Out and about; without scroll stitches

August 20, 2007

Out and about

A warm welcome to this blog; thank you for visiting. And especially to any new readers and to those also new to the on-needlework community, a special word to say thank you for visiting. I keep a blogroll that may help point you on to other sites you would enjoy. Clicking on “blogs” in the categories list will bring you to posts highlighting other blogs I enjoy reading.

Many thanks, as well, to those who visit my blog regularly. I appreciate your visits and comments.

This is week is week two of my out and about trial to highlight blogs posts that are of interest to me as I explore some needlework and related blogs through the week.

Marty at Textiles in Time did a great tutorial on covering donut beads. I have a packet of about 30 donut beads. Now I know another way to transform them. Many thanks for doing this tutorial, Marty!

Learning furoshiki looks like a good choice if you want to reduce the fabric in your stash and wrap something elegantly at the same time. Check out this interesting article written by Serena Felton at Layers of Meaning. Thank you for putting together a very informative and enjoyable article, Serena!

I hope you’ve not missed Sharon b Saturday post regarding an article by Germaine Greer published in the Guardian and follow up at in a minute ago (now pin tangle). Sharon has stimulated a very interesting discussion, please do stop and read the comments if you have not done so already.

Thanks for doing this Sharon! You and those contributing to the discussion made me think far more deeply about the issues than I would on my own. All of us are prone to make mistakes in logic and embrace or express ideas that contradict some of our other deeply held convictions. Some worldviews have contradictions in themselves that have not been noticed or resolved yet. It is a discussion like this that bring some of those things in my own mind to light.

Without scroll stitches

8:30 am (west coast time) in the central valley and I can’t get pictures with enough light to clean up and post. The flash comes on if I’m close and if I back off the pictures are too blurry. I’ll be retaking them after work. And posting them then.

Out and about; a double crested chain stitch?

August 13, 2007

Out and about

Wecome! Thank you for visiting. I’m using this section for the next four weeks as a word of welcome to those who are new readers of my blog or new to the on-line needlework community. I keep a blogroll that I think point to some major needlework areas and from there help acquaint you with other blogs in special areas of interest to you. I need to expand this a bit more. New additions are coming but I tend to work slowly on this project. If you click on the category “blogs” you will find those that I’ve highlighted in the past.

“Out and about” is a way to highlight blog articles that I read during the week and thought noteworthy. They are not necessarily from any one involved in Sharon b’s TSTC but may be of interest to stitchers.

Lynne at Faffing About had an article with a photo of a great piece using the TaST long and short stitch. Her article mentioned something I related to instantly–courage in needlework. Thanks Lynne, you put some of my very thoughts into words!

Ann at Taoknitter posted an illustrated article on Irish dance hand embroidery. Thank you for investigating and displaying this hand embroidery work, Ann!

Karren K. Brito at Entwinements did an short, interesting post on the red dye of the safflower. I loved following the links and learning more. Many thanks, Karren!

Double crested chain stitch?

I tried this experiment on Monday (USA) evening when Sharon b had just posted the TaST stitch of the week. And dropped it because I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Over the weekend, the idea came back to me and I tried again. It only requires a very simple step to prepare the thread to make the second crest on the opposite side.


The needle is slipped under the far side of the chain instead of being inserted into the fabric to make the next chain stitch. The crest is then completed as normal and the second chain is then made. I hope that if you’re interested in trying this that these directions are a help. If you have any question please feel free to ask. I would be happy to try to try and clear it up with more photos or some other words to explain it better.

Here are some of the trials.

tstc32fdourow4.png Pima cotton


Three strands of floss above; more pima cotton below.

tstc32fdourow1.png tstc32fdourow2.png tstc32fdousquare.png

Sometimes I get sidetracked on something like this and wonder how useful it may be since this is not a very stable stitch in itself. However, I still want to see how it will do on curves, in couching. I’m full of curiosity if I can put two crests on one side. I just have to laugh at myself, shake my head and ask why do I want to push a capable little stitch like the crested chain to the maximum I can dream up?

Back to normal crested chains.