Twist upon twist

October 22, 2007

I started loading up twists on top of the twisted satin stitches. Nothing too crazy.

tstc42g2then1by1.png Twisted satin stitches in blue Perle 5 twisted over two by purple Perle 8 and staggered over one.

tstc42g2then23.png Twisted satin stitches in purple Perle 8 as the base for twisting the blue Perle 8 over two.

tstc42goffgridtwists.png Some twists are over over three. Basically I did what ever I wanted with these twists in the purple Perle 8.

Now that I’ve practiced and thought about these experiments I think I could go much further with it. I wish I’d though about beads and tried them on some of these longer satin stitches.

Now for the calmer samples…



with perhaps this exception where I used green twisted satin stitches as a grid for holding these other threads.


Bits and pieces of this and that

October 20, 2007

Nothing has been unified in my work with the twisted satin stitch in the last couple of days. It seems higgledy-piggledy to me. But I hope you have fun looking through it.

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I finally found some felt for “off grid” work. It’s nice to be stitching on it again. The light and dark pink are twisted satin stitches worked in interlaced squares.



The base of the yellow flower is a cross stitch. The twisted satin stitches were worked around it in a square.

Below I tried threading a couple of my experiments on the stitch with silk ribbon. The twisted satin stitch seems ideal for a lot of experiments in this area. I’m determined to try a few more.


Here I used some pink Perle 5 and a blue Perle 8. This is the same Perle 5 used in off grid French knot sample above where the color is more accurately reflected.


I’ve no idea what to stitch next with the twisted satin stitch, but I’m thinking about it. My work schedule is very demanding this coming Monday and Tuesday. As a result my posts may erratic early next week.

Exaggerated twists and two colors

October 19, 2007

Exaggerated twists and two colors seem to be the theme of my experiments with the twisted satin stitch the last few days.

Exaggerated twists

It started out with this trial where I was doing diagonal twisted satin stitches and moved the twist out and over the previous stitching as I progressed in each square.


Then a bit later I tried this.




I tried translating that into flowers or fans. I have a ways to go on perfecting them but these illustrate my general thought.



Two colors

Two colors and two twists each in the opposite direction at the point and then separated out as the yellow rectangles move apart.



No, I didn’t stitch it twice. I’d taken two photographs from opposite angles and couldn’t decide which I preferred. Perhaps I should stitch out the diamond if there is room on my sample cloth. The yellow is Perle 5 and the purple, Perle 8.

Now for the exception–three colors although only two are twisted. It’s my idea of a fix-it-up on yesterday’s rectangle.


Trials with the twisted satin stitch

October 18, 2007

I’ve been using the twisted satin stitch to make borders and snippets of this and that.

But I want to pause for a moment and say “welcome” to new visitors to my blog and to anyone new to the on-line needlework community. I appreciate those who read my blog and that includes newcomers. Please feel welcome to look around and to leave a comment, if you wish. If you’re new to the on-line needlework community, I keep a short list of blogs that I enjoy in several areas that may be of interest. If you visit these blogs I think they will be able be able to direct you more specifically.

Since I’ve been back from vacation I’ve not been caught up with so many things. I’m still not yet prepared to go back to my Monday out-and-about posts because of my current work schedule. There have been so many posts of interest to read and some great tutorials that have been absorbing. I will mention just two today.

I have learned to enjoy working with straight stitches. So I was delighted when I saw that Janet Perry wrote a thoughtful article about them at Nuts About Needlepoint a few days ago. Due to being behind on my Bloglines, I only read it yesterday. If you haven’t caught it, and are interested, I think you’ll enjoy it. She’s writing it from a needlepoint perspective but I found things to consider for my own areas of interest.

I also finally caught up with Gwen Magee at Textile Arts Resources and found that she’d highlighted lines as a design element in quilting in this post. She pointed me on to June Underwood who had written and posted, The line, as quilted at Art and Perception. Although not a quilter, it proved thought provoking for me and was well illustrated. Gwen’s article also points to several exercises and instructive pages about lines. I’m sure most of my regular readers have already seen these posts, but if you a newcomer or missed them I hope you’ll pop over and take a look to see if they would be of interest to you, too.

Many thanks to all these ladies for their work and expertise.

I must get back to the twisted satin stitch.


I tried two colors and two different thread thicknesses in the samples below with the exception of the third sample where there is only a color difference.




tstc42dbackforth.png Twisted in opposite directions in the top and lower portion. The middle rectangle is twisted from both directions. Oops, I just now spotted a small error on the upper portion of the middle square. Well, I’ll try to post a better sample of this tomorrow. Evidently, I need more practice or better eyesight.

Working with the twisted satin stitch

October 17, 2007

I’ve been having so much fun with the twisted satin stitch. It’s been doing more things than I even dreamed of, but I have been floating off into adding twists to other stitches. Today post shows a sample where I wandered over into the arrow stitch. If a twist is good for the satin stitch, it might be good for the arrow stitch. I not sure if it lived up to my expectations but I had to try it.


This is the ugly one but out of it there was fruitful thought on what might be attempted. I don’t have it fully stitched out yet but it’s in my mind to do.

More beads–I like this better.


A border


Tweaking the pink flower petals from yesterday’s post.


My bright border and more arrow stitches.


TSTC Week 42: The twisted satin stitch

October 16, 2007

It is amazing how quickly the weeks are flying by in SharonB’s 2007 challenge. Sharon did a very nice introduction to this week’s TSTC stitch. It shows step-by-step on a plain and beaded twisted satin stitch. In the short time between her post and the last minute before it was too dark for pictures, I made a bit of headway on thinking about what this stitch might do.

Here are some samples:

I thought this stitch looked like it would be good for making flower petals.

My first attempt


An improved petal??? I think a little tweaking is still in order.


Showing the difference between a twisted satin (inside diamond) and a satin stitch (outer). I used a Perle 5 for the inner and a pima cotton for the outer. I wish I’d tried a Perle 8 instead of the pima cotton.


In the border below I also tried the pima cotton but it doesn’t seem to enhance the twisted satin stitch. But I’m sure it’s all a matter of perspective and the affect you want to achieve. The pima cotton seems to have more loft but is doesn’t reflect the twist as reliably as the Perle cotton. At least I think that’s why it doesn’t work for this border.


The last sample is a Perle 5 diamond border. This one is better. I think this stitch has a lot of potential–lots of scope for imagination.


Blogs and ending of review

June 18, 2007


As many of you know from reading Sharon b’s chatter, Deepa of This and that…my random thoughts has been looking to help identify the variation that Sharon posted about earlier last week. She posted about her findings here. While not an exact match of the variation, this Ceylon stitch that she brings to our attention may help us classify the variation properly. I’m still hopeful that we may yet find some place where my variation has been documented and used by other needle workers either now or in the past. I’d like to say, “Thank you!” to Deepa, to Sharon and to others who have been giving so generously of their time to help with identifying the variation. I appreciate it so much.


I hope any of you unfamiliar with Deepa’s blog will take time to see some of her work connected with Sharon b’s TSTC. I found much of interest as I first went through her blog myself perhaps in May. Just to highlight a couple of the many things I’ve enjoyed, here are links to her chain work and Cretan and feather stitch samplers.

Naturally, I’ve also been scouting the web a bit looking into what information there is about the Ceylon stitch. I came across some beautiful work with it done by Bobby of Robyne Melia is Bobby La. Bobby does have an number of blogs so the first one is in connection with her crazy quilt work and the other, I think, is her primary blog. Also Beth of Mixed Media Art by Beth Robinson, whose work I’ve loved since finding it through Sharon B’s PLofS class last fall, did some interesting Ceylon stitch samples. Beth’s samples are in connection with some other needlelace work. These are the links: Ceylon stitch and a variation called the ladder (last two samples in the last photograph) and another variation here (top right sample in first photograph). While at these blogs please do look around if you are not familiar with these ladies’ work. They both have lovely things.


The last of my slivers and slices review of Sharon B’s TSTC stitches with French knots! Sadly, I’m concluding that my work with French knots this week has not resulted in any decided improvement in my execution of them. They are too useful to ignore, so I’m thankful for the practice time.

Week 21 crossed buttonhole stitch


Week 22 satin stitch


Week 23 wheatear stitch


I know the stitch is named wheatear but somehow I saw a cactus. No doubt, green thread would have been better.

In regard to the wheatear, my variation and the Ceylon stitch Karen of Karen South’s Crazy Quilting World has an interesting post showing where she used the herringbone stitch as part of a variation she did on a seam treatment. It’s exciting to see how via the net our ideas can spark each other on to further explorations in our stitching. Thanks for posting about this, Karen!

This post is long but rather short on my own work today. I decided to make a separate post on some more of the sample work I’ve been doing on the variation. Hopefully, that will be ready in the next few days. Right now, I’m looking forward to what Sharon B will have for us as the next TSTC stitch.