Archive for December, 2006

Where’s the frame?

Finally I got it! The frame was to be a Christmas gift but it came today. Anyway it was worth waiting. I got this frame (thanks to my husband). It’s exactly what I wanted to have. I haven’t tried it yet, as it’s quite late today and I have to go to work tomorrow, but I had a problem where to put it for the time I don’t use it. Our flat is really small, so every centimeter is important. On the other hand I’m not going to take it to pieces and set together again every time I need. And here’s the solution (or rather where’s the frame?!):

where's the frame?

I’d like to thank to this genious person who desined the legs. They can be set parallel to the frame and after this operation the whole frame is thinier than 10cm. That’s it!

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Know more- stitch more

I think the knowledge is the first step to make a good embroidery. At the beginning you always have to get some information (even if they are not really very complicated or technical) and then you try to use what you know. Everybody started whith information that there is something called embroidery, you need some threads, fabrics and needles and there are some stitches and this stitch is done this way. When you know this, you try to embroider your first time and then get some technical skills that allow you understand more and create your own patterns or stitches. Every time the knowledge that something is possible produces the “what if..” questions and creative solutions. That’s why learning about embroidery should be something as important as learning embroidery itself.

Not to be theoretical, I’d like to write about two books I bought some time ago. I have read them both and now can share my opinion. The first is 18th Century Embroidery Techniques by Gail Marsh, and this is the book that gives rather a great historical background than a technical information. If you want to learn how to embroider, you won’t find there much information, but if you know some stitches, this is a huge resource to 18th century embroidery styles, motifs and clothes. Every item is given a detailed description and a photo or picture. The most interesting motifs are also drawn so that you can analize details. For me it was very interesting to read the parts about embroiderers and embroidery quilds and also fragments of letters or books written in the 18th century. It’s always fascinating to check how some things where done and suprising that not really much has changed.

The book is divided into parts containing information about different techniques, like silk embroidery, crewel, tambour or knotting (is there anybody who does it??). Every part begins whith some theoretical backgroud (which is some kind of how-to) and then you find descriptions of real items. I think it’s a must-have for everybody interested in history of embroidery and looking for inspirations. It’s also a good resource for those who want to do some research in crafts as it there is a part about treating old clothes and contacting whith museums.

The second book is the Embroidered Knot Gardens by Owen Davies and Gill Holdsworth. This one describes both the technique of making three-dimensional embroidered gardens and historical background.  You won’t find ready-to-stitch patterns here, but there’s a lot of information about the designing process and looking for inspirations. I think it’s much more than patterns. Every stitch is perfectly described and photographed, so you can learn it easily at home. More information you can find here.

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Tutorials 1

For today I have to good links to check and learn. The first one was given by Linda Joyce on the Stitching Post mailing list and it’s a tutorial to tambour embroidery. I was reading about it few days ago (in a book that is waiting for a note here 😉 ) and was really interested in its possibilities. As I can see, the technique has been improved and now gives amazing results.

Another one is Alison Allers recipe for a totebag. I like this kind of bags too and the tutorial is really clearly written, so it’s time to try 😉

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Take a stitch tuesday challenge

Yes, yes, yes, I’m going to take a part too.

If you haven’t read about this challenge yet, it’s the high time to do that. Take a stitch tuesday is a Sharon’s B challenge where you can learn a lot about embroidery and improve your creativity exploring a stitch possibilities every week. There are a lot of members now but why not become another one?

If you like to check members blogs, go to my bloglines account and have fun!

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Some more stitching done

I really, really want to finish it as soon as possible. Doing cross stitch is so time-consuming that I want to try some faster or more differentiated techniques. Now two pictures of what I have done:

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Here the cross stitch part is finished. It took very long to find all lost stitches and add them. I printed a grid and used it to check every part of stitching.

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Here’s a little more progress, I added back stitches to almost all left side. Notice how great is the difference between parts with and whithout back stitches.

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