March 20, 2012

Deborah: TAST week 11 - whipped wheel

Here is an attempt to duplicate a very beautiful motif I found on Flickr but I think I'm doing something wrong wrapping the thread around the outside stitches. Those are long detached chain stitches. Anybody have any advice?
Sorry about the fuzzy photo . This first attempt is okay, I think. I really like the texture of this stitch.

Another detail of my March CQ block on my my blog .

15 comments:

ladyhawthorne said...

Sorry, no advice from me. But I do think it looks pretty!

Debra Spincic said...

It looks to me like you are pulling the wrapping stitch too tight. You might be able to hide a tiny straight stitch to hold the detached chain in place and then do the wrapping.
I think this is a technique that requires some practice to get the right tension.

Barbara C said...

I agree with Debra though I haven't done this stitch yet, but it looks like a tension issue. I think your color choice is lovely.

Judy S. said...

I agree, too; maintaining the correct tension is a big issue with this stitch, and I also think it varies with the type of thread. For me a whole wheel was easier to manage than a partial one; on the partial wheel I also had a problem with the thread pulling and ended up anchoring it as Debra suggested. Whatever works, right?

Deborah McLaughlin said...

You're probably right & I'll give it another go. The stitch used the chain instead of straight stitch - once the "spokes" are covered, up to a point, you supposedly then pull the chains apart to create a kind of web effect...hard to explain, and probably beyond my skills but what the heck.

jenclair said...

Oh, that sounds interesting, Deborah. I didn't even notice that the spokes were chain stitches until you mentioned it!

Deborah McLaughlin said...

Here's the link to the real thing:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/linmoon/491507641/in/faves-32376290@N00/

Can I hope to get even close to that?? ;-)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I hadn't noticed the chain stitching either. I don't think your sample is bad. I found for me that this is a stitch that takes practice and I need lots more. I love your inspiration photo! Thanks for including the link. The variation between hers and yours may basically be due to a difference in type of thread used. Debra's idea is a good one as well.

Debra Spincic said...

First off, to be even allowed to look at Lin Moon's work is a privilege! She is a master embroiderer, in my opinion.


The 1st thing I noticed is that she has alot of chain stitch spines and they are closely spaced. I think that would help maintain the structure better.
It also looks like she is using a fairly coarse or thick thread.

You should try it again because it would be pretty on your CQ block. It's a super interpretation of the stitch.

Suztats said...

Wow Lin Moon's flower is marvelous! I like the colours you've chosen, Deborah, and I look forward to seeing more.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I agree - her work is amazing. The DMC floss doesn't look as nice as what she's using, maybe perle cotton? I'm going to try it in a different thread. I just thought it was so pretty, I wanted to give it a try.

Debra Spincic said...

Looks like perle cotton to me. I thought the DMC had a nice shine to it.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

Right; she does have a lot more spines; I was doing it from memory. I'm going to finish what I've done & try again.

NancyD said...

Wow, Lin's work is amazing.
I agree, I think your thread is beautiful but maybe not heavy enough, but I also don't think you have enough spines which would compensate if thinner thread is used.

Looking forward to seeing your finished product.

I also found the full whipped wheel a lot easier. I wanted to make seashells like in one of Sharon B's. pictures, I even put an odd number of spokes but I just wasn't sure what to do on the two ends. Go over them and then under.... well you know. It's just going to take some playing around with the stitch. I didn't post those failures!

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I've been working on another flower with perle cotton but now I think it was *too* heavy. Still it turned out pretty well considering I am NO LIN MOON. Also did a full wheel, and I really like this one; used variegated thread which makes it very interesting - I think.I will post them tomorrow because I'm going to try one more flower tonight to see if it's good enough to incorporate on my cq block.