The third set of two tinys!

March 23, 2007

Today is Friday! I stitched at work on my lunch break.

The first is vertical peach Perle 5–oops! that should be Perle 8–lines couched by the triple up and down buttonholes in both three prong and multi prong versions. Many thanks to all of you who are trying out the variation. It’s great to see others coming up with ways to use it.


My next attempt at couching was to use upright cross stitches in dark blue 100/3 to couch some diagonal light blue wool and use the wool between some of the upright cross stitches to couch diagonally intersecting dark blue ribbons. It’s an addition to yesterday’s visible/invisible couching at the top of the photo.


TSTC Week 12: Couching

March 20, 2007

As some of you know and others may have guessed, my blog was down. I only got word from tech folks at the blog this afternoon (USA west coast time) that it has all been straightened out again. And yes, thankfully it was all on their end. I will be catching up with some of the comments that I hesitated to post because of the problems I was seeing. I still have no news about identification. I will be so excited if we have some soon and will post it as soon as we have anything definite.

Over the weekend I did some off grid work to relax and added a little more to a tiny piece that I’d started when we were doing the eyelet stitch.


No! Sharon b did not tip me off that this week was going to be couching. Sharon has written a great introduction to this type of work and given me ideas for things I’ve never tried. I love couching–both fills and lines. And you can see here that I tried a bit of both in lower portion of this. The tiny white stitches on the right are cross stitches; the white stitching on the lower left and center are up and down buttonhole stitches worked on a curve and over lapping the previous row.

I did do some more “off grid” work with the up and down buttonholes, a shrub or branch of some kind. My colors do not match the thought very well, perhaps.

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Then this piece is a throw away except for the fact that at the bottom it lead me back to some “on grid” work again.


Here’s some of the “on grid” work with that thought …tstc11eongridblue2.png

I started off with three prong then moved to multi-prong up and down buttonhole stitches with two different ways of switching from side to side. To cover up the little line forming between the two groups of prongs, I used a straight stitch.

That lead me back to the regular up and down buttonhole stitch (two prongs). I make a grid on the same principle as the first part of the work above. Then I filled in some of the diamond shapes with what I think of as a horizontal queen stitch. … Would that photo look better turned ninety degrees?


A few more trials

March 17, 2007

I’ve been working with the three prong up and down buttonhole idea a bit more. Thank you, if you’ve been working on trying to identify this variation. If you’ve left a comment for me or added a link to your blog about this, thank you very much. I’ll be posting any word about identification.

If by some chance you’re not familiar with Sharon b’s Take a Stitch Tuesdays Challenge, please do take a look around at what’s been going on. There are so many wonderful stitchers involved and producing great pieces each week. Every Tuesday (that Monday in the USA) Sharon writes an introduction to another stitch; and we explore it. There is a flickr account where you can see a great amount of the work all at once. And don’t hesitate to join in if you’re interested, the challenge is very flexible.



In the process of working with three prongs, I thought how easily it could go to a multi-prong. All I did was repeat the middle step using various angles with every one stitched into the middle hole, hidden under the little loop. It makes that middle portion rather like a partial eyelet stitch. The beginning and end are still the same as the up and down buttonhole stitch.



I’m still having fun with the regular up and down buttonhole and tried a fill pattern here. Between the first and second row I used a little upright cross stitch between the gaps. Then I tried to improve it by adding a woven stitches in the gaps. Not an improvement, I think!


Circles, lines and fills

March 16, 2007

I’m getting a bit behind in posting some of these experiments. And then trying to get a couple of them ready, I found errors. The camera see better than my eyes do sometimes! And even then some mistakes still slip through.



A circle based fill.


A line or two



And a fill idea that seems like it could work for couching something, too.


Another line


Playing around a bit more with the three prong…


I want to say thank you to Sharon b for putting out a request to identify this variation. I appreciate her hunting very much. And if you’ve come to help or have already been working on it, my thanks go out to you also.

Step by step on a three prong up and down buttonhole stitch

March 15, 2007

This is a variation that I did while playing around with the up and down buttonhole stitch, this week’s TSTC. The start off…


stepthrough3prong2.png Don’t do this–this is a picture of the start off completed and pulled tight. The reason not to pull it tight right now is because the loop must be a bit loose in order to insert the needle in the right place for the next step. However, I over exaggerated the looseness in this next picture so you could see where I’m putting the needle better.

stepthrough3prong2a.png Here’s that portion completed. stepthrough3prong3.png

The last prong is added…


The completed stitch. stepthrough3prongend.png However, if you are going on with the stitching don’t bring the thread to the back let it travel like this…


Please note, that the tension should be tighter on the loop between the two groups of prongs. I left it loose so it would be clearer where I was inserting the needle.

If you know this stitch by some other name, I would like to learn about it. This is the most complex step by step I’ve attempted with photos. I would welcome feedback on either the pictures or words in order to improve things. Please leave a comment in either case. Thanks!

Follow up: As in the comment below SharonB saw this post and began working help identify the stitch variation. If you haven’t seen her article about it here is a link for you.

Lines, squares and more

March 14, 2007

In a few quieter moments last night these things flew on to the fabric. So much nicer than last week when every stitch seemed to require thought and deliberate effort. But I wouldn’t trade either side. Both the tedious experiments and the off the cuff sessions are valuable. No particular order to the pictures.







TSTC Week 11: Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

March 13, 2007

I think last week’s exercises with the barred chain stitch limbered me up for working with yet another stitch that I avoided last fall. Here we go…


Now the rest of the lines are not shown in the order created. Nor have I tried any of the other great things (like circles, squares, and curves) that are over at Sharon b’s introduction to this stitch, but please do check out what she’s done in presenting this stitch to us. It looks like there is nothing you can’t do with it. I have lots of experiments lurking about in my head; I’m just waiting for a few moments of quiet to stitch. And I did sneak in one variation with three prongs–very fun and easy. And I think in keeping with in the bounds of the stitch.

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tstc11alinee.png !!?Orange?


I forgot to mention if your new to TSTC, please look into it here and consider joining in with a great group of stitchers. If you’re unfamiliar with this stitch see SharonB’s dictionary. She has provided move by move photos that make it clear.