Saturday, July 30, 2016

Color Way 4 Foxie Stitch Along

I have chosen the colour Sweet Pea from my stash of Cottage Garden Threads.

The leaves under the foxes' snout are done in Stem Stitch - outlines and spine only. Then some backstitches are added to fill them in.
French knots are done this time by looping the thread three times around the needle so as to create a slightly bigger French Knot.
The very tiny leaves in three places around the larger leaves, I did in only a single thread so that they wouldnt look too bulky.

The other two parts to be added in this colour are the leaves on his foreleg and the stem of leaves to the left of the green leaves. The stitches used are a mix of Stem Stitch and Backstitch. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Colorway 3 of the Foxie Stitch Along

This should take you no time at all.   There are only two places to add this colour.

I have chosen Heliotrope from my own stash.

The little floral bits on the foxes hind leg are done in satin stitch and back stitch.   Not much to it at all really, although getting the satin stitch drops nice and even was a little bit of a challenge.  All will be well if you take your time with them though.

The leaves are stem stitch and back stitch.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On to Colorway Two

The colour I have chosen for the second colorway is called River Gum from the Cottage Garden Threads range and also one I just had in my stash.

Please excuse the variations of colour in my photos.  Unfortunately I only use my ipad to take the pictures.  I find the consistency in colour, light and exposure very hard for me to do.   I really must get to know my own little camera.  

The stitches used in this colour are stem stitch, back stitch and satin stitch.  All of these stitches are in alphabetical order in my blog.   To find them just click on the little arrows next to the months listed and a drop down menu of posts will appear.

As a reminder though regarding back stitch.  I find I cannot do a decent back stitch in the hoop, so for this stitch, I go hoop less 😉  Also, trending against my lefthanded rule of stitching from right to left,  I find it better to start at the left and work right.

Katie Dawson prefers stab stitching her back stitch using the hoop and doing very tiny stitches. This does look lovely and see her blog for instructions on this.  I prefer the normal way for myself.

Happy Stitching

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Stitching has Begun

All set up and the stitching has begun. 😀

Starting off with three stitches.   Stem Stitch, encroaching stem stitch (or as I would like to call it - slanted Satin Stitch) and French Knots.   You can visit Katie for her videos on these stitches or if you are a lefty, you can follow me. Scroll my blog for them, they are in alphabetical order.

Just a reminder that Stem Stitch for lefties is worked from Right to Left. I also find that the thread naturally lies to the top of your work and that is the way I do it. Right handers - work from left to right and the thread is laying to the bottom of your work.

Satin stitch is worked right to left, and in this case, slant your work as you go. Needle in at the top line and coming back up at the bottom of the line.

I am using of the Cottage Garden variegated threads. I have a number of threads leftover from my Jane Austen Bonnet quilt.