May 31, 2007
I thought I’d point to a couple of other blogs in case you haven’t caught them and would like pop over to take a look. Judith at Spinningyarns has done a step by step on dyeing silk rovings in a microwave. Don’t miss the photo slide show on the upper right side bar. And the needlewoman at Reading and Stitching in IL has done a satin stitch spot sampler and is referring to one of my favorite books from Lantz. Thank you, ladies!
And can you believe how many pictures are in flickr’s Take a Stitch Tuesday? I hardly ever notice details like this but yesterday my eyes caught the number and I could hardly imagine over 1,130 photos.
My own work on the satin stitch is progressing along. My sketched ideas were lost some where in my travels yesterday so I didn’t do any work on my napkin. But I found plenty of other ideas in my head to transfer to another cloth.
Then I got carried away with the curve shape I could obtain with the satin stitch here.
And I had to try and improve it
And box it in
In the course of looking for some suitable fabric (Which you may notice, I did not select. I chose something entirely too light.), I came across one of my practice cloths on picots and dove’s eyes. You may wonder why some of it is not finished. I think I gave up the idea of perfecting those two stitches. I was just talking over my struggles with Nancilyn at What bloggles my mind a few days ago. It really made me laugh to run into the evidence. I love hardanger and have to find substitutes for the picots and dove’s eyes. Since satin stitches play such a big part in hardanger, both in the kloster blocks (shown below) and the motifs, I thought it would be appropriate to post it.
May 30, 2007
I decided to remove some of the horizontal yellow wool border from the napkin I was working on. And in that area put in some pulled thread work. I’m still not sure about the vertical border. I may overstitch the yellow threads and use them as padding for new satin stitches. I think that could be effective and give me various heights for that border.
Somehow I never manage to catch up with all the experiments I want to try. Here are a few of the things I did get done. This napkin is a mess but I’m having fun adding just a little of this and a little of that. Any little idea that pops into my mind–I try it.
The pulled work reveals the interesting little pattern the fabric has.
I do have some more work done on the napkin but it will have to be posted later. In the meantime, here is what I tried last night on an cotton evenweave.
May 29, 2007
This week Sharon b has taken us to another great basic stitch for the Take a Stitch Tuesdays Challenge (TSTC), the satin stitch. Her introduction and samples are excellent. If you clicked the last link of her first paragraph you came across one of my favorite samples of her stitching in the third band. It’s also featured at the top of her satin stitch dictionary entry.
The thing that was surprising to me about her choice was that I’d been using the satin stitch earlier in the day. I’d dug out some old napkins and a tablecloth from a yard sale purchase made last year. And at a whim started stitching away on one of the napkins. The yellow daring pattern was already stitched on them. The tablecloth has a larger pattern with brown also added. The napkins have three rows of the pattern you see. My thought is that they are from the 1970s. But I’m a pretty uneducated guesser about such things.
When I read Sharon’s post for this week I already had the large diamond done and the circles beside it. I just added a bit more satin stitch work on the right and the purple flowers. Snapped a picture and called it quits for the day. Some little virus or something got me and although I’m recovered this morning I couldn’t keep my mind on any stitching last night.
As a result I thought I’d post some satin work from an old sampler.
Pulled work using satin stitches
Very useful for stabilizing thread on drawn work.
Another pulled work pattern. I did I tell you I like white on white work? This is more like ecru on ecru.