As a word of welcome to newcomers and to help you get acquainted with other needlework and textile blogs, I’m mentioning one or two that I enjoy each week. I’ve been regularly stopping by Kay Susan’s blog, Smockery since I took one of Sharon b’s classes at Joggles last fall. I’m sure most of my regular readers are already familiar with Kay Susan’s blog, but if not please do check it out.
As I write this she has just done a beautifully illustrated post on satin stitches. She makes many of the fabrics that she stitches on. One of my recent favorites is here. She has a good variety projects that keep me fascinated. And I’m always smiling when I head over to visit her blog because she has a nice sense of humor that shows up in many of her posts. If you want an overview of her work, she has a flickr account. Not too long ago, she got started making some adorable dolls for her grandchildren and is now experimenting with more. Thank you for a wonderful blog, Kay Susan!
Wandering a field
We use to have an expression, maybe it was a Vermonterism, “wandering far a field”. I’m not going too far from wheatears but I wandered over into this variation or some other stitch that I don’t know or remember, yet. Please feel free to enlighten me by leaving a comment and I will correct everything accordingly.
This is perfectly nice as a stand alone. And when I posted this the other day, I conveniently didn’t indicate where the next stitch would start. I had some fun with this aspect and many others over the weekend. My mind is just flooded with more things to do with this variation.
Side by side
Playing with the size of the chain stitch. The first one is a double chain.
back to back and single line
End to end
Please, skip this paragraph about the numbers below and just look at the photo, if you’re not into counted thread. Maybe even if you are! This just isn’t as helpful as I anticipated. The first number indicates of number of threads under the straight stitches where the chain stitch starts (Some time this is a negative number because the end to end is started above where the straight stitches end.). The second number is the height of the straight stitches in number of threads. The third number represents the number of threads the straight stitches move away from the center. Second and third numbers are repeated for multiple prong variations.
more experiments — btw, the fabric is not stained, I merely had problems photographing and adjusting for this fabric. Unfortunately, no time to wait for good light and retake the picture. Finding a solution for my lighting problems is still on my “do” list!