Sunday, March 01, 2009

Stitch explorer - more trellis

I'm taking part in Sharon B's Stitch Explorer Challenge. Find out all about it here. This month it's Trellis Stitch.

In the last post, I used it in a less conventional way, as a frame for a face on a doll. Now I've used it in the more traditional way. I've used up the left-over fabric from this:

(sorry for the bad quality photo!)

I made this the other evening, because I got fed up with looking for my specs! I either put them down and lose them, or I sit on them. The background is a piece of unfortunately hand-printed fabric, mangled to a synthetic washing up cloth with some scraps of silk via the embellisher machine then machine quilted with pre-programmed stitches. I decorated the fabric with hand stitching, beads and sequins then wrapped it around a cardboard tube. It's lined with an odd piece of teddy bear fur and has three dividers made from covered card inside, so I can pop in a pair of specs, a pair of scissors and whatever else I am likely to lose down the back of the sofa!

Then I used the left-over fabric for a trellis stitch sample.

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I used cotton perle and a foundation row of buttonhole stitch. I made the 'flower' with the blue stamens by working a tube in trellis stitch, then pulling it to one side and fastening with a stitch from the back. I worked another tube, decreasing at the top, and sewed a bead inside, and the other motif I worked around in a spiral. Then I got carried away and decorated them all!
The next photo shows the difference it makes if you work a spiral in buttonhole stitch instead, it's much flatter.

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Emmy said...

very lovely

arlee said...

OH i LOVE those! They look like they're floating on the surface----try on a sheer or tulle!!

Anonymous said...

I really like what happens when you get carried away! You've inspired me to try some embroidery myself today!

Anonymous said...

Here the treillis stitch lokks cobntemporary;

Conni said...

Oh what fun! These are great!

Nancilyn (Fiberdabbler) said...

Kay Susan, you have no idea how much I love your exotic flowers!!!
Bravo!!! Fantastic!!!
P.S. Don't apologize for the quality of photo of your really cool specs holder; I enjoyed viewing the sprouted potatoes and soap scum label! lol