I keep mentioning my sampler, so I thought I should talk a little about it.
Essentially, I'm going through the Anchor / Coats 100 Embroidery Stitches book, more or less in order and stitching a row of each stitch that is well suited to rows on a piece of pink and white plaid cotton I got out of the remnants bin at the fabric store up the street. For surface embroidery stitches that aren't well suited to rows - like fishbone stitch and leaf stitch - I've been stitching a small row of appropriate motifs. I'll be skipping the drawn fabric and most of the canvas embroidery stitches since I'm not using an appropriate background fabric for it. I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to do any of the drawn thread and insertion stitches on this piece or not, I think they might look better stitched with cotton and I'm using crewel wool from my stash. Besides I could do another sampler of drawn fabric, drawn thread and insertion stitches - for that matter, using insertion stitches, I could even insert a canvas panel if I wanted to.
At any rate, it is somewhat inspired by a child's sampler vest stitched on a piece of ticking from one of Erica Wilson's books.
I'm stitching it in the currently somewhat trendy colors of brown and pink. I really like the look of brown and pink, but I suspect that it won't take very long before anything I make in brown and pink looks dated. I don't want to stitch anything that's going to look dated by the time I finish it, but it's fun to work with colors you like. I figured there is nothing wrong with a sampler looking dated, in fact, I rather like the idea of making a sampler that will clearly look like it is from the time when it was made.-----
The stitch this week for Take A Stitch Tuesday was Buttonhole, which was good timing for me because I was on the buttonhole section on my sampler and hadn't been making a lot of progress. I'd been making very slow progress on a row of Up and Down Buttonhole stitch (the purpley-blue row in the photo) for weeks. It's a really nice looking stitch, but not one I find very interesting to stitch for some reason. However, I made myself finish it and went on to do 2 hearts, one with a single buttonhole bar and one with a double buttonhole bar (sorry no photo); a flower, and 2 small lines of Buttonhole Stitch with a Picot.
I hadn't actually unrolled my sampler to look at it as a whole until this week when I was cutting out the hearts. I'm really happy with how it looks. I would however, not recommend cutting out buttonhole sections until the piece is done, it does make it a little harder to get the right tension. But I was impatient to see how it would look.
I don't have a closeup, but I really liked how the double buttonhole bar with contrasting colors worked out.-----
A front view of a detail of the Herringbone Stitch from my Hamsa project. Although it's hard to tell from the photo, the lavender stitching is a reversed herringbone similar to shadow work, not running stitch. DMC floss on cotton muslin.
Rear view of the same. x
Herringbone stitch and threaded herringbone stitch on my stitch sampler (crewel wool on cotton), stitched late last year.
So, the challenge is supposed to be Take A Stitch Tuesday, but the stitch this week was Herringbone and I've been thinking about designing a Hamsa/Hand of Fatima using herringbone stitch, and inspiration just hit...
I'm really happy with it so far, but I do not have time to design and stitch a project a week, so I hope future inspiration is more in the form of playfulness, not design!-----
On her great stitchery blog, in a minute ago, SharonB has proposed the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge, where each week we experiment with a new stitch. Since experimentation is the core of my interest in stitchery (hence my boredom with predominantly cross-stitch and satin stitch projects), this is right up my alley and I'll be trying to keep up.
I'm looking forward to it!-----