February 12, 2012

Angela: TAST ~ Chevron Stitch

This week's stitch for TAST was Chevron.  I found in a vintage embroidery booklet that this stitch is also known as the barred herringbone.  The booklet was written by Marguerite Randell who was head of the Training School, Royal School of Needlework, in South Kensington, England.  
I had to really think about how to incorporate the stitch in this week's design that I had already chosen.  I opted to keep it really simple especially since I was not able to stitch for 2 evenings due to sinus headaches.  I created the sky with graduated color, the center section is a mix of 2 colors.
The well known image from the Abbey Road album was my first choice as a design since February 7, 1964 was when The Beatles arrived in New York for the first time.  The Beatles pretty much defined an era, especially of music during my early growing up years.  
My stitching is not all that inventive this week but that's probably a good thing as I  frogged out the first 3 tries on the sky before I got it right.  The fabric is a cafe au lait colored even weave  and the aqua colored threads really look pretty with it.


12 comments:

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Ah, I remember their arrival! Love the colors, the color blend, the stitches and the theme. I look forward to your stories each week.

Debra Spincic said...

One glance & I knew exactly who and what that image represented. Some images are just like that-- another fine example of stitching from you.

Jane said...

Sure hope your feeling better!
This is another great piece, how in the world did you get the Fab 4 transferred to this? This stitch made for the perfect sky and the thread blending you did is awesome. Really clever to include the cross walk too. Super job Angela

Barbara C said...

How wonderful! I look forward every week to seeing what subject matter you'll take on next. Your execution and your subjects are fabulous. Like Debra, I recognized this one immediately.

ladyhawthorne said...

I find an image I like from Google images and print it out the right size. Then I cover the front with clear packing tape to give it strength, use a pencil to rub hard over the back where the outline is, then I use a ball point pen to transfer to the cloth. I tried dressmaker's transfer but it is not clear enough as the aida and evenweave is too bumpy. Just an old school way to transfer an image.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

Yep, no mistaking that iconic image. I'll have to take a picture of the Paul McCartney pin my SIL gave me today! You're work issomething I look forward to every week!

ladyhawthorne said...

Gee, thanks ladies. I must admit I look forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with, it always inspires me.

Suztats said...

I recognized it, too! I think my brother had every album they recorded, and played them constantly. I love the aqua on the cafe au lait, and your execution of the design is fabulous!

Peacock said...

Your use of chevron stitch to accent the Beatles is perfect! it looks very planned, and not at all a case of struggling to make two separate concepts (your pre-planned design and the stitch of the week) work together somehow. Very nice!

Cy said...

Oh yes, here's a moment in history I know about at last, lol. (I'm British you see).

Lovely gradient colour scheme. Excellently planned chevron stitch. You must be our Queen of colour the way you manage your blending of threads so perfectly each time.

Haha, so Connie is Queen of Trees, you are Queen of Blending, haha. Now we just have to find names for our other members.

jenclair said...

My goodness, what memories! I love your outlook and your choices--from King Tut to the Beatles!

Susan said...

Love that block! The Chevron sky is wonderful, and the way you've shaded the threads is great. I guess those of us of a certain age have no difficulty recognizing the Fab Four! Have an album cover somewhere . . . .