Well, I finished another one. I find that since defining exactly what I want to accomplish with this project I’m finding it easier to excavate the time in my schedule to actually DO it! Some stitches are more difficult than others for this, however. Trying to use them in new ways in figural embroidery rather than just as the geometric lines that I’ve put on my band sampler in the past is a bit more tricky for some stitches than others.
Take Chevron stitch, for example. It’s inherently a line stitch, although I could work it in other geometric patterns, it’s always going to have that very triangular look.
I used it in layers for this piece – for some reason I couldn’t get America the Beautiful out of my head this week, so I used it as inspiration! I’m pretty happy with how it came out, though using this stitch for landscapes probably isn’t something I’ll do on a regular basis. I didn’t use a pattern, per se, just started at the top with the mountains and worked down. I thought about using the yellow in an arc at one of the corners for sun, but decided it would just be too much for the design to handle.
Purple mountains are in 2 strands of DMC cotton floss, with the snow in one strand. The “amber waves” are in 3 strands, and the grass/whatever in the front is in 4. AND on the green layers I not only added another strand, but when I crossed the top bar of the chevron stitch I used Stamen stitch for the cross-piece instead of the straight stitch that’s usual. (Stamen stitch: French knot with long tail.) You can click on the photo to see more detail.
Ivory embroidery in rose?
I still wanted to be stitching, even though I don’ thave the gold yet, and really can’t afford to order it until after the first of the year. Ah, budgets.
But then I thought. You know, I’ve got this stash. And there’s this thing called “Ivory Embroidery” that I’ve talked about before in my Weldon’s. Since I still haven’t’ been able to find an extant piece to look at, I figured I’d just try following some of the instructions and see what happened.
Still using the Jacobean Flower pattern. I’m stitching it on a pale rose 32 count linen, using DMC #12 perle cotton in #233 (a bit darker rose). I’m thinking I should probably have used embroidery floss in the same color, as it’s coming out a bit heavy on the embroidery, but it’s still pretty.
Linen or Evenweave (I’m using 32 count. You could use 28 count, enlarge the pattern slightly)
#12 perle cotton in the same color or close to it as your linen (If you’re using 32 count linen, you might want to use embroidery floss or floche instead. )
6″ embroidery hoop
Transfer your design to your linen.
I will start diagramming stitches for you next week.
Transfer the pattern to your fabric. (We’ve been car shopping this week, and that’s actually all I got done on this!). My studio is still a wreck – mostly now because I’m actually in the process of revamping it, starting with making the shelves in the closet actually stay up – they fell on my head last year and I haven’t’ had the chance to empty it out an put the supports up properly (like into studs rather than loosely into drywall without anchors?!!!?) Anyway, between car hunting and searching for just the right ground fabric, I didn’t get much done!
So. Use any method you prefer, and transfer your design onto your chosen ground fabric. I’ll add my photo here when I get it off my camera card.
Supplies list can be found here.
I’ve had a few emails asking me where to find my posts on crewelwork, so I thought I’d round up a bunch of my bigger posts and put the links here in one place where you can find them more easily…
My finished projects:
To learn Crewel:
I was reminded yesterday by a friend of a technique I had taught her several years ago. She was intimidated by all the counting in counted cross stitch, and couldn’t find a pattern she liked to learn on in any case. The easy solution? Make her own, without counting. If I can talk her into letting me take a photo of her finished project I’ll try to post it here.
What we did was the following:
- Find an iron on transfer or a line art/coloring design she liked from a clip art book.
- Transfer it onto a piece of counted fabric. In this case, aida.
- Now fill in the various areas with the stitch of your choice. In my friend’s case, I taught her long-armed cross stitch. You can also use tent stitch, cross stitch, satin stitch, or any other filling stitch, lacy or solid that you like. Or a variety of stitches.
- Stitch over the outlines with stem or back stitch.
- Voila! apparently counted work that wasn’t counted.
Note: I’m not sure how regularly I’ll be posting for the next few weeks. Our old lady cat is in home hospice care, in the last stages of thyroid disease AND renal failure, so I find myself watching her and worrying more than I ought to, perhaps.