30 April 2012

TAST Wheatear & CQJP block

TAST Wheatear & CQJP block

TAST for this week is Wheatear Stitch.
I used this for one long seam on my CQJP and added 3 seed beads at each point of the stitch.

Progress on CQJP March Block

Had lots of fun with different seam treatments this week. Experimenting with various techniques and inventions. 

This is the 'finished' block that I have submitted to the CQJP blog. I shall probably still add more to it at a later date as I really want something more in that largish white triangle on the bottom right.

And here are some detail pics of the various seam treatments.
(click on these for a larger view)

Metallic threads feature a lot in this block, and I especially enjoyed stitching the tiny stars on this white area. I'll see if I can get better photos outside when the weather brightens up a bit. I had to take these inside with artificial light so I'm sorry if they are not clear enough.

Happy Stitching

23 April 2012

CQJP for March - Yes I'm late.....

CQJP for March - Yes I'm late..... & TAST Stitches Update

I have managed to get quite a bit of stitching time to myself this week.
Here are my latest TAST stitches that are on my CQJP block.

Stem Stitch
Nine rows of stem stitch in two colours stitched next to each other.
The black thread is two strands of cotton floss,
and the green thread is something silky that I found in my stash (oddment with no label)

French Knot
Five rows of French Knots in graduating colours from lilac to blue.
Detached Daisy's for edging.



I am rather late getting my March CQJP block done but here is the progress on it so far.

The Naked Block
I made this block last Monday in my quilt colour scheme of black, white and anything in between.

Detail 1
French Knots & Detached Daisy's on left.
Braided Chain on right.
Buttonhole and Cross Stitch above.

Detail 2
Seam treatments being developed here. Lots more stitching needed, and then the beads.

Detail 3
I was having a bit of Whipping fun with this seam treatment.
You can just see on the left, in green, a detached buttonhole row.

Detail 4
The black semi-circles on the left are in Stem Stitch with Detached Chains and Ribbon Petal Stitch in them, and Seed Stitch done in DMC metallic silver thread.
On the bottom right is a new seam combination being nurtured.

This week I have been experimenting with new combinations for the seam treatments as I have been feeling a bit restricted with the TAST stitches and I'm longing for something a bit more challenging.
This coming week I shall add beads and hopefully finish this block as I need to start on my April block to catch up, but as I've managed to do all the above stitching in one week, I think I might be able to catch up soon. With both of my boys back at Uni again after the Easter break, and my older son gone back to his own house, I should have more daytime for myself.
It has been great having them around, but sometimes I would like to just sit and stitch without having to make (yet another) pot of tea or put the dinner on (why do they never stop eating and yet remain a healthy weight?).

I need to create another butterfly for that centre fabric patch, probably in stumpwork again as I like how the last one turned out. And I will crochet a piece for a specific area when I decide which area needs a bit of traditional lacework.

08 April 2012

TAST catch-up & BJP

TAST catch-up & BJP

Here I am with another round-up of my stitching adventures over the last couple of weeks.
My online time had been drastically reduced to almost zilch, but all is well again now and I should be back into the swing of things again soon.


I got a bit behind with my TAST stitching but I think I am all caught up again now with these following pics.

Whipped Spider Wheel
with Whipped Spiral & Whipped Fan Variations

Barred Chain Stitch

Satin Stitch

Spiral Whipped Wheel & Satin Stitch

Barred Chain Stitch
I totally lost the plot with this stitch and ended up just 'doing-my-own-thing' with it.
I might attempt this stitch at another time when I have the instructions actually in font of me.

Padded Satin Stitch

BJP - February 
(yes, I know I'm a bit late)


Progress on Cushion for Mum