Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TAST- week 3 ~ Feather stitch

Better late than not at all. I did this little piece yesterday.  I used a variegated green crochet thread, and as I was working on the stitch, I thought these little plants I was making looked kind of like the asparagus ferns that grow all over the place in my gardens. They have thorns that you don’t see until it is too late, as in you feel them first, and they have these little red berries. They are hard to get rid of as they have really ‘hang on tight’ to the earth tubers that run underground.  They are pretty and lacy looking though and that’s why I got them in the first place.

So, here is my rendition of the feather stitch.


Today the next stitch should be posted and I look forward to seeing what that one is going to be.

I’m putting my stitch samples in a photo album that I got for free in with some craft goodies. There are three sleeves to a side and I’ve plenty of pages to take care of the whole year. 


Happy TASTing.

FlowerLady Lorraine

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Latest on embroidery work in progress

We had some ‘cold’ to us days last week, so I enjoyed working on my embroidered heart,  using new stitches learned. I’ve got to do some more to make the lines between flowers like in a crazy quilt, and add beads too. I really love working on this piece.


Happy Creating whatever your medium ~ FlowerLady

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A new stitch for a new piece

I have been so inspired by all the stitchers work that I am seeing at Stitchin’ Fingers and with the TAST 2012 project, that I dream about beads, wake up in the wee hours thinking about embroidering, beads, crocheting, tatting, etc.

I visited Ina’s website because she has some great tutorials for using different stitches.  Her peacock really inspired me and I want to try that too, although not on this piece.  Most of you know I love roses, and when I saw what she did with a buttonhole knot stitch to create roses I had to give them a try.  I made a practice one, then decided to add one to the piece I just started this morning.

I wanted to embroider another heart so here is the start of this next project. I used the blanket stitch to tack it down to the background fabric. The drawn lines are there because I’m going to make this another sort of ‘crazy quilt’ design.  The heart size is about 3 1/4” by 4”.


Here is a close-up of the rose and leaves. When I finished I was pleased and felt happy. Learning something new and having it come out half way decent is wonderful.

The size of the rose with leaves is 1 1/2” x 3/4”.


That’s it for now. Time to think about fixing supper.  Already have the beef in the crockpot that smells wonderful. I’ll fix mashed potatoes and some fresh carrots cooked somehow.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

Saturday, January 14, 2012

More fly and button hole stitch

I’ve been so inspired by all the stitchery going on for TAST 2012, that I had to do another piece.  I cut out a rose from a piece of lace, then used the button hole or blanket stitch to tack it down to background, then used the fly stitch in sections of the rose, and as the outer leaves.  It was fun practice and gave me ideas too.


I really enjoy working ‘small’ and this photo album fits the bill for this weekly challenge. There are three spaces per side of each page. I look forward to seeing what this week’s stitch will be.


Happy TASTING ~ FlowerLady

Thursday, January 12, 2012

TAST ~ First and second stitches

Good morning Folks ~ Being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t get the first stitch done last week. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed because I had wanted to make a cover piece too. So, I decided to combine it all and the results are below.

I used Perle cotton, embroidery floss, and variegated tatting thread. Fly stitches the first stitch for us this year, make up the ferns. There are LOTS of ferns in our gardens. The fly stitch is also used for the flowers, the butterfly and the sun. The buttonhole or blanket stitch (which I need to work on), is the border. I also used the basic straight stitch and French knots.


If there are any of you out there who wish to learn embroidery stitches this is a great way to do so. There are over 500 participants last I read, from all over the world.

Please go to TAST to check it out.

This was fun, once I got going and I look forward to seeing what next week’s stitch will be. My samples will all be the same size to fit into a photo album.

If you got to the comment section of each new stitch from the TAST project, you will see all of the links for how people have used these stitches creatively. It is amazing and very inspiring to say the least.

Happy needle working.