wheel stitch and then combined with detached buttonhole.  One row of detached buttonhole produces a ridge, two rows a small cup and three a deeper cup, etc. according to Sharon B at TAST.  I again used a variety of floss and pearl cotton 5 & 12.  Definitely a sweet stitch!

Monday, October 22, 2012

TAST - Week 42

Week 42 - Italian Border Stitch

The Italian Border stitch is great for borders and edges.  It can also be worked in a line, arranged in a line or worked in a circle.

I used a combination of threads - 2 and 3-ply floss, pearl cotton 5 & 12.  I found the stitch easy - more stitches by other wonderful artists can be seen here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

TAST Week 41

Week 41 - Knotted Loop Stitch
This week Sharon gave instructions for the Knotted Loop stitch.  It is described as being ideal for borders and ideal for crazy quilting.  The arms can be spaced differently and extended or contracted easily to form many shapes.  You can view the work of many others at TAST

I used 2 strands of floss, pearl cotton 5 and 12.   Each gave a much different texture to the shapes.  My fish definitely needs work (more practice....).

TAST - Week 40

Week 40 - Beaded Hedebo Edge
This is the Beaded Hedebo Edge stitch for Week 40.  It is described as decorative and is to be used as an edging stitch.  I used 2 strands of floss for the one on the left and pearl cotton 12 for the one on the right.  You can see more at TAST.