30
Nov 15

Another 10 weeks of TAST – week 11 – 20

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11. Whipped wheel

 

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12. Barred Chain stitch

 

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13. Satin stitch

 

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14. Stem stitch

 

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15. French knots

 

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16. Weather stitch

 

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17. Crossed buttonhole stitch

 

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18. Half chevron stitch

 

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19. Bullion knot

 

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20. Butterfly Chain stitch

 

Week 1-10: Summery


29
Nov 15

20. Butterfly Chain stitch

Still another difficult stitch for flowers and leaves but at least I gave it a try.

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For other motives  this is a nice little stitch, Butterfly chain stitch. It is quite easy and it can be worked in various ways. Here are my first attempts from TAST 2012.

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Links:
Week 20
How to make Butterfly Chain stitch
Google picture search
Highlights


21
Nov 15

19. Bullion knot

Bullion knot is a wonderful stitch which improves the ugly flower from last week.

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They are perfect for rose buds.

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Or rather perfect for any flower.

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This week I have started embroidering new flowers. Bullions is a good start.
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I love all kinds of knots.  Here are some pictures from previos works. At first my handbag.

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You have already seen the next picture on  French knot page.

The pink/mauve circles are connected by Bullion knots. The green ”worms” are also Bullion knots. The other stitches are different kinds of knotted stitches.

There are Bullion knots of different lengths on this area. The pale blue Bullion knots are my first Bullion knots ever.

The blue oval bellow is filled with dense, rised Bullion knots, and to the right there are Bullion knots surrounding a single French knot.

The handbag embroidery is all in wool.

I also tried Bullion knots on denim swatches:

Links:

Week 19
How to make Bullion knots
Google picture search
Highlights


13
Nov 15

18. Half Chevron stitch

Half Chevron stitch was also difficult to stitch on my Paradise Flowers print. This stitch is better for broders than for flowers. But I gave it a try anyway. The first flower looked better when I added Bullion knots.image

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This leave looks messy and doesn’t photography well. Maybe I can improve it with Stem stitch to hide the black veins. I should have used a thinner thread.

I am not proud of my previous Half Chevron stitch either. In fact I didn’t even get them right. They are Crossed Half Chevron stitch. I simply made a misstake.

Links:
Week 18
How to make Half Chevron stitch
Google picture search
Highlights


08
Nov 15

Indigo på Etnografiska museet

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Gårdagen bjöd på en högintressant sammankomst på Etnografiska museet som handlade om Indigo, Japan och Jeans. Min kurskamrat, Maria, från både broderi- och shiborikurs på Handarbetets vänner har skrivit en fyllig rapport på sin blogg. Jag hänvisar till den för dig som vill veta mer.

Som brodös gladde jag mig särskilt åt bilden från en nålfest, där man högtidligen begraver uttjänta synålar i Tofu. Nålar måste ha en särställning i Japansk kultur och gamla trasiga eller utslitna nålar är inget man slänger hur som helst.

Dagen avslutades med en föreläsning om jeans och jag stärktes i min förvissning om att utslitna jeans inte bör hamna i soptunnan. De kan lagas på det mest fantastiska sätt, klippas i trasor och vävas till vackra mattor eller klippas i lappar som sedan sammanfogas till nya plagg.

Efter gårdagens sammankomst har mina tankar snurrat kring möjligheten att förena mina båda intressen för odling och textil. Vi fick lära oss att den Japanska indigoplantan måste fermenteras för att färgen ska frigöras. Fermenteringsprocessen sänker PH-värdet avsevärt och när man kommit ner till PH 13 är det dags att sätta igång. Då kommer jag naturligtvis att tänka på, att fermentering pågår ständigt i mitt kök, eftersom jag fermenterar matavfall till bokashi, som sedan blir en utmärkt trädgårdskompost. I somras fermenterade jag även ogräsrens och gräsklipp. Tänk om man kan göra på samma sätt med den japanska indigoplantan? Indigoplantan är ganska lättodlad, det är sedan problemen uppstår och kunskapen fattas. Jag har faktiskt odlat indigo för några år sedan men lyckades aldrig få fram någon färg att tala om. Nu längtar jag redan till nästa odlingssäsong, så att jag får testa igen.

Fröer till indisk indigo finns hos impecta.se och bokashiströ hos bokashi.se.


07
Nov 15

17. Crossed buttonhole stitch

Here are my Crossed Buttonhole stitch. I played with the length of the arms to make them fit the flower petals. These flowers need some more stitching. Thanks to TAST a suitable stitch will turn up following weeks.image image

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Many flowers from previous weeks have an edge of Fly Stitch. Long Armed Crossed Buttonhole stitch gives a similar but wilder effect.image

When I followed TAST 2012 I wrote: ”I did a few Crossed buttonhole stitches with two strands of floss on denim. This is a new stitch to me, so I need a lot of training to master it. It was not very difficult though.”

Links:
Week 17
How to make Crossed buttonhole stitch
Highlights


05
Nov 15

16. Wheater stitch

Wheatear stitch is a nice little stitch. It was new to me when i followed TAST in 2012, so I didn’t try to do anything fancy. But I found a little ”diving bird” among my stitches? Can you see it?

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After my first swatch I havn’t used  Wheater stitch until now. Here are some new ”Paradise Flowers”.

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Links:
Week 16
How to make Wheater stitch
Google picture search
Highlights


24
Okt 15

15. French knots

French knots are my absolute favorite among stitches. It is so fun to make and gives a strong impact, besides it’s very beautiful.

I read on somebodies blog (can’t remember whose) that French knots are like salt for an embroidery. If it is dull and boring add a few knots and it immediately gets better.

I made a flower in French dots only. I love them thick and dense.

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These hearts are surrounded by a coached thread to get a distinct edge.

I run a small Bed and Breakfast. For our keys I have made felted balls, some of them with embroideries. This one has dots with dense French Knots surrounded by coached black yarn, all in wool.

The ball is made of small bits of yarn, left over from previous knitting projects and felted in the washing machine. The hanger is a knitted i-cord.

I made a handbag filled with different kinds of knots a couple of years ago. Most of the knots are French knots.

Here is another part of the bag.  Fabric and embroidery floss are from wool.

And here is a denim swatch:

And finally French knots on a dress.

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Links
Week 15
How to make French knots
Google picture search
Google search Swedish
Highlights


20
Okt 15

Stitch Magic

Då och då försöker jag bringa ordning bland mina böcker. Sedan bär jag omkring dem till olika ställen och till slut har jag ingen aning om var de finns eller ens om de finns i min ägo. Flera misslyckade försök att få en ändring ligger bakom mig. Och nu tar jag tag i eländet igen.

Efter att ha sorterat i högar, ställt in i hyllor osv försjunker jag i en bok, som jag för länge sedan glömt att jag köpt.

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Det är Stitch Magic av Alison Reid, som handlar om hur stygn, både hand- och maskinsömnad, kan ge ett tyg en ny form eller ett nytt uttryck. Spännande. Jag får genast lust att testa. Med övningen från kursen textil formgivning i tankarna, där jag lekte med temat ”grovt möter skirt”, vill jag genast gå till syrummet och plocka bland mina tyger.

… eller ska jag fortsätta att läsa? … eller ska jag fortsätta att städa? Vardagen är full av beslut av detta slag.

På nätet finns kompletterande material till boken:
Bilder från boken
Magic Stitch-Along


19
Okt 15

14. Stem stitch

I have done a lot of stem stitches on my practice cloth in many places, for example stems of flowers and veins of leaves.

But the main reason for using Stem stitch from the very beginning of TAST is the smooth and nice outline. Here are some ”Paradise Flowers” from previous weeks with Stem stitch:

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This week I have tried Stem stitch in a new way. I worked them in rows close together as a filling stitch. This flower is Stem stitch only.

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And here are three rows of raised stem stitch.

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And a stem with three rows in different colours.

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My ”Paradise flowers” embroidery will become a pillow in the end. I need edges easy to sew over with the sewing machine to make the pillow case. Stem stitch is perfect for flowers on the edges.

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Bellow are some pictures of previous embroideries. First whitework inspired from old wool, embroideries from  the province of Skåne in the south of Sweden. Those embroideries often have very colourful naive fantasy flowers but I made them white, using white cotton thread on linen instead of wool.

Stem stitch is outlining the whole motif.

And finally a small linen towel all stitched in Stem stitch except for the centre of the flowers, which is Satin stitches with a cross owner them.

Links:
Week 14
How to make Stem stitch
Google picture search
Google search Swedish
Highlights