Following up

May 7, 2007

I did a few things I’d been thinking about this week and followed up on some of the suggestions I received from comments in the last post. Thank you Sharon b and Celeste for these great ideas! Wish I could have carried them out more perfectly, but it’s a start.

I’d used the Cretan stitch as a grid, Sharon b mentioned trying a chevron stitch. Looking at the stitch suggested a number of options for filling it in with a weave or whip. Here’s the one I tried.


Celeste mentioned a great way to do carnations and I love flowers. I don’t think I managed carnations! But it’s like when I’m outside in the woods or fields, I recognize flowers when I see them even if I don’t know what they are. On this embroidery I don’t know what I’ve stitched, but I’m sure they’re flowers.


Some more work on diamond and square wheels


Sharon b also suggested using a chain stitch as a grid for woven leaves. I had to try that, too.


And this was one of my ideas that worked out very differently than I expected.  The picture doesn’t really show that the second red loop is like the first and has the little open center. I’m going to be playing around with this idea a little more. It seems like there might be some potential for an interesting border. If any one has more ideas for me, please let me know; I’d sure have fun experimenting.


Back to wheels…

May 5, 2007

at least for the most part. While playing with lines I kept thinking about using a Cretan stitch for a grid. Finally, tried it! Here are a few of those attempts.




I wanted to take that over to the wheel concept. The Cretan stitch can follow a curve, even if I have a problem making it do that.



Here is another trial without any Cretan stitches, practice curves.


The bead just wouldn’t take as many threads as I wanted to feed through it. I had to settle for a semicircle. But I had a lot of fun with this and called it my blue sunset.


I had to try a flower. It’s not a wheel, but at least it is a small arc. A little weak, but I could see it blowing in the strong spring winds we’ve been having in the central valley the last few days.

Between Knobby and Tangled

May 4, 2007

Where are the wheels? I got so wrapped up in whipping and weaving that I left the wheels behind. I learned a lot from my tests so perhaps I’ll be making better wheels from now on.

Here is the knobby profile


At the right end (in photo above/the top of next photo) I stopped pulling the thread tight to the cloth and left little loops. The highest knob is a double loop. Then I wove a thread back and forth through the loops; they stood upright. Hard for me to catch in a picture but very interesting. I wish I had time to make about ten of these lines scrunched together and overlapping.

tstc18dtagline.png  a look straight down on the same line

trials in grid placement and type of whipping

whipped over


whipped under




the tangles


Square wheels and a mitten

May 3, 2007

These are more attempts at wheels. But done on a cross stitch grid, they look pretty square or rectangular.


They are all whipped — some are whipped over (left) and some are whipped under (right). The shadows on the left give some indication of how much height is gained when whipping over. And the effect looking straight down on the top is similar to the woven, but you don’t have to be concerned with having an odd number of spokes.

Here are some more shapes on a cross stitch grid. The long blue-purple curve is a straight stitch grid where the first and last wrap was whipped over and the middle was whipped under. It produced and interesting texture and is one of my planned experiments when I have a few minutes later.


This sample shows trials like my half and half idea from yesterday, part whipped over and part whipped under on the same grid. The orange thread is whipped over in the middle and whipped under around the edge. The blue-purple, the reverse.


Next is a buttonhole grid for the yellow-green thread. The inner part of the curve is woven, the outer edge whipped under. I forgot to grab beads on my way out the door this morning. So not much practice on that idea yet.


Now the mitten! Another idea about woven and whipped combined. Well, I don’t know what happened to the thumb. But I gave up on the idea of making a pair, in a hurry.


Half and Half

May 2, 2007

Half and half, meaning half milk and half cream, is a common product descriptor in my job where we deal with milk carton art. And my samples are half and half, part woven and part, whipped.


I also decided to try a wheel with part woven and part whipped

tstc18bhandhctrwhipped.png the center whipped

tstc18bhandhctrwoven.png the center woven

Below the grid is whipped with red and I tried switching sides as I whipped, too. Not very successfully, that idea needs to be abandoned or else it needs more work! This also seemed too much like a buttonhole stitch. Perhaps I could try a buttonholed curved line and then whip or weave that. The yellow threads are just couched.


I seem to be getting off to a slow start on working with wheels this week. I learned one more thing that didn’t work well. Here it is.


Yesterday, I was worried about how to make the curved line (below) work if was was a longer line. I thought I’d try running the grid lines the other way (horizontally in the picture above) and then weave. Not good, unless you want jagged edges on the curves!

TSTC Week 18: The Whipped and Woven Wheels

May 1, 2007

The TSTC stitches from Sharon b for this week are whipped and woven wheels. She has a wonderful introduction. There are so many ideas to get us jump started that I hardly could make up my mind what to try first. And what a great tip for attaching beads in the introduction.

Here are my first few woven samples. I’m going to try whipped today.

I started out with two semi circles.

first tstc18aodd.png second tstc18aeven.png

No, somehow they did not work well for me. I decided I had to have a more gradual curve. Here’s my attempt. The texture is nice and is raised off the cloth, but I’m not quite sure about managing the thread I was weaving in and out if the grid had been longer as for instance in a border.


Next I tried a grid where some of the weaving was not supported by a grid but wrapped around. This is a little hard to see but I’m please with the texture. It’s definitely is not a photo-friendly line for an amateur like me.

the grid tstc18acurvetightgrid.png
and then the weave


If you think I’m off rhythm in posting this week, you are correct. My boss is on vacation. That means early I’m off to work before there is good light for photos outside. I think this is going to be a challenging week stitch wise for me and I’m looking forward to it.