Blog at rest

June 23, 2008

I’m taking a break from blogging for the summer. Unless things significantly change it looks like my dad unexpectedly needs my help in closing up his home here and in some other matters. I’ll be back September 1 with another post.





Over again

June 16, 2008

I’m sorry to have been unexpectedly away from blogging for the past few days. There are several family difficulties that have arisen and are cutting into time available both for stitching and blogging. Things still do not appear to be on an even keel on one of these issues.

I’m taking a blog break until Monday, June 23. I’ll come back with either a normal or amended blog schedule then.

Here’s a look a few of the experiments I’ve been able to do in the past few days. These are continued trials on the raised stitch idea that I’ve been looking into this year. Instead of using a straight stitch or herringbone to raise these stitches, I’ve been looking at stitches that use the previous stitch to raise the next identical stitch.

The third column of sorbellos is my favorite. The first column is cross stitch. But there is another way to do this. I used that method several years ago to create an alphabet.

Many thanks to all of you who have been checking back and to those who have left very kind comments, I’m trying to respond to these a few at a time.


This and that with the feather stitch

June 12, 2008

These are the last of my feather stitch photo posts for a little while. Something new has been catching my eye. And I need to start the hard work of putting the the feather stitch sampler together. I still don’t have a great alphabet for the sampler. I’m thinking of going to a script or going to a space for family initials.

My grandmother was a great letter writter and kept a daily diary for probably more than fifty years. A script alphabet would remind me of that. I thought of trying to do it in a hand similar to what she wrote in. However, I can see this taking up more time than I figured. I’ve thought about going to family initials. In the diary and personal letters to the family she consistantly used initials for immediate family members and the farm itself.

Here are some odds and ends of the feather stitch experiments.

A couple of the grids


I’m debating about all these heart shapes. I’m not sure if they belong in this sampler or not. The feather stitch certainly lends itself to creating them.

This little doodle to the left I can’t seem to repeat. I’d like to make it a line somewhere in the sampler.



More experiments with the feather stitch

June 11, 2008

There are still a few more experiments with the feather stitch to post.

The line second from the right shows some of the problems I have in extending the stitch too far. It’s not stable in respect to the looped diagonals heading into the center of the line. While I like the idea, I’ve not found an adjustment that works yet. That is calling to me for more experiments.

I could try couchng or a series of diagonal feather stitches. I’m leaning toward couching because the line is cleaner. I’m also curious about the stitch done directly before it. It seems like that stitch is pushing against the limits, too. I’m not sure if a different stitch there would produce a better result for the diagonal one.

These next samples are a series of small experiments playing around with staggering or overlapping. I was initially trying to do some more fern like stitches. But those experiments got side tracked when I started playing around with the texture caused by the overlapping.

One of these experiments are showing where I went beyond the limits of this stitch in some

Memories of butterflies in feather stitches

June 10, 2008

Well, perhaps these aren’t close enough to the real butterflies to be called butterflies. But they reminded me of butterflies.

My grandmother enjoyed the butterflies as they fluttered about the yard on summer days. I’ve already put some birds in the sampler. I don’t have courage for the lambs or calves yet.

Perhaps these stitches above will find their place in the sampler. I”m thinking of doing them as detached units and attempting to improve them in a few places with some satin stitches.

I’m not sure if this fabric is stained or dyed with tea or coffee, but the variation is showing up in the photo above.

Here are some school girl rows…just testing various alternatives.

The top two are new ideas. The others are variations on a theme from some of the stitching done during SharonB’s 2007 TSTC.

I believe they have a new group started at her stitchin’ fingers community. For any one not familiar with that already, I’ve tried recently to update my page on her challenges with some of that news. Many thanks to Sharon for all wonderful work she does in behalf of hand embroidery, crazy quilting and in so many related needlework fields.

Feather stitching again

June 9, 2008

A new week and I’m back on the feather stitch sampler again. I’ve been doing a lot of samples. Here are a few of them.

This first glance contains a few more renditions of the dog paw pattern (the two samples to the right). And at the top a little leaf pattern that reminded me of my grandmother’s ferns. She always had a bed of various ferns along the north porch. Oops, I guess you have to flip that sample about one hundred and eight degrees to get the effect of the ferns. The two samples to the right are part of the pattern I’m working with in the second photo.

The pattern to the left is what originally got me started on the two samples to the right in this photo and and in the one above.

In the last sample in the second photo I had to couch the long center stitches. The long stitches to the right and left are difficult to couch because of the angle of the stitches. They are perhaps stable enough for framed work but not for something that will be washed or handled a lot.

The third sample in the first photo is a smaller version of right and left sides of the last sample. It was done in an attempt to improve the stability of those long stitches. Definitely, not as graceful.


Small spots

June 7, 2008

This is a quick glance at part of a small spot sampler that grew out of my experiments on interlacing herringbone and cross stitches this week.

Close ups of the Celtic flavor I tried to insert in some of these experiments.