March 18, 2012

Susan: CQJP, no TAST

This is not a favorite stitch of mine. I did do two on my block, in a very slender perle #12, but it still seemed so heavy and not at all the airy fairy look I wanted, so I broke my cardinal rule and took them out. I should have photographed them first, but I didn't. They come off quite easily, though!

Instead, I did this:


This I quite like and the arches on top are from a book someone on here forced me to buy. The Stitches of Creative Embroidery by Jacqueline Enthoven. It's a combination of two feather stitches shown on page 107. The little blue one at the bottom is badly done, and tempting me to break that rule again. It's from a sketch on the top of page 128. I like the stitch, but I didn't get it very even. I'll see if I have time to take it out later, or if I just mask it somehow. It looks worse in the picture than it is, but it's bad enough.

14 comments:

Mary-Frances Main said...

I'm totally with you! I actually haven't liked the look of the last couple of stitches - so alas I don't have one to show either.
I hadn't done TAST before, and really wasn't prepared that I might not like stitches, but I guess that's an exercise in exploration too! :)

Mary-Frances Main said...

Oh and PS I LOVE what you did above! Lovely combinations!

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Lovely movement in your stitches and frames silky so very well - really pretty.

ladyhawthorne said...

You gotta do what you gotta do. I've ripped out stuff lots of times. I agree the whipped wheel is probably too heavy for your pieces but maybe you will find another place to do them one day.

Debra Spincic said...

The purple and orange seam treatment is really nice. Can't really see anything wrong with the blue one--nothing that some beads or buttons wouldn't camouflage. In the big scheme of things, I'd probably leave it and move on.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I've been known to rip out a stitch or more. Your feather stitch looks great. Your block is coming along so beautifully. I was originally thinking of combining TAST and CQJP also, and with this stitch I'm glad I didn't. There was a post on Stitchin Fingers that had very delicate flowers created using the whipped wheel and lazy daisies on the ends. There have been similar ones on Facebook also. It is difficult to get delicate, but I guess it can be done.

cq4fun said...

Thanks! I was trying to sort of echo the feeling of the willows where she is.

cq4fun said...

I probably will. There's just one stitch that bothers me by being so much shorter. I'll figure out some way to cover it up. LOL

Judy S. said...

Hey, Susan, your stitching looks great, even the blue ones. Know what you mean about the whipped wheel, although I think it has potential as some type of flower. I struggled with making just part of a wheel, that's for sure. To me it's not the type of thing you can drop in just anywhere. I sure wish my feather stitch looked like yours!

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I find beads work miracles! :-) This is beautiful, my untrained eye sees nothing wrong. I agree about the whipped wheel. It does add wonderful texture but probably too much for your delicate work. But I'm no expert. I'm still trying to master something beyond the first attempt at this week's stitch.

jenclair said...

The wheel can be too heavy for some projects. I tried a couple of very small ones with only two strands of floss that produced a lighter look, but still the wheel is not always the right choice, is it?

Barbara C said...

Those arched stitches are very beautiful. I don't have a rule about not ripping out, and I rip when something doesn't seem quite right, but I think your light blue stitches are fine.

Suztats said...

This block is so light and pretty! I might have been tempted to try a lily pad whipped wheel on the water, in the same tones as the water, with maybe a frog sitting upon it. Perhaps in a single strand so that it looks light, too. Just a thought.
I think your stitching has added to the effect of light and airy. It's lovely.

Debra Spincic said...

That's a good idea--the fairy does look like she is looking at something in the water.