February 3, 2013

Patricia Snail St., Chain, & French knots

Here it is Feb. and I am starting a new block.  I tried the snail stitch in the small area , then went to the chain stitch and French knots, am previewing the flower and fan.  Will sew down lace later. 




The center is a silkie of girl leaning against a tree.  I think the next time I use a small sillke I won't trim it down like I did (using the Judith Baker Montano method).

18 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

You have some nice curves started on this block to offset the straight lines. Keep going!

Where's your block from January? Is it done?

Suztats said...

I like the thread you've used for the chain stitch and french knots-it repeats that of the gold/orange fabric on the right. You used some nice shades of the colours in the silkie in your fabric choices.
Is the silkie to be the focal point of this block? If so, I find that that the dark additions (yo-yo and fan) are pulling my attention away from the young lady. But maybe that's just me. I do love that blue.

Stiching4fun said...

Hope to finish it this week then will try to do some more on Feb blk.

Stiching4fun said...

Thanks for your comments, that is why I haven't sewn it on I just wanted to see how it might go plus I didn;t want to misplace them, (I am bad about that).
I had some Susan Lynne Perle Fine threads that I bought years ago, I need to find where I can get some more.

Pat

Cy said...

You are marching ahead now. Great work on this block so far. I like the lace in the curve, it adds an area that the viewers eye can wonder to and 'bounce' back from.
If you need to make the silkie a bit more prominent, you could always add some tiny and colourful French Knots or beads in the undergrowth by the tree, or carefully add some embroidery to the young lady's dress and stitch embroidery flowers in her hair.
Looking good though Pat.

Debra Spincic said...

Please be sure and show us your finished Jan block!

ladyhawthorne said...

I agree with Suz that the 2 dark blue pieces draw my attention. They seem too heavy at this time, but if you are going to add darker thread to your embroidery you do it may balance out. I do like the lace on the curve and that curvy line is great!

cq4fun said...

Rats, I always forget that if I go click on a picture, I lose whatever I typed down here! I love the colors you used, and the gentle curve under the lace. The lace is great and I like what you did with the gold variegated Sassa Lynne. I think I know a site that sells it. Let me check if they still do. I think on the dark pieces, what if you only used the round one and you moved it more to the corner on the gold and reddish fabric? I think both of them make that side too heavy, but one of them might work.

Debra Spincic said...

If you go back to the idea I suggested before of dividing your block into 3rds (visually) then you could move your fan to the opposite corner from the white lace corner (that would be the top right corner). Then, you would have 2 elements with wide open arches.

You have 2 dominant white elements already-the lace and a piece of white fabric so you could add some white around the silk picture. Maybe some white buttons. Again, 3 areas of white moving across the block. And the white fabric would lead to the curved fan.

The points of the lace are pointing toward the picture so if you have the fan in the other corner pointing inside the block towards the picture, you have directed the eye to the picture where you can highlight it with embroidery or embellishments.

cq4fun said...

Place to buy Sassa Lynne: From the maker: Sassa Lynne at Etsy

I can no longer find ANY place in the US, which makes me think I should think about ordering again, and selling it on my etsy. But it's a lot of work to separate all that thread into smaller skeins! They come in 240 meter skeins, and there's a minimum of 20 to buy, so it's quite an investment. I'll keep thinking about it for a while. I think I did 60 of the large skeins last time, and it took weeks to get it all separated!

Stiching4fun said...

If you decide to let me know please.

Suztats said...

Me, too!

cq4fun said...

Okay. If I do, it won't be for a few months yet, late summer maybe. All my "extra" money is going to help son #2 buy a truck for the business he will start this summer.

Debra Spincic said...

I bought quite a few of your hand dyed skeins a few years ago. I've been using them on my Mother & Child piece. Are you going to dye those again?

cq4fun said...

The floss? Probably not. I might do different colors at some point. It's time consuming and so-so expensive. I love the colors, though, especially the triads that went from color to color, not exactly variegated. You know how your life moves on from a place and never seems to quite get back there again?

cq4fun said...

But if you are running low on any colors, I have a few in a drawer. MIGHT have what you need.

Debra Spincic said...

I bought floss and perle cottons from you. Running low? Ha! Ha! My motto is "Use it Up!" on everything I have from fabrics to notions. Very little buying going on here. One characteristic I like so much about quilting is when you run out of something, you can use something else. It serves me well!

Debra Spincic said...

And yes, I understand how life and creativity moves on. I have some embroidery designs I bought when I first got started machine embroidering that hold zero interest for me now. At the time I was hot and bothered to try them.

My creativity runs in cycles moving from one idea to the next and sometimes going back to a previous idea. I call it the 'tumbleweed effect'!