Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Getting there. Nearly ready to start stitching

Another productive day getting things ready to join in the stitch along with Katie Dawson.
I have a link to her website in my very first post. An Enticing Stitch Along.

I have prepared my piece using a very fine lawn fabric that I had in my stash. Very pleased I chose this fabric, as it was even easier to trace on, as I didn't even require my light box.

Katie, in one of her video tutorials, shows a nifty idea that I hadn't thought of before. You should actually use masking tape and tape your photocopy onto the back of your fabric. It saves a lot of headaches and stops your fabric from slipping around, light box or not.

I then went on to practice my satin stitching. I have shown a few steps to help you along. Remember that us lefties work from right to left.

After you have finished, if you are not entirely happy with your stitching, a nifty idea that I picked from somewhere or other is to slide your needle under your stitches and wiggle it around carefully until you find your stitches are sitting flatter.  I have only used a very cheap embroidery thread in the demonstration .  Waste not want not I say.  I will be using my gorgeous Cottage Garden Variegated Threads for the project itself.   You can purchase these from Katie's website if you like.

Last thing I need to do tonight is to baste my fine interfacing to my fabric.  Katie suggests you used weaveline and yes I do love using this product and recommend it highly.  It is just that I do not have any left in my stash at the moment so using up what I do have.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gathering supplies for the Stitch Along

I spent a lovely half hour yesterday afternoon gathering my supplies for the stitch along.
I was lucky enough to have everything in my stash.  😀

 I have photocopied the fox from the Enchanted Forest coloring book.  Katie suggests in her video tutorial that you enlarge 170% but my home photocopier only goes to 140%.  This is quite a nice size for this project for me.  I am thinking that instead of a cushion, I will most likely frame my finished piece.
The next job will be to trace it onto my fabric, using my lovely light box that was a gift from my brother.  If you don't have a light box there are some wonderful new slimline ones on the market or you can take your piece to a window, place them against the windowpane, and trace it that way.

I have a little stitch practice piece set up in my embroidery hoop.   I have drawn the foxes nose lightly in pencil.     As I haven't done satin stitch in awhile I thought this a good idea.  I will show you my steps as I go along.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Most Enticing Stitch Along

I have been so remiss with this little blog and I must slap myself on the hand for that.  Unfortunately, some little life happenings got in the way. I also used this time to finish a lot of my quilting UFO's and spend more time on my knitting and crochet.

I have been inspired though, as I have found a beautiful lady that is doing a wonderful embroidery stitch a long.   Her blog is KatieDawsonStitched.com   I love her idea of turning a gorgeous adult coloring book page into a beautiful embroidery piece.

I am one of those people who have embraced the adult coloring in activity from day one.  I was so excited to stumble upon this as I already had this book by Johanna Basford among my collection of coloring books.  As you will know, if you have been following me that I am a lover of Cottage Garden Threads. These were the beautiful threads that I used in my Jane Austen Bonnet quilt ........
I only have a few of these variegated threads left and I hope to incorporate these into my version of this stitch a long.

Please drop by Katie's page, the link is highlighted above if you are interested and follow along with her. She has some great video tutorials for just about all you require. She is also quite adorable and fun to listen to. Oh, she also has come beautiful colorways displayed.  Just pick the arrangement you like and stock up on those threads.   She sells the whole kit from her blog and also separate bits and pieces that you may need.

 I thought this would also be a good way of showing you the left handed way of doing this project.   Stay tuned, I will be starting very soon.  I hate waste, so I will be using some of my leftover colours from my Jane Austen Bonnet Quilt.  Then purchasing some other threads as needed.   I was so excited to find that I had all my requirementshttp://www.lefthandednotions.com/2014/09/the-final-big-reveal-of-my-version-of.html in my craft room.

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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