Last week, I went to the Northwest Quilt Show, here in Portland. Although I do do some quilting, my main interest was in attending two embroidery workshops: Experience Africa - African Folklore Embroidery and Introduction to Sashiko.
They were both excellent and I quite enjoyed both techniques. Experience Africa was taught by Leora Raikin of African Folklore Embroidery. She is an amazing teacher and the technique combines pretty much everything I like about embroidery. I'll write more about it when I get some more work done on my sampler.
My second workshop, Introduction to Sashiko was taught by Becky Scellato of The Shibori Dragon. Sashiko is a Japanese decorative hand quilting technique done in running stitches with a soft thick cotton yarn on multiple layers of fabrics (sometimes single layers are used when it is only for decorative purposes.) This is a fun and easy technique that quickly produces beautiful work. I love the thread, it is so soft and it fuzzes as it is sewn and wears, which is part of the style. I've already finished my class sampler, a tea towel.
I had several drawings I liked this week, but several of them I'm not willing to share yet because they represent ideas I'm still working on. So, that made the decision on what to share easy. This little embroidery sample is something I drew on the fabric and then stitched.
I drew everyday this week and I've noticed that my ability to draw what I'm thinking is improving already! How did your week go?
As of today, I am caught up with TAST stitches for the second half of the year! However, there are still seven stitches I need to do from the first half of the year and another four I've stitched but not documented.
Last year my LNG did an EGA Petite Project called Rice Stitch Pincushion/Ornament Color Study. This was a great project for learning about color as well as how versatile Rice Stitch is. (It's also a different variation of Rice Stitch than the above.) If you are an EGA member, I highly recommend purchasing this project or encouraging your LNG to do it.
Today's TAST stitch is reversed buttonhole bar. I had a lot of fun playing with this stitch too. I will definitely use it again! I particularly liked how the woven part stacked when I did multiple layers of it.
Here are my samples of Shisha Stitch and Cabled Chain. The shisha "mirror" is actually cut out portions of an old CD. Following tips I'd picked up from reading various suggestions on the internet, I soaked the CD in hot water and then cut them out with paramedic's shears. I'd tried a slightly different version of Shisha before on faceted stones with no luck, I think the version Sharon B teaches holds better though and I might try that again now.
You can't see it very well, but the cabled chain is two rows of cabled chain side by side in the same color of DMC floss - one in stranded cotton and one in rayon.
In my continuing TAST catch up, here are my Crested Chain Stitch (left) and my Scroll Stitch (right). Crested Chain Stitch was new to me, and I think my sample looks like it, but that's the point of this. I had trouble keeping the coral knots lined up with the chain stitches on the curve. If I were to do it again, I might mark the coral stitches on the curve. I may experiment with stacking rows of crested chain stitch in the future.
I'd done scroll stitch before, but only spread out (the thinner line) and I'd pretty much decided I was unlikely to use it because I didn't much like the look of it or stitching it. I like it much better densely packed, both for stitching and the appearance. I didn't try it, but I think it could make an interesting couching stitch done spread out on a zig-zag.