Wednesday, February 26, 2014
There is a large section on bead embroidery stitches, including 15 counted thread stitches as well as 11 bead embroidery stitches. As you would expect from the Royal School of Needlework, the stitches are beautifully diagrammed and illustrated with clear photographs.
There are 12 surface embroidery stitches which will be great for crazy quilt seam treatments and motifs.
Also you will find a large section on edging and fringing stitches!
There is some lovely eye candy within the book of examples of the various techniques - lots to inspire you!
So, I am very happy I bought this one and give it five thumbs up!
Monday, February 24, 2014
The pattern is from the eighties as far as I can tell and the project looked to be the same age - the masking tape binding was so brittle it shattered to the touch. But, I felt compelled to finish the stitching since everything was there.
The picture as a whole didn't appeal to me but the individual cats did. So, once it was finished I decided to cut it apart and made more ATCs to send away. You can likely see my pencil marks Hopefully these kitties will be enjoyed in their new homes now!
I'll keep you posted as I finish these as ATCs.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
handpainted fabric with the blackwork tree. The one I received here is from Nancy - thank you Nancy! It is all beautifully stitched with satin stitch in the background and the trees are very free form and realistic. I can't wait to take it to guild meeting tomorrow and show it off.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
The kit for this one was another thrift store find - couple bucks - gotta love it. With my new stash busting regime if I buy it I have to do it so here it is. With my love of all things shiny I have to admit I was drawn to it.
There were new stitches to try with this - some I loved, some not so much so.
Now the thing is that there is a lot of threads left as well as lots of canvas... so I think I'll try to make another ornament, a variation on the theme, and then there will likely still be threads and canvas left so it will be ATCs from that! I'll keep you posted.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
This is my postcard I have just sent off for the EAC Virtual Threads postcard challenge and exchange.
Here is the picture provided for inspiration in making the postcard a lovely photo of trees in Alaska taken by Sue Thomas.
I started with linen and painted it with watercolour pencils and paints. I don't paint so I was pretty pleased with myself that it worked as well as it did.
I added a blackwork tree as my focal point of the card, using a free pattern from Mary Corbett's Needle n' Threads blog.
Lesson learned from this: it is very difficult to count threads once you have filled up all the holes with paint! All in all, I am happy with the way it all turned out and will take part in further postcard challenges if I get the chance.