November 5, 2007
I got side tracked earlier last week with a comment from Nancilyn at What Bloggles my Mind. She asked a simple question, “do you realize your drizzle to drizzles technique is akin to scrumbling?” I had no idea about the techniques for scrumbling but I’d loved the pictures I’d seen of scrumbling, a free-form crochet. Knitting may be used, too. Nancilyn laid a very convincing case before me to explore it. Using some great links she provided, I have been doing just that. There is nothing like have a generous and knowledgeable guide. Thank you, Nancilyn!
Freeform Crochet is the international guild and will get you started if you’re interested and haven’t explored the subject yet. Please don’t miss their links for Prudence Mapstone and Margaret Huber among others. Sharon b has done very informative posts on the subject: here, here (mentions the drizzle stitch as working well with scrumbling), here, here (briefly), here, here, here. And I love the work Nancilyn has done, too (click on the categories “free form crochet and knitting” and “scrumbling” for more posts).
I’ve been spending odd moments with my crochet hook and laughing as strange things come tumbling out. I’m sure my grandmother who so patiently taught me would have something to say about scrumbling. She had a rare sense of Vermont humor and was almost always able to rise to any occasion with fitting words.
The Zig zag Spanish knotted stitch
I got back to more serious exploration with the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch on Saturday. Here are the results.
Informal corners and borders added to what I had done earlier in the week.
Back “on grid”
November 3, 2007
In the past few days, I forgot about the zig zags I was suppose to be making when I stitched the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch. So while at times I kept on track at other times I wandered. I was so intent on my experiments that I completely lost focus on the limitations I wanted to impose. Sometimes we cringe when we hear the word “limitations”. I actually find these kinds of limitations to be useful and a challenge rather than a burden.
I want to go back and start exploring the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch with renewed vigor. I don’t think it yields all the profit it could when I lose a part of it as I have in some of these samples. My only hope is that I’ll come back to it with a fresh outlook.
I’ve notice that a real danger for me is that I’m so ready to experiment, I don’t allow the regular pattern of the stitch to be fully explored. When that happens I miss out and it makes the experimenting more expensive than I desire. I must strive to keep a balance between knowing the stitch for itself and experimenting with the stitch to find out all that would be useful and where it’s limitations are.
Well, so much for using up my post on self-reflection; this belongs in my journal instead. On to the samples.
Lines “on grid”
The sample above is picked up and used on some of the “off grid” work, too.
Lines “off grid”
November 2, 2007
This week my work with the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch has been rather lack luster compared to the drizzle stitch last week. But I’ve just been plodding along with it and last night I came up with something new. Definitely not a Spanish knotted stitch, however. I’m going to do a little more looking around before I post it. I have a feeling it may be some stitch we tackled earlier in the year. Nevertheless it sparked up my stitching, again. Oh, yes, and a few new beads helped, too.
The following is what actually happened in the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch trials.
If there is such a thing as a detached zig zag Spanish knotted stitch, perhaps these in the green thread could qualify. The purple is just threading in and out around the circle.
Off topic–playing with my new beads.
October 31, 2007
I’m posting some variations with the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch in my samples today. This stitch has lots of places to tweak and I’ve been having fun doing just that.
The exaggerated knot and the tiny loops make this line of stitching very flat. The green thread is laced under each loop.
In the following sample as I stitched whatever came to mind, I began to draw the loop under the knot and around and under the previous loop (top area of sample). This gives a wider opening to the loop. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I like the look. As I have time I’ll be testing this idea in more samples.
This next sample shows diagonal knots making the points sharper on the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch. This is the plain unembellished version. I need to see if I’ve reverted to some other stitch by changing the angle of the knots. Even so, I may take time to dress it up and see how it handles lacing and threading.
Below is an “off grid” experiment. I won’t begin to tell you all I tried here. I’ll take some of the ideas to “on grid” fabric and test. If they perform well, I’ll post those trials before the week is out.
And a very simple fill that I liked with an arced line of stitching.
October 31, 2007
I did some “off grid” samples with curves that are showing up in today’s posting. I had to draw in the curves to even begin to get the placement right. I need more practice in judging the midway point. Of course, I could haul out my protractor or compass and mark it out.
Here is another attempt at curves using three lines and some interlacing between them. I used two threads together as I stitched the final line over everything. The gentler angles seem to work better with this stitch but I’ve some ideas ahead that I have yet to test.
Here is one idea that I did put to the test. In this sample the knot is longer than the diagonal chain stitches. I actually hated the results and tried to rescue the homely thing by adding the almost half eyelets. I see some good possibilities for more experiments with that idea.
A further embellishment to a sample from yesterday’s post is below. I experimented with another way to wrap threads.
October 29, 2007
This week SharonB has assigned the zig zag Spanish knotted stitch for exploration. Since Sharon posted this early I’m sure most visitors here have already read her great step-by-step introduction to the stitch in the TSTC post of October 24. I’ve already seen some very nice work with this stitch up on various blogs as well as in flickr.
I’m off to a slow start on this stitch. It took me a while to get use to it’s rhythm. But once I caught on I found it behaves nicely. All my experiments in today’s post are very straight forward.
My thanks to JoWynn at Parkview 616 for recently mentioning to me the idea of straight stitches as a fills in a chain stitch.
Weaving around the knots. This sample has given me the most concern because the woven thread is held by the knot. I need to find a better way to make everything hold together and increase the stability. But I love the way it looks and don’t want to compromise that either.
Here is another sample of weaving and this one is very stable. I wove extra threads between the loops of the Spanish knotted stitch.
Couching three threads placed side by side.
I sharpen the angles of the zig zags in this sample, then I wrapped the lime green thread and added the one loop drizzle stitches.