Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Once More

Hello all.

Well it is that time of year again when I take a mini break from blogging my embroidery stitches and quilting shenanigans.

Just thought I would leave you with pictures of a couple of my little Christmas creations.   Mind you, these were not made This Christmas as I have been a bit behind in all things craft related what with one thing and another.

I will be back next year to finish off the alphabetical embroidery stitches.   As you may be aware, we are already up to W.   There are a couple more stitches that I can bring you starting with this letter.   There is one however, that is way too complicated for this little old chook to perfect.  I will just leave that one to the experts.

The first photo is of my gorgeous Heartwood Creek Santa by Jim Shore, that I absolutely adore.   Sitting beside him is the sixty point diamond pieced star that I made in a workshop with my quilting group.

These lovely little cross stitch hangers came in kit form and I actually sold quite a few of these via my facebook page   Vicki Lorraine.   Unfortunately, I have unpublished my page for the time being.   There don't seem to be enough hours in my day, at the moment, to keep adding creations to my shop.

These little cone shaped Christmas trees caught my eye.   They were very easy to make.   I found them somewhere on a free pattern site through doing a Google search.   Fun to use up some of your less than favourite Christmas fabrics that may have been sitting in your stash for way too long.

Last of all, my three little Christmas mice.  They look so cute standing of laying down with their little noses hanging over the cupboard top.

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for following along with my little Lefthanded Embroidery blog.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wheatear Stitch

This lovely stitch is called the wheat ear stitch.   You can make all the little stitches nice and even, as I have tried to do or you can make long wavy lines with it and then each little part of the stitch short and long to give it a totally different look.

The first thing you are going to do is make a small V stitch as demonstrated in this photo.

As you are making the base of the V with your needle proceed down in a straight line and bring the needle out again to the front of work.

Now that you have pulled your thread through, you are going to take your needle up and through the little V.   The aim here is to make a loop as shown in the photo below this one.

Please excuse the differing sizes of these photos, I tried to make them the same dimensions, but both my phone and the ribbet program did not want to be very helpful today.  So here is the loop. Whilst trying to keep the oval tension even, bring your needle back up and out on the left, as you are going to repeat the process all over again by making the V stitch once again.

As you can see in the next photo the V will start to take shape

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Turkey Work Stitch

Hi there all.   This week I am endeavouring to bring you the Turkey work stitch.

Silly me was racking my brain all night wondering why this was named so.   I kept thinking this is nothing like a Turkey.   Then it suddenly dawned on me.   It is named after the country from which it is thought to have originated    :)

The aim of this decorative stitch is to make lots of what I call fluffery.   I will only be showing you how to do one line here, but I hope to add some to my Crazy Quilt Block when I can.

First start from the top of your work.   You want to hold on to a little piece of thread, no knotting off.   You want a little tail on top.

For the first stitch, bring your needle up on the right of tail and insert needle back down as close as possible to the little tail.  Make sure you hold the tail down as you do this, so that you don't pull it out.

Your stitch should then look like the next picture.

Next,  bring your thread back up from underneath, as close as possible to the right of the stitch you just made.   Unfortunately, this isn't very clear in the next picture as my needle when inserted covers over the said stitch.   You are then going to work to the left, making a loop as you go, bringing the needle up and out again at the left point of the first stitch.  Do not pull through, the aim is to be making little loops.

Keep following this process working to the left, making the straight stitch and then the loop.

You should then end up with a line of little loops. Ending with the tail on top.   
Next, get a small pair of scissors and cut in the centre of each loop, so you end up with a line of, what I call fluffery.
Not that I have shown you here, but you can then do numerous rows of these stitches side by side so that you end up with a thickness of fluffery.    If you are anywhere near my age group, you may remember shag pile carpet.   That's what it reminds me of once it is all grouped together.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Just thought I would pop by and share my William Morris quilt progress with WIP Wednesday over at The Little White Dove.

Also with my lovely friends here :).  

I have been working on the hand quilting on this project all year. I was hoping to have it all done by December, but I am now realising that it will probably take me another three or four months past that.  I am hand echo quilting the entire project and now have the border emblems left to embellish

Hope you like it as much as I do.    

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tulip Stitch

This week, I am endeavouring to bring you the tulip stitch.  



First thing, insert needle up through fabric and taking your thread to left, make a loop shape and insert needle in and out as shown. 



This will allow you to make a small catch in the centre of the bottom of the loop.
Take the needle point up on the right and about a third of the way up the side of the stitch.

You then pull your thread through and rethread it back through the small catch stitch to the other side. Take your thread down under fabric in a slightly loose manner so that it makes a nice curved stitch under the top loop.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

String of Pearls Stitch

This is such a lovely stitch.   It is just like coral stitch with a little extra add on.

I hope my instructions for this one make sense as it is a little hard to show you all the steps.   When I am trying to sew, hold the thread in place to get the knot AND take the photo, I really needed three hands.   Consequently a couple of pictures could not be taken ;)

So, first things first, bring your thread up from under your work and working to the right (for us lefties) insert your needle down and up again with your thread position over to the right.  Then hook it around and under the needle. Holding the thread down taught on the right, gently pull it with needle thread to make a little knot.

The next picture shows where the little knot sits.  Then bring your needle around again to the right and swing back and under the thread to left of knot.  Do not catch the needle into the fabric, but simply pass it up and under and around to the right again.  You are going to form another little circle around the knot.

Now this is where the picture is missing. Once you complete the above instructions, you then must catch your needle into the fabric, making a very small catch under the little double knot, horizontally.
Once you pull this through to the right you will have a nicely finished stitch held in place out of sight.


Continue in this way, working to the right until you have done your desired number of little pearls.   Voila, a string of pearls stitch


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stem Stitch - Whipped

I brought you the stem stitch details as one of my very first blog posts, as it is one of the most used embroidery stitches.

The whipped stitch can be done in the same colour or a contrasting colour depending on the look you are trying to get.

Just thread your top stitch over and under each one of the stem stitches that you have made

So, first things first, you do your line of stem stitch.

You then get your contrasting thread or same colour thread, whichever you prefer.   Starting from right and working to left, thread under and over each of the stem stitches until you have finished your row.

Voila, one finished stem stitch, whipped.