texture and color
I really tried to keep up with this on a daily basis. And I didn’t even commit to a finished item, just that days worth of work. But I don;t think I can keep up with any project daily… Just too busy… kids (one sick this week), other things that need to be done. And sometimes I just collapse into bed in the evening. Oh, well. But I don;t want to get discouraged… Let’s say a hundred of these in a year? Or maybe once a week, which would make it 52? You can see how well I can plan ahead… 😉
I believe this is called an Raised Fishbone Stitch.
Same stitch, worked different ways to produce different effect.
I made this one up. I am sure it has a name but I don’t know it. This is seriously calming…
Bad light… But you get the idea… I think I am a little obsessed with needle weaving.
silk and cotton on linen
I tried a couple of things… at the top – I tried to replicate knitted linen stitch. I like that stitch especially in variegated yarn. The circle was made by laying down perpendicular lines of yarn and then securing them down to the linen with cross stitch at intersections. Circle outlined in backstitch. And in the middle – some plaited stitch again. I love the pattern this yarn makes.
Silk and cotton on linen.
More couching. This time free style, using variegated silk yarn and cotton embroidery floss.
I wonder what this would look like if the yellow thread was thinner?
I cannot do little projects. I just cannot. Just a few stitches here and there… not very exciting. So, change… plan *a* project, however big it is… work daily… post when there is progress, or a new stitch to show. This is what I did on day 2 and 3.
Better than yesterday. But it slow going and not as good and neat as I wanted it to be.
A lot of people are starting new projects with the beginning of the year. For a second I felt I needed to do it to. But what? And history shows I cannot stick to a long term project. So the next second I said, naaah…
Then I browsed the Guttenberg Project books and came across a very old needlepoint book. It had very blurry pictures of something called Couching, and Laid Work. So there was another second of me thinking I could do an embroidery project. But wait, it was already jan 12. Can I start that late?
Of course I can. I can do whatever I want. So today I made this. After googling a bit. And pinteresting a lot. And now I have all these ideas in my head. The problem, of course will be in keeping up. So I will not commit here to doing it every day, even though I will try. Hard.
Humble beginnings. This is called Laid Work (at this point I am not sure whether this is same as crewel?), more particularly Plaited Stitch. Tutorial here. Several problems… working too tight, used muslin instead of linen, but it doesn’t look sooo bad, yes? It has potential… And a project like this is portable, which is always good.
But what should I call this project? Any suggestions?