Monday, August 29, 2016

Eyelets Begone!

I was under the weather all of last week. I always catch a cold at least once in winter and once in summer. For some reason, I though I dodged the bullet this year as summer was almost over and I didn't catch a cold. But no such luck! Anyways, I have a rule: If I'm sick, I don't stitch. Especially not something as sensitive as cutting fabric.

I managed to get one corner on Fandango done last Wednesday, just before things started going really bad. Once I started getting congested I was KO'd for the rest of the week.

I spent a lot of it sitting outside soaking in the sun, and hopefully some vitamin D to beat my cold. However, I'm not one to sit around and do nothing either. For some reason, an old WIP sprang to mind. It was both boring AND safe :)

Yup, I took out Fantasy Lace and knocked out all the remaining eyelets =D No more eyelets! Which means I met my goal on this project for this year. I actually had half of the border left to do and was able to knock out the longer side in 5 hours and the smaller side on Sunday. I think with my state of mind, it was easy for me to zone out while stitching them, as I was already half asleep anyways. Here's a picture in case you forgot how big the piece is.

By Sunday I was feeling much better, enough that I felt safe starting the hem stitch border on one of the smaller sides.

I didn't get much done. The instructions were confusing (or my brain was still addled) and took me a while to start.

Monday morning, finds me much better with a slight cough that will take a while to go away, but I can now safely go back to working on Fandango.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Four-Sided Stitch: Check!

Yesterday I put in the last four sided stitch on Fandago :) I was in too much of a hurry to take pictures to wait for sunlight, so the pictures aren't that great.

There are two rows of four-sided stitches that go all around the border. I didn't want to have to go around twice, so I stitched them both at the same time. Boy, was I glad when both rows met up with the starting point.

There are also four four-sided stitches on each corner of the small squares. Here is what the small squares will actually look like once they've all been stitched up.

 Another look at a section with more four-sided stitches.

Now that that's done, the next step is to go around the entire border again this time with the Italian hem stitch. This will be the fourth layer and will involving drawing thread.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dentelles et Broderies en Lumière

Over the weekend we decided to take a mini road trip to visit Quebec city which is 3 hours away from our home. We left Friday after lunch and came back on Saturday night. I was in charge of navigation and on the way there we kind of took a little detour ;)

La Guilde des Dentellières et des Brodeuses are celebrating their 25th anniversary and decided to hold an exposition of recent works by guild members. There was lacework, embroidery and tatting. Many of the pieces were the members own creation, while others were based on designers' patterns. There were even a few antique pieces that were passed down.

I was able to take pictures, but I was told it has to be for personal use only. So I can't really post them here. If anyone is interested in seeing them I can share a link to my personal album, because I know how annoying it is to hear about a fantastic exposition and not be able to see it for the simple reason of not living near the area. However I will share three pictures of my favorite pieces.

The guild had decided to print a catalog of all the pieces that were displayed fro 25$ and it was well worth it. It is very well made and the work is just gorgeously photographed.

Friday, August 19, 2016

WIPocalypse 2016 – August

This month's theme is: Have you ever read any fictional books that involve embroidery? If so, give us some recommendations? Can't say that I have.

I'm moving things around. I'm going to start with the stuff I did do, and you can ignore the ones I haven't touched >.<

There has been some steady progress on Fandango. I finished the satin stitch pyramids and satin stitch bars that go all around. I moved onto the next layer in the border, two rows of four sided stitches. I've been stitching both at the same time so I wouldn't have to go around twice and I've finished two sides and am almost done with the third one. It's safe to safe that I will finish this layer before the end of the month and then I can move onto the next step.

I've also started working on two more projects. Hana beaded fob by Merrilyn Whittle from Inspirations issue 91.

And Fleurs de Sakura by Annie Penin.

No update on Bramble and the Rose.
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Ink Circles - The Bramble and the Rose
Still hidden away poor dragons.

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Teresa Wentzler - Tracery Dragons

Nothing to see here either :P
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Satin Stitches - Donna's Fantasy Lace

I didn't touch Sfilati Fantasia.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

More Weekend projects

Saturday brought in more rain, so I decided to put in some time on Fleurs de Sakura appliqueing some leaves.

The leaves are "stitched" using a piece of green organza. The organza is pinned to the fabric and then an outline of the leaves is stitched using a back-stitch.

When the leaf is completely outline, the pins can be removed and we back-stitch the leaf again this time with beads. We didn't completely outline the leaf with the beads, just enough that it will glitter.

Once that's done, the organza is carefully cut out. I had to be very careful when I did this, so that I didn't accidentally cut my fabric or my stitches.

I think I spent about 3 hours and got 3 leaves done. The leaf that's between the two branches was a little tough since it's stuck right against it. I have two more leaves in this olive green and then a whole lot more in a darker green.

I'm still waiting to hear back from the teacher on that missing pink thread. If I don't hear back from her I will take the scrap piece of pink thread I have (lucky I kept it) and try to match it at the store.

Hana Beaded Fob Part 2

We had a horrible, depressing weekend here in Montreal, but because of it I was able to get a lot done. After my post on Friday, I went home for lunch (hurray for summer hours!) and then proceeded to work on Hana for the rest of the day.

The second part of the flowers are the petals. They're stitched in three layers by coming out a little outside the petal area, threading a combination of two bead sizes 11/0 and 15/0 and then plunging the thread underneath the center. You basically want enough beads on there and just the right length of thread, that once the needle is brought back into the fabric, the beads form an arc.

You don't want a really high arc because otherwise you won't be able to see all the beads and the fabric will show. It's very tricky. If you come out of the fabric too far, when you plunge that needle the beads will lay flat. If you do it too near the center it will look weird. And in some cases you have to use your judgment on whether you want to keep a bead or take it out.

Once you do the center petal (at the top), a trick I found for the outer petals was do the center layer first, then do the outermost layer and finish by squeezing in that last one. They mentioned using a tekobari (or laying tool) for this, but I just found it very awkward. I think I ended up using a bigger needle just to push the layers so I can see around them.

I do admit that some of the petals look better than others, but that's okay it still looks pretty. I just love how shiny it is and the colors that were picked for this project are lovely. I particularly like the blue and fuchsia.

Next step for Hana are the stems but I'm not sure when that will happen as the weather is supposed to be great this week so my time will be spent outside.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hana Beaded Fob Quick Update

Yesterday it was too hot to sit outside to stitch, so as soon as I got home from work I set up Hana for some stitching.

Not a lot of progress, but I got the chance to finish the centers of the last two flowers and start the petals on one flower. I will write a longer post next week once I've stitched more but I wanted to share a picture since I'd already posted this on Instagram.

By the way, it's pouring rain outside and I love it. I can't wait to go home and get more stitching time on Hana =D