With this post being the last in the series I feel that some sort of finish line has been met and deserves a detail that is a little different. It feels like an end of an era!
This is a small sampler I worked on hand dyed 36 count linen fabric. It is 6 inches wide and heavily encrusted with beads. Metallic thread, linen, cotton, wool and silk thread of various weights was used throughout the piece.
Novelty threads were first couched into place. I then worked lines of feather stitch in a number of different threads. I also worked beaded feather stitch and tucked alternating barred chain in between couched threads.
Textured stitches include caston stitch , buttonhole wheel cups, buttonhole wheels, Oyster stitches, French knots and Bullion knots. For those who have problems with bullion stitches I have some tips for working bullion stitch here
There is a new blogger who has started working the details but the title of the blog is a mystery to me as it is in an Asian language I do not understand. The pictures are there though so do check them out.
Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has highlighted the self portrait she made in stumpwork.
Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations has been stitching and has published images
I nearly missed the cherry tree outline that Katie of Katie’s New place has loaded as part of her motif a day series.
Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has generously published a Christmas bell motif
Rissa of Rissas Pieces has published a design for a very ornate alphabet
Since this is the last post in the series I know that tomorrow I will feel a little lost as I scratch around wondering what to write about but it is timely to remind everyone about the “Take a Stitch Tuesdays” challenge next year. With a start date of January 2nd 2007 this challenge will be a weekly event organised to encourage people to take a stitch and explore its possibilities. Each week I am going to work a stitch and experiment with it, and blog the results. What does it look like worked in different threads? What happens when you change the size? How does it behave on a curve or can it be stacked to create patterns? What happens if you work it in a free form manner? What are the inherent design possibilities of this stitch? Anyone who wants to join in and blog their discoveries is welcome.
Exploration and interpretation of stitches and how they might be used is the aim of this challenge so you can stitch on anything you choose, anyway you choose. People have proposed a number of different formats but a sampler can be in any shape or size you like. A sampler can be in the form of crazy quilt blocks, a fabric postcard, a fabric book or samples for folder of stitches. Colour, format, how much exploration is done is up to each individual.
Commitment to this challenge is flexible. Anyone can join at any time. People can join in and stitch as their life dictates. Each week I will link to who has done what. In other words, as I have done in this series a list of links to current activity will be in the post of the week, which means readers can travel the sites to see what everyone has done. Hopefully it will be fun and if anyone wants to be reminded closer to the time drop me an email or leave a comment and I will add you to the mail out list.
I hope you have found this series interesting. It has been most enjoyable for me watching what people have done, seeing how ideas grow and most of all seeing new hands become hooked on stitching for pleasure.
If you are just swinging by, a search engine has landed you here, or you want to print out this series 100 details for 100 days they are listed under that category in this blog.