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09/23/07

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Categories: Canvaswork / Needlepoint

Shisha Stitch and Cabled Chain Stitch - TAST Weeks 35 & 36

Shisha and Cabled Chain StitchesHere 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.

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Categories: Background

Crested Chain Stitch and Scroll Stitch - TAST Week 32 and 33

Crested Chain Stitch SampleIn 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.

Scroll Stitch SamplesI'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.

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Categories: Free-style Embroidery

Draw Something Every Day - Week 2

It's the second week of Draw Something Every Day! So, far I've managed to draw every day - which I would not have without the challenge, so I'm really happy about that!

My favorite drawing for the previous week is this rather simple one:
box model layouts

I like it not for any technical or design reasons but because it clearly illustrates the two layout ideas I was thinking about. Since drawing is not my art form, only something that supports my other work, being able to draw out my ideas is very important to me.

How did other people do this week? What are your favorite drawings? And don't forget, it's never to late to start!

09/20/07

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Categories: Background

Bullion, Sheaf, Arrowhead, Buttonhole Wheel, Cast-On Stitches - TAST Weeks 27-31

July TAST stitches in blue

In the last couple days I've been doing TAST catch up. I've added Bullion Knot, Sheaf Stitch, Arrowhead Stitch, Buttonhole Wheel, and Cast on Stitch to my sampler piece. I decided I needed more blue thread for this and had fun adding blues to my stash too! The shimmery buttonhole wheel on the left is DMC rayon and the one on the right is DMC metallics. It's interesting how similar the effects of the two fibers are, but the rayon is a joy to stitch, particularly compared to any metallic!

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09/18/07

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Categories: Canvaswork / Needlepoint

Portuguese Stem Stitch - TAST Week 34

Flower stem in Portuguese Stem StitchHere's a sample I did in a timely manner, but didn't get posted. I'd done Portuguese Stem Stitch previously (in fact, I used it for the border of the largest cup in my Coffee Cups piece); however this example is the first time I've used it with the wraps so close together that it forms an almost even line - unfortunately, it didn't photograph as well as I would have liked.

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