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TAST week 4- cretan stitch

I was on a trip last week and made one and a half of sampler, so here’s the finished one. I decided to use some stitches to make easy blackwork surfaces. Cretan stitch is good to create such patterns and this is my first attempt to blackwork ๐Ÿ™‚

TAST week 4- cretan stitch

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Tutorials 3

I love Bloglines. It allows to check a lot of blogs in a pretty short time and find what interests me. Last days I found a nice tutorial of how to make a quilt block or a whole quilt made from irregular shapes in two colours written by Emy of Cramzy. It’s a little tricky and finally you get two funny blocks. Worth to remember ๐Ÿ™‚

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TAST week 3- detached chain stitch

I’m a little late whith this, but had so much to do, that working on this samler took ages.

When I think about detached chain the first is that there’s another name for it: lazy daisy stitch. This made my to think about this stitch like an easy and fun way to make nice flower shapes. The flowers must grow somewhere, so I needed a meadow. I decided to experiment a little whith fabrics and used two different fabrics that are not absolutely even. It was in my mind to make them folded and whith frayed edges to simulate the meadow. What do you think?

TAST3- detached chin stitch

I’m not very good in a free embroidery, so it was just an experiment to try some new possibilities, but you should see Kay Susans embroidery in her blog Smockery. It’s absolutely amaizing what you can do whith detached chain.

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CQMag comes

A hot issue of CQMag Online has jus been published, you can find it here. Even if you don’t do any CQ it’s worth reading as there are articles about many techniques that you can use not only in CQ. I have just scanned this issue now and left most part for havingย  a longer time to read but there’s a pretty victorian pincusion which made me thinking about a small bag in a similar mood.

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Tutorials 2

It’s after-Christmas-time, but why not think about next Christmas? I’m always looking for ideas and inspirations and even if I won’t use them now, it’s worth having a note somewhere and go back on time.

There are two wonderful ornament tutorials I want to tell you about:

They are both lovely and I wish I had such great imagination. Hope you like them too.

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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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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