July 8, 2012

Angela ~ Bonnet Stitch, Ugh

Bonnet stitch is kind of round on the bottom and pokey on the top.  I thought it would make a good stem for the strawberry drawing.  Then things went horribly wrong.  I stitched and ripped out at least 7 times.  I could not get this to work but I wasn't about to give up.
I finally found a worked example with large enough stitches that I saw where I was going wrong and was finally able to do it right.  This was right before Debra sent out the additional illustrations.
BUT, I don't like how it turned out at all so the border I had planned is missing.  I disliked this stitch that much.  I will never use it again.  I guess everyone has one of those stitches.
In order to have a colorful page I used prismacolor pencils again as I did on the Sonny & Cher page.
July 3, 1806 is the date that Michael Keens exhibited the first cultivated strawberry in the US.  They had been cultivated in Europe since the 1750's when the first garden strawberry was bred in Brittany France.  Wild strawberries grow most everywhere in the world, even in the Himalayas.

Progress so far on the journal:
There are 4 pages to each section or folio that will be stitched together.  Then each of those folios will be stitched together.  At least that's the plan.


Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Really scrummy Strawberry you want to eat it. Great seeing your pages together, what a super way to have a permanent reminder of TAST and so very original. We get more for our money - stitches and tit bits of history, thanks Angela.

Judy S. said...

I'm so glad strawberrie were cultivated! Loved seeing all of your pages together, Angela; what a neat book you're going to have! Nice stitching with the ugh-stitch. It's not one of my favorites either.

Debra Spincic said...

Great looking strawberry and flower! Sorry the stitch didn't work for you-maybe in another time and place.

Cool seeing all the pages to date. This is going to be some memorable year in needlework.

Suztats said...

I love strawberries! Yours look good enough to eat.
Your journal is going to be fab!

Cy said...

Yum! love strawberries.
Sorry you didn't enjoy this stitch, but it's okay not to like a certain stitch because there are so many other stitches that you can enjoy instead.
Your stitch page this week is still a work of art Angela. Well done for persevering with it.

Peacock said...

Your strawberry looks great. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy bonnet stitch! Yes, everyone has "one of those" stitches at some point in their development. Mine had been bullion stitch and French knots, but then I made friends with them somehow and now I like them quite a lot and use them all the time! Maybe bonnet stitch will make friends with you some day, maybe not. There are a lot of great stitches in the world and no one needs to use every single one!

CarolynnS said...

Your journal is great! I wish I'd thought of the project in this way--such a good way to document the stitches we're learning!