Work in Progress Wednesday and a catch up cuppa

screenshotI don’t have a progress report this week as behind the scenes I  have set up a new Studio art journals flickr group for people interested in studio art journals. Yes, I know … sneaking around behind the scenes being a geeky type person and not doing my stitching. I hope I am forgiven.

The group is for anyone who want to develop their creativity using a studio/visual/art journal sketchbook format. There are lots of types of visual journals and I would like to be inclusive rather than trying to put creative activity into different boxes. The idea is to create a supportive environment in which to share studio/visual/art journal and sketchbook page spreads and to keep creative ideas flowing. We can use the discussion area on flikr to chat about the process of journalling, art supplies, creativity etc.

As well as setting up the flickr group I have been reassessing my blogging goals and practice after I went to the Problogger Event in Queensland. It was such a stimulating event that it takes a while for me to process all the information – no doubt the process of digesting it all will continue. The important thing however is to apply the ideas and doing that takes time! But for what it is worth since my return I have revamped my newsletter and now have flickr group established.

For readers interested in blogging you will find this comprehensive recap of the even by FayAnn of Thousand by Ten Days very useful. Also on the same post FayAnne has snuck a photo of me in. I think I may have lost some weight and somebody washed me as I have definitely shrunk or FayAnne photoshopped me while taking a cuppa!  Thousand by Ten Days is a relatively young blog that celebrates the creative process and FayAnne has a real zest for life. She makes me smile. Make a cuppa and check it out when you have time.

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I am opening up this post for those who use the weekly progress challenge to push them towards completing something.

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

If you have worked a stitching project leave a comment. If you include the http bit of your web address in the comment it will become a link and folks can visit and see what you have done.

Work in Progress Wednesdays (WIP Wednesdays)  is not exactly a challenge as it is more like a support group! The aim is to encourage people to complete  languishing projects or WISPs (Works in Slow Progress) or completing UFOs (unfinished objects) or those in the process of de-stashing. The idea is, that if you regularly report publicly on a project you are more likely to pick it up and work it a little.

 


Take a stitch Tuesday

Last week I posted instructions for 2 stitches so this week is time to work them and catch up if you need the time.

I am opening up this page so that if you have worked a sample from  ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page  tell us about it via the comments.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment.

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Work in Progress Wednesday

Once again I am sharing my stitching progress as promised. I hope folks reading about the process find it  interesting. I always feel hesitant to share a half done crazy quilt block because I leave it until the very end of the process to do the beading and add buttons. I work most of my embroidery first, because if I add beads as I go I have the constant frustration of catching my working thread on beads and buttons! So often a piece looks half done until the end when there is a flourish of beading and it comes together.

Work in Progress  photo As you can see a little progress has been made. If you want to compare my last work in progress report for my hussif was here  I have laid some foundation stitches of herringbone, Arrow stitch, Cretan stitch and plan to add more to these. They are the first layer of multi stitch rows. I am still thinking about them. I have also worked a seam with drooping  flower like things. I worked them using a silk thread that is the same thickness as cotton perle #8 using 15 wraps of cast on stitch. They were slow to work but satisfying.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 129 and 130 Lock and double lock stitch

This week I would like to share with readers a versatile stitch called Lock stitch. There is also a double version. Both are very quick and easy to stitch, look good in range of threads, will follow a curve or worked row up on row make a wonderful filling stitch.
All that, and (don’t worry I am not going to offer you set of knives) there is the obvious use for borders or as an edging stitch. Also because this is a lacing stitch the lacing thread can be a larger novelty thread which can create some interesting effects.

Lock stitch basically consists of a row of vertical straight stitches that are laced.
Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches

Lock stitch step  1Work a row of straight stitches of equal length

Lock stitch step 2The lacing is worked from right to left. Bring your thread out on the right side of the first straight stitch.
Pass the thread the needle under the first stitch from the left with the tip pointing right (as illustrated).Pull the needle under the straight stitch.

Lock stitch step 3Move to the next straight stitch and pass the needle under from the left with the tip pointing towards the right. Pull the thread through. This will lace together the first two foundation stitches.Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.

Lock stitch step  4Continue in this manner along the line of foundation stitches. At the end of the line take your thread to the back of your work.

Lock stitch step  5Double lock stitch

Double lock stitch is simply a line of lacing along the bottom of the foundation stitches and then a line along the top.

lockstitch-6-double
Double lock worked row upon row creates a very interesting and quick filling stitch.

I hope you enjoy these challenge stitches!

How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment.

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