And the last stitch for 2012 - the Knotted Cable Chain. I THOUGHT I had this one down but it sure doesn't look like the samples. For some reason, the large loop of the cable slipped down into the twisted chain. No clue what I did wrong... but after ripping it out twice, I gave up:
Here is December's page ---
Basically, a great learning experience but I think what I mainly learned is that I'm not very good at a lot of the stitches we tried and probably won't ever be. Hand embroidery just doesn't seem to be my thing. So I'm still debating whether or not I'll sign up for TAST 2013...
Buttonhole Eyelet Flower... NOT something I will come back to willingly. I just don't do stitches where my hands feel like they are ten times too large for the needle and the stitches come out all wonky like this:
Besides, I can't think of a single use I would put it to...
I'm beginning to think that freehand embroidery is NOT my medium.
The Portuguese Border Stitch. Kind of fun to do, and fast. I have to watch my tension, and play with curves and the like, but I think this one will become one of my preferred seam treatments! I used two kinds of threads in this piece... #5 perle in a variegated blue and Carrie's Creations (Crazy Dreams).
Week 46's stitch is the Checkered, or Magic, Chain stitch. Here is mine, forming a stem for my open-based needle-woven picot stitch flower. I used GAST "Harvest Basket" and Forest Glade" as my alternating colors...
I did try to be creative and use three colors but I had tension issues, with the threads not wanting to cooperate, resulting in a hot mess on both the front and the back of the fabric, so I ripped that out and settled for just two...
This week's stitch is the buttonhole wheel cup. I tried it twice with two strands of GAST and the second step kept distorting the buttonhole wheel and the buttonhole stitch didn't "stand up" but rather formed a web inside the rim (see the picture on the left) so I switched to perle which managed to hold it's shape better:
The perle cotton "cup" is done with three rows of weaving and it looks sort of like an empty barnacle shell at an angle:
Born in New Jersey, I grew up in Southeastern Ohio. Attended university at Bowling Green State University (B.Sci in biological science, 1964), University of Southern California (M. Sci in biological science, 1967) and University of Florida (Ph. D in zoology, 1971).
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