June 24, 2012

Cy - TAST wk 25 & CQJP WIP

I have used this stitch in the past, but not too recently, so I used this week as a bit of a 'refresher' stitching time.

I was rather surprised how quickly I had forgotten how to do this stitch, lol. 
I started with two straight rows following a seam on the block. It looked so wrong though, and it took me quite a while to work out what I did wrong - I must not have been concentrating when doing the 'chain' part of the stitch because some chains were twisted and some were not, it looked so uneven that I 'frogged' the lot - and I'm not a person who usually unpicks anything, so that just goes to show how very wrong it was.

So then I stitched these two wavy lines, making sure that I got the working thread coming from the same direction each time, so as not to get any chains twisted like before.

Cable Chain Stitch worked on my Crazy Quilt Journal Project June block.

This is another of my INVENTED seam treatments.
Stem stitch roses and Satin stitch in between them.
I quite like the effect of a band. It's a nice 'solid' seam treatment.

This one started with the turquoise ribbon Running stitch.
Laced to-&-fro with 6 strands of green floss, and a white bead added in each circle.

A motif in one of the patches.
French KnotsSilk Ribbon embroidery, silver metallic thread Straight stitch & V stitch, silver beads.

I have also done a couple of other stitching pieces on the CQ block but I've not got any photos of it yet.
I should be able to finish this block during the coming week so will reveal ALL next weekend.

And I have been 'playing' with fabrics, paints and dyes for yet another project that I cannot reveal until September. (Watch this space with patience, hahaha).

As a follow-up from a previous post on my blog about Life on the Farm - Applemunchers, here is a pic of some more Applemunchers that visit the orchard everyday.

Aren't they beautiful? 
They are very social and vocal birds, and live in small family flocks here in NZ. 
I also saw these in an almond tree today, and as there are no almonds at this time of year I am puzzling over what they were eating.

Happy Stitching


Debra Spincic said...

I like the way you take simple stitches and combine them for maximum impact. Such skill!

Love those birds! MY!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Those birds are so strikingly beautiful. What are they? Those apples look tastey.

Nice curve on your cable chain stitch. It makes a nice border and expands the width to your ribbon. I love your invented stem stitch roses/satin stitch. Your stitching is always so inspiring. Great motif with all the french knots in the center too. I avoided french knots totally before this group and TAST and have now come to really like them.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Every week your lovely stitching is full of surprises and this week is no exception. You've even made the Cable Chain look interesting and your stem stitch/satin stitch combo with the scalloped white edging reminds me of decoration on a wedding banquet table. Running stitches with ribbon is very effective and the SRE flower is stunning. Sarah would like them all on her Mediterranean block, please! Beautiful Applemunchers!

ladyhawthorne said...

Cable chain can be rather plain but you have certainly solved that problem! And the roses with satin stitch between remind me of a Victorian velvet ribbon necklace.
That blue flower is gorgeous too. Along with the apple munching birds.

Cy said...

I don't usually think about combinations as such. I just pick up a needle and start stitching.... 'things' just happen.

Cy said...

The wild parrots are called Rosella's, and that particular apple tree is my 'cookers', and is closest to the house so I can sit on the deck and watch them and listen to their constant chatter.

Cy said...

Thank you Carol, I hadn't even noticed the scallops under the satin stitch combo. It's a basketweave print on the fabric.
Steal away for Sarah, be my guest.

Cy said...

Oh yes, I know the ribbon necklace that you mean. I used to have a black velvet one with yellow & pink roses on, lol. Not that I'm of Victorian age mind you. I wonder what happened to that necklace?

Debra Spincic said...

I remember wearing ribbons tied around my neck in the 70s--throwback to the hippie days, I am sure.

Suztats said...

I am always delightfully surprised with your creative stitching, Cy. I really like your double row of cables that seem to reflect the tones in the gathered ribbon.
Your flower motif is gorgeous, but not as colourful as the Rosella's. lol Must be great fun watching them flutter through the green of the trees.
I remember those black velvet chokers with flowers, dangling charms or cameos.

Cy said...

We are all showing our age now, lol. Ah! memories.

Barbara C said...

Gorgeous stitching all around Cy. That gathered beaded ribbon is lovely, and it's nicely accented by the chain.

cq4fun said...

I don't know which is more beautiful, your stitching or your birds! Both are wonderful, and I simply love the colors you've used here in this block.