February 26, 2012

Mary-Frances: TAST Chain stitch and my workplace

This is my TAST (take a stitch Tuesday) stitch for this week, the motif is from Carol Samples book, “Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches” and I’m really pleased with it: image
I used basic cotton thread – variegated for the chains in the circles.
I’m open for suggestions on how to embellish that dyed lace butterfly (you can see quite a bit of it here). It seems to me like it needs beads or ribbon or something. Thoughts?

And here's my workspace - LOVE my stitching chair:

Here's my sewing area - somewhat neglected as I really love hand-stitching the best.
 This is my storage - those wardrobes are full of fabric and that bookcase is stuffed full of UFO's - crazy eh?


15 comments:

jenclair said...

Love the circle motif, Mary Frances! And thanks for letting us visit your workspace!

Barbara C said...

Your motif is very nice Mary-Frances, and I also like the purple border stitching you did. I'd probably bead the "holes" in your lace butterfly: perhaps clear beads just to add some sparkle.

That's a cool Mexican movie poster above your chair. The expressions on their faces are classic.

ladyhawthorne said...

Your triple circle motif is lovely and I really like the bars and cross loops below, it reminds me of music notes on a page. Looks like a comfy chair for stitching too!

Debra Spincic said...

Nice to see one of Carole's drawn examples come to life. Very pretty!

Mary-Frances Main said...

Barbara, the poster is of some old Mexican silent film stars - I just love it - got it from a silent auction years ago!

thanks on the idea on the butterfly! That was kind of what I was thinking too!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Your circle motif is very nicely stitched. I like the variation in color and the added stitching in the center of each. I agree with you as I prefer to do handwork as opposed to machine stitching. That looks like a comfy place to do handstitching too!

Peacock said...

I remember seeing the bars and cross loops in another photo, turned 180 degrees and thinking that the bars and cross loops made me think of flocks of birds on telephone wires! Love it!

Peacock said...

Silent film stars...silent auction! How fitting! Heh!

Peacock said...

Gorgeous stitching, gorgeous colors! I love how the varigated thread turned out so that the white patches are right where the circles overlapped! Synchronicity, I imagine, unless you planned that somehow? Well, I think it adds nicely to the overall effect, as if the overlapping circles are made of light and are teaming up in the center to create a space of brightness.
The motif is fabulous! I really have to get myself a copy of that book!!!

Peacock said...

P.S. I love your workspace! It is very much like mine in some ways. ... which means I guess I love my workspace too! :)

Cy said...

I, too, thought those twisted detached chain stitches look a bit like music notes.
Very nice design of chain circles. I can also see that arrangement could also be developed to make a three leaf clover.
Love your cosy arm chair for hand-stitching, and your studio sewing place is luxuriously spacy too. Lucky girl.

Judy S. said...

That does look like a comfy chair to stitch in! Love your 3 circles, and I think the butterfly would love some beads!

cq4fun said...

Oh, I see the birds on the wire from . . . Bond's book? I love your chair! The butterfly seems to need big beads - maybe amber color? You did a great job on the intertwined circles. I like the embellishment in the center, too.

Suztats said...

Your chair looks very comfy. Too bad the doors are closed on those cupboards...I'd love to drrol over some fabric eye candy. The circles are great, and I would probably add some metallic thread to the butterfly for a wee bit of sparkle.

NancyD said...

Mary Frances
Your motif is lovely.
You might just put some small sparkly iridescence small beads on the butterflies wings to give it a little sparkle and see how you like it. Something shimmery.
Yes, I know all about the UFO's and the closet full of fabric!!
Handwork has also really become my favorite and those quilts... well someday. I have got to figure out how to sell fabric on Craig's list or E-bay. Somebody must want some of it!