Sunday, December 24, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Still quite daffy!

Experimented with a 'profile' view:

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The inspiration came from this watercolour/coloured pencil sketch of a bunch of daffodils from my garden.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Daffy down dilly - Lesson 6

SharonB showed us how she makes a daffodil in Lesson 6 of the Joggles Personal Stitch Directory class. Here's my version:

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Worked in wool on natural linen. Petals are flat stitch, romanian stitch and vandyke stitch and the trumpet is detached buttonhole.

The Joggles Class finishes this week. I shall miss it. But in the New Year I will be taking part in SharonB's Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge. Sharon will be.............well let her tell you herself, have a look here:

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Joggling around - Lesson 5

What stitches are good for using in circles and foliage?

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On synthetic felt with mostly variegated stranded cotton and a little perle cotton.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Contemporary Casalguidi

This is a sample I did when I studied Casalguidi work for City & Guilds.

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The background is knitting yarn wrapped around a frame and then free machined before cutting off. This represents the four sided stitch used in the traditional method. The flower is worked in detatched buttonhole stitch int he traditional fashion. The thin stems are button hole stitched threads from the background. The thick stem is worked in padded stem stitch in the traditional manner.

All dressed up and ready to go. Lesson 5

Here's my finished geometric shape sampler for Lesson 5.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Shaping up - Lesson 5

A bit more work on the sampler for Lesson 5.

Here's the before:

and here's the after:

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You didn't really think I'd leave it 'improperly dressed' did you? It's still not ready to go out!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Post As You Go Paisley - a little bit more

Another 'postcard' section of the paisley panel started:

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Outlines in up and down buttonhole, german knotted buttonhole and german knotted buttonhole variation. The yellow line is half chevron stitch.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Joggling Along - Sampler for Lesson 4

Here's the Lesson 4 section for my long sampler.

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I was concentrating on 'density'.

There's arrow stitch, german knotted and up and down buttonhole, (up and down buttonhole is another great stitch for curves), arrow stitch variations (changing direction of the stitches) and cretan stitch.

All further embellished with french knots, lacing, beads or sequins to build up the density.

And this is a little experiment with running stitch:

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Done on Aida with perle cotton.

I can see lots of possibilities for lacing here, but the point was to use one very simple stitch.