Thursday, January 10, 2013

Stitch 9: Fly Stitch

On this part of the dress I decided to use fly stitch using 1 strand DMC 340 and 1 strand DMC 744. I am actually a little confused about this pattern and why the dress is like this in the front. LOL! Humm...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Stitch 8: Outline Stitch

For the hair I almost messed up completely. I had started using some french knots with some split stitches, well, that wasn't looking good to me so I started taking those stitches out. Oh boy, I accidently nipped my fabric while cutting those french knots out.
I was almost devestated cause I knew if I had to start all over again, I would probably just not continue. I didn't want to do that so I thought I will try to use a stitch that will cover over that nick in the fabric. So I chose to do outline stitch for the hair. I am really pleased with the result. The first photo shows how I done short outline stitches to give direction. Then finished it by connecting the two sides together.
I love the results and had to do it with 2 strand of DMC floss instead of 1 to cover over that mistake I made in nipping the fabric I am thinking it would have looked better just using 1 strand but I wanted to cover that nip in the fabric and plus I wanted to give highlight by using the 2 different colors.. I used 1 strand of DMC 300 and 1 strand of DMC 434.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Stitch 7: Detached Chain

For the Detached Chain stitch I used DMC 471 , 3 strands.

Stitch 6: Whipped Backstitch

For this stitch I used #8 Perle Cotton and DMC 340, 3 strands. I done the backstitch first using yellow perle cotton , then whipped it using a violet DMC floss. There is a link at the side of the page that will take you to the stitchmap group if you would be interested in joining the fun. We have several different classes that run at different times. Join the group and get signed up for what classes you would like to take.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stitch 5: French Knots

And the next stitch is French Knots.I used #5 Perle Cotton thread.
 I now have 5 different stitches used so far. I can't believe it takes me so long to stitch. Just this little bit posted today took me most of the afternoon. Oh, well, it is what it is.
I hope I can make some more progress on this tomorrow.

Stitch 4: Buttonhole

I chose to do the flowers in Buttonhole Stitch. The colors chosen look really good with the Background fabric I will be using for this project. Starting in the upper right side I used 2 strands of YLI Silk Thread.
On the left I used 2 strands of YLI Silk Thread.Going down on the right I used #5 Perle Cotton 818.
On the left I used DMC 518, 2 Strands. Down below that one I used DMC 335, 3 strands. To the right I used Finca #12 3822. Left flower Perle #5 335.
Of course all the Perle threads were only 1 strand.

Stitch 2 :Stem Stitch 3: Satin with Backstitch

After spending a big part of the morning deciding on which threads to use and where, I started getting some more of my stitches done. I used DMC 935, 2 strands for the Stem Stitched vine.

For the leaf pedals I used DMC 471, 2 strands and done a backstitch outlining each pedal and then Satin Stitched over that.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Stitch 1- Backstitch

In my Stitchmap group I am a member of, we were taking a class in Redwork. At the end of the class we get to choose a pattern and use any color we want , but we have to work it in the stitches we learned in the Redwork class. So I am beginning to work on the Girl and Arbor. I enlarged the photo big enough to fit really well on a 9x9 piece of my handdyed fabric.
I made a copy of the pattern and have written down exactly what stitch I am going to use and where.
So my first stitch I chose is the backstitch for the arbor. I used #8 Perle Cotton 318.
If I have counted them correctly I will be using 12 stitches out of all the stitches that we learned . So I am very proud that I have gotten that many picked out. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Monday, December 31, 2012

So Long Since Last Post

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted. I am hoping to get some things accomplished this coming year. I do have some things I plan on posting soon. I am going to use this blog for all my creative journeys, instead of having two different blogs. So I want to wish you all a very Happy New Years! Hope 2013 brings you much creative journeys.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Chikan Embroidery Lessons 1 & 2

Over on Artisticfingers, Anita is teaching us how to do Chikan Embroidery. Below are the first two lessons. I don't know the name of the muslin I used. I know it is a cotton muslin, but don't know who made it. I used DMC floss and used the number of strands that was told to use in the lesson. I almost forgot to get a picture of lesson 1, that is why that little part , chain stitch is in the first photo. All the tear drops were done in the double back stitch.(Bakhya; Bakhiya or Bakhia in Indian)

I really like how doing the double chain stitch , makes the closed herringbone stitch. That's too cool!

And here is the photo after Lesson 2. Lesson 2 we done chain stitch, ( Janjira in Indian) and stem stitch ( Rahet in Indian) . I am trying to learn the Indian names of these embroidery stitches. I also noticed that it looked as if it was Trapunto after I done the double back stitch. Is that normal or did I pull the threads too tight?

I hope Anita will critique my stitching. I know that honest critique will only improve my stitching.