Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Working out the knots

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First attempt at bullion knots...I'm so glad there isn't an embroidery jail for those who offend the discipline...but these look like french knots on steroids. 


Below is my third set and I finally got the sequence correct.


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Again, as with the calligraphy, I'm not trying to become an embroiderer...I think in surface applications which explains why I selected the piece of silk paper as a base, (a material I love), instead of the Aida cloth recommended for beginners.  My initial thought was "this red and muddy grays look great together".


I joined the Take A Stitch Tuesdays at Stitchin Fingers (see side bar).  I might make a sampler, I might not.  I'm thinking I'll make postcards, atcs, or just small cutesy framable pieces...just think if I do this for all the 52 weeks...that would be 52 small pieces. 




11 comments:

  1. You made me laugh!! Have fun! Invent new stitches.

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  2. I think they look pretty darned good. Plus, anything in red and grey looks classy!

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  3. embroidery jail - wow. pretty sure I could get a whole novel out of that idea. this is a stitch I have trouble recalling at the muscle memory level. have to keep looking it up in my stitch dictionary and, since I truly suck at following diagrams, it seems to be a perpetual work in progress where I am nowhere near mastery.

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  4. i love that you just try new things...that's the real heart and joy of being an artist, and you are definitely that.

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  5. Love the gray and red- steroids or no, it looks like you are having fun. Keep experimenting, never know what you'll come up with!

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  6. Thanks Mystele, Sometimes I think I should be more settled and focused...but then think, that would cut my fun in half! 



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  7. This makes me feel better Acey because I know you've been embroidering for awhile...I sometimes forget the sequence from stitch to stich.

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  8. Thanks Gerrie and Kristin...I keep thinking I'm going to join a local embroidery guild to learn the "correct" way...this way when I break the rules I can at least say I know what they are ;)



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  9. Beverly, sometimes I think I need to settle down and focus but then I think "why cut my fun in half!"

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  10. I think embroidery is wonderful to use also with my quilts. I go
    needlenthread.com and take some of the hand embroidery tutorials. The steps are simple and you and stop and start whenever you want to. Your stitches aren't as bad as you make them out to be. Pat yourself on the back for trying.
    Carol

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