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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stitching small flowers? - Try this method!!

Here's the bunch of daisies all done !!

As said in the last post, I persisted with DMC Light effects for the purple daisies and Anchor metallic for the green .

The yellow daisies are stitched with Anchor cotton strands and for the double colored daisies I used one strand of yellow cotton with one strand of DMC Light Effect. I found them quite comfortable to work with -on one condition - use short lengths.

So,that's it!!

Or is it?

No, not at all :)

I need to show you those tiny red flowers.

Here's one.

What do you think? Kind of different?

The pattern called for lazy daisies scattered in between the floral bunch. But I was in no mood to repeat them again.So I tried this just for a change.

Do you want to try making something similar?
Its quite simple actually. Here's what I did.
Step 1.

To form a petal, make a straight stitch from the center

Step 2:

Come up in the middle of the petal
Step 3:

Pass the needle underneath the straight stitch without piercing the fabric,keeping the thread behind the needle .Pull and form a knot,but not too tightly. For the more experienced, this is buttonhole stitch on a bar. For these flowers, I made two such knots.

Step 4:

Go down on the other side of the bar. That completes one petal.Repeat this as many times as you want.

Now , what name do we give this flower? Any suggestions?

Well, that's about it for now. I hope next time you'll try out this method for making tiny flowers instead of the typical lazy daisies .

Love,luck and sunshine,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A new designer on the block and a free Brazilian Embroidery pattern

Hi everyone,

A short post to let you know about Sherry of Time for Stitching and the free Brazilian embroidery design "Ribbon and Roses Heart" she has posted at her blog. The pattern and instructions are available there.

Isn't it gorgeous!!

Sherry will soon be taking classes at the annual BDEIG seminar.Let us wish her all the best!!! Hope to see more such beauties from you ,Sherry.

Love,luck and sunshine,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Trying out a new thread on a bunch of daisies

Yes,that's what I am doing now. The project is quite simple - a few daisies scattered here and there.

The fabric was meant to be used as a kitchen towel. After the embroidery, I think I'll use it for a more sophisticated purpose :)

The idea of trying out the new thread came while I was transferring the design. Thanks to a dear friend I was in possession of DMC's metallic range called Light Effects.

Click on the pics to see the actual shine of the threads . DMC has come up with several variations under this metallic range - Jewel, Antique,Pearl and so on and so forth.

Don't these threads look as if a lot of tubular beads have been strung together?

Let me admit - I am no fan of metallic threads. We get Anchor stranded metallics here and everytime I've tried to use them, I've had a hard time. It required all my patience to try this Dori embroidery with Anchor metallic.
So it was with a bit of hesitation that I embarked on this experiment.Here's my trial.

The right purple is anchor stranded cotton and the left one is DMC Light Effect. I've left the picture big enough for you to see the difference,so do click on it. The dark green is Anchor Metallic and the teeny bluish green is DMC. That's the anchor metallic shown below. Does anyone know if Anchor too has a similar range?

Since I had issues with metallic threads before, I changed my strategy a little bit and used only short lengths for stitching. Usually for cotton threads, I use elbow length (from my palm to the elbow). In this case, I threaded only half of that - which means pretty short . But it worked well.I wouldn't mind using them again in my future projects.

Have you tried metallic threads? Did you enjoy working with them? Long back I had seen a peacock worked entirely in metallic and that had inspired me to get the Anchor ones- but me and the threads never got along and the idea was discarded.

Anyways, I need to finish a few more bunches like these and this little piece will be done. The pattern calls for detached chain aka lazy daisy stitches throughout. But I've a slightly different plan. If it works out, I'll show it off in the next post.

Love,luck and sunshine,

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Needle turned Applique - An amateurish attempt

After the white on black project was discontinued , I was wondering what to do with the piece of felt I had cut. I had three choices - to dump it back into the cupboard, use it for some other project or give it to my daughter who would gladly cut it into pieces and spread it around. I opted for option 2.

Since I had enough of embroidering on felt, I chose to applique it on cushion covers. The pink one was my first attempt. Hand applique looks easy,but isn't, especially needle turned method..phew!!

This method is called Needle turned applique because we use the needle to turn the fabric under.No fusible interfacing or freezer paper is used. The only time I have done applique is when I fixed the Brazilian embroidered Peacock on a cushion cover . That was simply done using herringbone stitches on the edges - no folding or turning .

Here is a close up. I've marked the major sore points. I didn't mark the minor ones - coz if I do that you'll see nothing but arrows in the pic..[big grin]
The stitches in applique should be invisible and the frayed edges of the fabric should go under. As a friend of mine said,it takes a while to get the hang of it. So, may be a few more attempts and I'll be good :)
Well,that's about it for now.
Before I sign off, here's a painting which I completed sometime back.

And here are my friends who make it a point to visit me quite regularly.

Love,luck and sunshine,