Sunday, 19 May 2013
Go to Pin Tangle for a description of how to work the stitch.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
I'm not much of a trend follower, but when I do decide to join in I generally don't do it in a timely manner! And so it was with the Scrappy Trips Around The World. It all began several months ago when one of the blogs that I follow mentioned a craze that was sweeping Instagram - #scrappytripalong. I was intrigued so I had a look and thought it was interesting, but not being a quilter that's as far as it went.
In the meantime I had bought several cushion pads that were going cheap from IKEA, which I then left piled in a corner. About a month ago I decided it was about time I made some cushion covers for them and the scrappy-trip-along came to mind. It looked so simple and the result looked very pretty so I dived in with gusto. But I soon learned a valuable lesson about precision! Measure accurately, cut accurately and sew accurately, otherwise none of the blocks will line up. After a lot of unpicking, remeasuring and resewing, my scrappy-trip-along cushion was complete.
And so, ta-dah! I really love it. So much, that I can't bring myself to let it be used as an actual cushion, so it sits on the sofa but doesn't get leant on :)
Friday, 19 April 2013
When I first saw the Laced Square Herringbone I thought it had a star-like quality. So I stitched a little night scene: laced square herringbone and cross-stitch stars with a crescent moon over lights from a city. It's not really in proportion, but let's just call that artistic interpretation ;)
As always it's well worth looking at the links in the comments to see all the different interpretations of the stitch. I was amazed by the sheer number of variations that Chitra demonstrated.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
Thursday, 21 March 2013
This band uses a combination of stitches to produce a very decorative band. It is time-consuming but I do like the finished result.
I had planned to stitch something different but in the end I came up with this colourful Easter-inspired egg. The satin stitch was done in Janlynn DFN threads (I don't know anything about them, size or even colour - they came in a value pack with no information, but it's a twisted thread about twice the thickness of Perle no. 8), the herringbone in Aida crochet cotton no. 20, and the weaving in Anchor metallic.
Do head over to Pin Tangle to see how the band is worked. It's well worth reading through the comments to see how people have interpreted the stitch. The TAST FAQ page also lists all the stitches done so far by number so you can easily look at previous examples.
Saturday, 9 March 2013
I am soooo behind with TAST! But determined that I will catch up at some point. Here's my attempt at Inverted Feather Stitch.
I'm happier with the idea than the execution. I think my silhouette is a bit dodgy and as I wasn't using counted thread fabric I should have taken more time to mark out the border to get nice straight edges. Live and learn :)
Pay a visit to Pin Tangle to see the other offerings.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Monday, 4 March 2013
First step was to cut the jeans to the length of skirt that I wanted and then to cut down the inside leg seams.