Stitch Explorer challenge for November

The challenge for this month is to combine two or more of the embroidery styles of your choice in one piece. The idea is to think out or the box 

For instance combine needleweaving and chicken scratch, or Pattern darning and found objects or Asissi and laid work patterns.

These are just a few ideas but the combinations and possibilities are endless.  

Lately I have been exploring stitching a small cloth that I originally patchworked together then taking the silhouettes of a leaf shapes stitched in the negative space like you would in Assisi embroidery. Only this time I worked off the grid and stitches are definitely not evenweave stitches.   

I am still working on the piece so I will see how it develops. 

Note: If you click on the images it will take you to a larger photo

How to participate in the stitch explorer challenge

Stitch some samples that push this embroidery style

Blog it or put images somewhere online where people can see them. If you use flickr send them to the Stitchexplorer group

Come back to this post and leave a comment with your web address in it so that people can visit and see what you have done.

Note if when you leave a comment, if you fill in the form with your URL, it means that when people click on your name they will be taken to your blog.

Have fun with this months challenge!


 

Stitch Explorer challenge for October

Last month was a time to play catch up so I hope all are looking forward to the challenge for this month. This month I would like people to look at stitches that have laidwork foundations.

Sometimes laidwork is listed under filling stitches such as the case in Mary Webb’s Embroidery stitches.

As I was doing a bit of research on this I discovered the ANG has a very good article on different laidwork foundation patterns.

 

Patterns can be developed and built up by couching the laid threads in a manner that the couching threads form a pattern. This is the basis of Or Nue where the laid threads were gold and the couching threads in a contrasting colour are worked in a design to form patterns.

A contemporary term is pattern couching and it hints at a more adaptive technique as the ANG  point out pattern couching can be done in all sorts of threads, from thick bubbly wool to fine silk.  earlier this year the ANG explored Diagonal Pattern couching 

Some very complex patterns and textures can be built up using this technique. Plaited stitch builds into a woven texture.

As you can see I started to experiment with this style and… ummm…clears throat in an embarrassed manner  before admitting the beads took over.

No matter, I hope you find inspiration in the links and enjoy exploring what can be done with laidwork this month.

How to join in

Stitch some samples that push this embroidery style

Blog about what you have done or put images somewhere online where people can see them. If you use flickr send them to the Stitchexplorer group

Come back to this post and leave a comment with your web address in it so that people can visit and see what you have done.

Note if when you leave a comment, if you fill in the form with your URL, it means that when people click on your name they will be taken to your blog.


 

Visit stitch explorer

Pop over and visit stitch explorer on flickr as since it is catch up month and some great pattern darning and stitching is being done. Make a cuppa and settle down to browse for some inspiration.

Also on the same topic of pattern darning, over on Needleprint there is an interesting illustrated article on Pattern darning and shawls