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more Christmas inspirations

Melissa of Honey Bee’s Bliss has posted pretty embriodered Christmas tree ornaments. Have a look, it’s still enough time 😉

And for those who are going to spend more time on embroidery- check the current Inspirations issue and see absolutely wonderful goldwork ornament.


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Free patterns

Have a look at the photo set of ♥wool&cotton♥ on flickr. Sue publishes pretty floral and sunbonnet girls’ patterns. Check also other of her sets, they are really inspirational too 🙂

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Jacobean patterns

Check the blog Needle N’Thread.  Mary Corbet is publishing a series of old Jacobean embroidery patterns.

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TAST week 22- satin stitch

A lot is happening around me but I’m still trying to remember about some crafty activities. The motif in satitn stitch was made few weeks ago as a central element of the red bag. I used DMC Color Variations stranded cotton (new in Poland though it was available much earlier abroad). I like the combination of colours in this thread. It’s different from Coats Multicolors, more delicate I think.

Here’s the photo:

I like monogrammes as decorative motifs. They are not very common now, perhaps because we use things  shorter than 100 years ago, when they were used till complete destroyment or because nobody has enough time  to add this kind of personalization to everyday life objects.  I embroidered once a normal bed sheet, you can see a little how-to here: 

If you are interested in this kind of embroidery, check the old DMC books here. You’ll find a lot of inspirations.

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TAST week 11- up and down buttonhole stitch

huh! I’m doing more than writing and it’s probably a good proportion. For week 11 of TAST I prepared two more stitches on my red bag:

TAST11 up and down buttonhole stitch

It’s up and down buttonhole stitch which I first saw in Sharons site (but earlier than TAST). I like it because it gives lots of possibilities when you want to create a plant-like motifs. It’s great when you want to embroider a sea-life plants and used it like that in a green heart. Here’s more typical version 🙂

I found it useful to use frames while stitching this kind of stitch.  It’s rather difficult when you use a hoop whithout any stand and extremly difficult whithout any tension. When you have  both hands free it’s pretty easy. I had some problems whith understanding how it works at first, but after few stitches it became obvious.

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Buttonholed herringbone

I like all kinds of  experiments whith stitches and this one is really successful. Annie of Annies Crazy World  shows how to create a totally new look using herringbone and buttonhole stitch. Check it!

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TAST week 6- eyelet stitch/ algierian eye

I’ve just finished another sampler:
TAST week 6- eyelet stitch/ algierian eye

The idea was to make a small whitework sampler using some pulled work as I haven’t done much in this technique. It looks quite nice and the fabric became much more stiff. I think it’s a good idea to stitch such a medallion over a needlecase or a small bag and perhaps add some beads. It would also play on a Christmas tree ornament.

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