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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Outlining techniques-Part 3

Next in the series of outlining methods - Chain stitch. I love this stitch because it is so simple to do and the outcome is so beautiful.


I've stitched the petals with chain and the base with back stitch. There are so many variations of the chainstitch that could be used for outlining. Couple of years back I'd done a sampler with just the chain stitch variations. No other stitches were used. Here are the pics


The top portion. The border lines are the different variations of chain stitches


The entire sampler. Click here to read the post on chain stitch sampler

So far I've posted 4 methods of outlining - stem,outline,split and chain. I tried a few more - some came out well while some not so. Will tell you about it in my next post.

Outlining techniques-Split stitch

Once I finished up on the stem stitch and outline stitch , the next stitch on the list was Split stitch. I knew the stitch theoretically but had never ever tried it on cloth. Here's the attempt.


I used 4 strands of anchor cotton floss. This one tested my patience, since I had to try and split the strands by half. I did try but haven't adhered to it so strictly. Does it show?

Tip : Always use even number of strands - 2 ( for fine line), 4 (heavier),6 (very heavy line) so that you can split the threads by equal number for the stitch.

This is the third method for outlining.For the first two methods,click here. Next methods coming up soon.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Back to basics-outlining techniques-Part 1

Why back to basics?

After numerous bullions,castons,filling and padding techniques of BE, I needed something simple and so I started working on outline methods.

The idea was to fill a plain pillowcase with only outlined flowers thus consolidating all the outlining techniques in one.

I started off with the most common method - Stem stitch. I free handed a pattern from Mary Corbet's Needle'n thread and stem stitched its outline. This stitch is one of the easiest ones to learn ; the only stumbling block is sharp curves - well, in that case concentrate on your embroidery more rather than the TV ;) and take small stitches. In the flower below, I preferred ending the stemstitch at the sharp tips and starting again.
Tip :
Always keep the thread to the left of the stitching line. Take small stitches at the curves.


If you've noticed, the petal on the top right seems slightly disfigured - I tried to change the shape of the petal in between and messed up.

Then I did the next method - outline stitch. Isn't the choice obvious?
Not much problem here,except for the fact that I'd to remind myself that I was doing outline and not stem.

Tip :
Always keep the thread to the right of the stitching line. Take small stitches at the curves.

The third pic is a combination of both outline and stem - bigger petals are in stem and the small petals at the back are in outline.I used up all the bits and pieces of threads leftover - hence the multiple colors.When I started off (blue thread) I tried going around the tips with small stitches,but the tip of the petal became blunt. Then I tried ending the line of stitch at the tip and started off again to the other side.It worked fine.

Thus ends the stem stitch/outline stitch saga.Will tell you the other methods I used in my next few posts.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Back in action with BE Bullion sampler

Hi everyone!!!

Loooooooooooonnnnnnnnng time!!! Thanks to all who put in there best wishes for the workshop . And thanks to all the silent readers..I know your good wishes too are there with me..ain't so,ladies?

Yes, the workshop went well. The participants learned quite a few things and got frustrated with rayon threads :) They were so used to cotton yarn that they were yanking and pulling the BE threads just as they do with the others.The number was less-due to many cancellations since it was vacation time - but I don't think I could've managed a large number of people. Lesser the number, better one can teach and better they learn. But by the end of it I was sort of saturated with BE and didn't want to do it for some time - infact didn't want to touch needle and thread at all. Hence this gap in posting.Hope that explains :)

A couple of days back I took up my needle and thread to finish of the bullion sampler Iam working on . I added a few more flowers to it. Here it is -

French hydrangea and wisteria(right side). I made a wrong choice of thread for the wisteria .It looks kinda heavy. Should've gone for fine thread .

April flower


Here's the long shot.
Looking at the pic now , I think a couple more flowers could be added.Let me see what more can I come up with. Here's the pic of the other side .

Hope you enjoyed my return ;)
Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa



Friday, April 03, 2009

Basic sampler for workshop - Brazilian embroidery

Today I stitched overtime to finish off the sampler for the workshop tomorrow.Before you see the pic and form an opinion - let me just offer an excuse for the weird shape and the design of the sampler :)
Well , budget constraints of the participating members forced me to make up a design myself - no one was ready to spend 1000+ Rs for the kit .With 1000 Rs we can buy a few weeks groceries ;) Besides,the cost of the Rayon threads have given them a shock from which they'll take time to recover.
So I wanted something that would teach the very basics of BE to absolute beginners. Being not very talented in drawing ,I somehow managed a simple pattern. The pattern is not as polished as the typical BE patterns , but once you stitch this one you can be confident that you've learnt the basics. Why spend thousands of rupees on a piece of cloth with some strands of thread? If I were to distribute a specific pattern, I need to think of copyrights too. I guess, my way is the best way.
There's only one problem though - no one will like to frame this ,ha,ha. Here's the pic. Don't tell me that I didn't warn you :)


It'll let you practice approximately 15 stitches and 10 techniques with these stitches.Tomorrow the ladies will come (some travelling overnight to reach here) and I hope they are not disappointed.

Some finishing touches need to be done,but I've put it off for tomorrow. Or may be I wouldn't do it at all.

Will see you after the workshop,

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa