September 30, 2012

Cy - A Happy Stitching Week

It has finally stopped raining here long enough to be able to walk in the fields without getting the 'slurpy-slurp' of stuck-in-the-mud welly boots (gum-boots). 

The flowers in the garden are brightly bobbing their colourful heads at me, the plum trees in the orchard have that wonderful white blossom that looks amazing as I stand underneath and gaze dreamily skywards and catch the beautiful glimpse of blue sky as background to the white blossom.

I have to look for the tell-tale signs of newly scratched earth in the undergrowth to direct me to the nesting spots to collect the hidden chicken eggs.
Oh what a merry dance I perform on my daily rounds.
Spring has sprung.

And the stitching.................oh, the stitching.

First, here is the August Block final pic that I missed showing you last weekend ..........

And so onto the stitching done this week on the September block.

This drizzle stitched piece was actually stitched the previous week, but I attached it to the block this week and added all those lovely French Knots to 'embed' it in its new place.
Does it looks like a multi-layered cake or a flouncy ballerina's tutu to you?

Do you remember that 'string art' craze of your youth?
Or maybe you remember it as a required lesson in the math classroom.
It was created by hammering nails into a wooden board and then you had to wind string back and forth to create geometric patterns.
Or you started with a piece of card with perforated holes that you threaded string through.


............. here is my free form stitched version. 

A happy accident that appeared while I was 'playing' on my block this week.  

And now for this weeks TAST stitch.
Week 39 
(at least I think it is week 39, I seem to have lost my memory track)
The Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

And I'm sure you know me well enough by now to know that this Knotted Buttonhole seam is going to get some extra 'Cy embellishing treatment'.

My crochet trim for this block has been created too, but just not added to the block yet, so pics of that one next week. Also, I have stitched most of the butterfly for the central patch, and a few more seams that are half-stitched so far.

This block is progressing nicely, but I'm not sure that I can complete it during this coming week as I have a couple of other project deadlines looming up fast. But at least it is mostly done now.
I'm happy.

Hope you all have a great week ahead.

Happy Stitching

P.S..  I have two people I'd like to give credit to this week, but I can't remember who it is that I wanted to thank.

One person mentioned putting ribbon in the crochet trim on my August block (so I threaded the black ribbon through it and love it even more now), 
and someone else suggested using my drizzle stitched piece on the Sept block. yes, it sure looks good there.

Thank you ..... stand up and be counted, lol,
 Remind me who you are and please forgive my sawdust brain.


Judy S. said...

Mostly done is good, especially since this month disappeared so quickly. Love your "happy accident"! The knotted buttonholes look nice, too.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Always a treat to see your finished blocks and August is no exception. Drizzle stitch piece says multi layered cake to me, but its not hard to see a tutu and your happy accident should come with written instructions. Looking forward to seeing your addition to knotted buttonhole.

Debra Spincic said...

Another feast for the eyes . . .oh wait, that's a layered cake!! LOL!

Such style. Love it!!!

ladyhawthorne said...

Every single part is fabulous but I really like the string art! We had one of a sailboat when I was a kid.

Cy said...

Yes, where did September go?

Cy said...

Oh boy Carol! - instructions for the string art as follows:-
* thread your needle and PLAY *

(Free form stitching = no instructions mwuahaha!!!)

The knotted buttonhole additions are needed I think because this stitch was another of those BLAH moments, e.g. not exciting enough for me, lol.

Cy said...

Would this 'cake' look good stitched with pink icing instead of black?

Cy said...

I shall definitely be PLAYING some more with the 'string art' technique. I rather like the effect.

Debra Spincic said...

Well, Halloween is coming here in the US so everything is black!

Cy said...

Woohoo, black, orange and purple layers hahaha

cq4fun said...

Cake, definitely cake! The string art is a really unique spot, and great with that black fabric. Love your finished August block, too.

Suztats said...

I love everything about your August block! I really like your mandalas, and how that shape is repeated in your crocheted edging. Wonderful stitching!
That drizzle piece looks like a fancy wedding cake to me!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Your August block is amazing. I really like the crochet trim and the effect of the green stitching in formation on the striped fabric. Your drizzle stitch looks like ice cream with chocolate swirled on it. Yummy. Love that string art look! It softens those corners beautifully.

Cy said...

Cake it is then, lol. Thanks Susan.

Cy said...

Thank you Suz. I love my mandalas too, lol.

Cy said...

Hi Connie. Plenty of experimental stitching for me this week.