Starting at 6am tomorrow, July 25th, I will be participating in Blogathon to support the Embroiders' Guild of America. I've set up a blog just for this at Selfless Stitching where I will be posting a blog post every half hour. Please come visit and if I inspire you to donate to the EGA, I'd appreciate your sponsorship!
I haven't shown any of my progress on Diamond Iris since the first petal, but it's now all done except for part of the outer boarder filling. If you look closely, you can see the empty border and single and double running stitch. I'd like to try the double running stitch on another project using a thread with a less subtle color variation.
I taught this project as a class for CyberPointer at the May and July meetings. (The later ended yesterday.) Since I was writing addendum to the instructions, my commentary on the project all ended up there, not here. If I get motivated, I'll mine the instructions for good blog commentary; but honestly, it probably won't happen.
A few of my students have posted progress on their blogs (here and here) and I'm looking forward to seeing more as time goes on. (Like maybe here) NOTE TO STUDENTS: If I missed your blog, please leave a comment so I can check it out!
Cyberstitchers, my EGA group, have been discussing making non-counted biscornu using the usual overcast edge seam. I decided to try using a pattern template so I could do a Brazilian Embroidery biscornu.
Between Friday evening and Saturday, I designed and stitched up my first biscornu. It went pretty well, although drawing in all the stitches (even with a template) seemed time consuming. In reality, it probably didn't take any more time than counting would have. You can't see it very well in the pictures, but I added a bead to the end of each drizzle stitch, which really helped visually define the ends and the fact that these are only attached to the fabric on one end.
Side 1 - inspired by Jenny Hart / Sublime Stitching's Free Fireworks Pattern
Side 2 (before adding the drizzles)
Two weeks ago I got to go to the Brazillian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild seminar. Between work and being sick, I didn't get to attend the whole thing, but I took part in two workshops and got to just hang out a little bit as well. It was a lot of fun, and I'm going to make sure to get the week off next year so I can participate in everything.
As a member of the cyberchapters of both the EGA and ANG, I don't have a lot of occasions to wear a chapter nametag, so I was thinking that it would be nice to have a nametag that would somehow be useful for our virtual meetings too.
As a new chapter CyberPointers has just come up with a nametag design and since I'm on the Education Committee I got a chance to try the pattern out early. I have the very bad habit of using my clothes as my pincushion, so I decided to finish my nametag as a mattress pincushion. Although the pattern is designed for canvas, I stitched my nametag on linen and left the background unstitched.
My friend Valorie predicts that other members will want to copy this, so here's how I did it.
I'd never made a mattress pin cushion before, so I checked out a bunch of different web sites for directions. Mainly I followed the diagrams given in http://verom.canalblog.com/archives/2006/11/16/3182816.html (in French and which for some reason my html won't validate when I link to it), and used this tutorial to fill-in when I needed more help.
I stitched a running stitch around the outside of the front piece, and then made an identical sized back. For the side, I stitched a narrow piece with the same number of running stitches as it took to go around the front on each side. I used a feather stitch to decorate the side piece.
From somewhere (and I wish I remembered where so I could give them the credit they deserve), I got the idea of putting a magnet in the pin cushion so that you can use it to sweep for missing pins. I used a magnet I'd salvaged from an old shower curtain. I stitched a medium size safety pin on the back of the nametag, so it can be pinned on, or attached by putting another magnet under your shirt or jacket. Also, I didn't have any interfacing, but I did have WonderUnder, so I made my own interfacing of the batting I used for the filling.