"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I've been stitching.

Just in case you thought I'd taken a break from my stitching, I thought I'd better post some photos of what I've been doing. Since joining Stitchin Fingers, I've been enjoying the process of re-learning traditional embroidery stitches, and how to do variations of them. I've used a large piece of Aida for my sampler, which is really just a working piece, not a decorative sampler as such. This shows what I learned in the first three weeks: Herringbone, Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch, and Detached Chain/Lazy Daisy. The Buttonhole stitching looks ratty because I used stranded cotton instead of pearl or another more robust thread. But that is the beauty of doing an ongoing workshop or course - you learn by your mistakes.

The fourth week was Cretan Stitch. I could not get my head around this one for days! After studying numerous needlecraft books and internet sites, I managed to figure it out. Certainly not a favourite stitch though, as you can probably tell. I did as little as I thought was necessary to show I'd learnt it, then gave up!

The three rows at the foot of this show I've done tonight - Week 5's stitch - Chevron Stitch...and I've just noticed a mistake - oh pooh.


Miss 376 said...

I found the Cretan Stich hard. Just as I thought I knew how to do it, I'd lose it and it was like starting all over again. I am enjoying the whole process though. Still got this weeks to do

Pear tree cottage! said...

Gina, the stitching looks fine to me I have looked and looked without finding your error...(smiles)

I just wanted to drop in to tell you I have been so sick the past week that doc on Monday was going to put me in hospital (no way!)....gave me a puffer and more anibiotics the infection in my lungs is bad. BUT.....I feel I am starting to get a little better between coughing fits!....and temp rising! anyway love to you both.

Susan said...

I didn't think the buttonhole looked ratty. You did some interesting variations in shape. I don't find the cretan hard to do, but I find it the most boring and ugly stitch. Your variations look fine. I almost never use that one!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Your stitching samples look great, and I love the butterfly in your previous post.

The Lone Beader said...

Cool! I like the colours! :)

I've been doin' some stitchin' too... ;)

Chelle said...

You're creating a great little sampler! I love the bright, cheery colors.

Gina E. said...

Dear Stitching Friends, thank you all for your kind remarks on my work. Susan, I tend to agree with you; I don't think Cretan is a very attractive stitch either. I didn't think of that before; just knew I don't like doing it!
Lee-ann, I'll talk to you soon.
LB and Chelle - I've been selecting the colours at random from all my left-over threads from old kits etc. and I'm rather pleased with the bright appearance myself!