Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Last Needlecase - Hapsburg

I've finally finished my needlecase challenge for 2010.   This month I decided to try another counted thread stitching technique that was relatively new to me.  I have seen some references to this type of work, ie Hapsburg Lace stitching, but very few patterns.  There are kits available on Tanja Berlin's Website, more of the 'sampler' kind, and on canvas.   I set this design out in a quad ruled pad, roughly, and began stitching from the top right hand corner.  I've used Lugana 25ct, and stitched with Finca Perlé #16.   I hope this photograph gives you an indication of the overall pattern.  The fabric I've used for the background is my inner lining, with hot pink wool felt for the needle pages.

There are only a few simple stitches for this technique - Smyrna stitch, round eyelet stitch, and a mosaic filling [which is essentially a double running stitch, slanted].






The raw edges have been turned under, corners mitred and finally I've stitched Antwerp edging stitch to finish the needlecase.  The lining has been inserted in exactly the same way as November.   I really like this technique, and feel I would do more in the future.  Thank you again to everyone who has followed the progress of this challenge, and made the time to comment.  I have not had a moment to catch up on my usual blogs, so please bear with me my friends.  Cheers.  

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

So nice, once again, Linda! I do like the look of that technique. Something to file away in my brain to try some time.

Laurel

Robin Mac said...

As usual, this lives up to your very high standard - you do the most beautiful embroidery Linda. Know what you mean about blogs, I am reading this because blogger won't let me load any photos on my blog at present so I got in a huff and thought I would look at some others rather than blog with no photos. Cheers, Robin

Tracey said...

Linda,
You have done such a lovely job on this, congratulations on completing a years worth. You'll have to tell us what next years challenge is!
Best Wishes
Tracey

DIAN said...

Linda, how beautiful. I am still working on my last 2 needlecases but Santa is a priority. I too am miles behind with my blog reading.

I have enjoyed seeing what you have produced throughout this year and being able to participate alongside you.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, This needle case is sooooooooo very beautiful. I love the color and the unique stitches are truly very pretty. Hugs Judy from Blustery, Wintery Michigan. Can I come to visit?? VBG

Frances Leate said...

Linda another lovely needle case - you have excelled yourself! Happy stitching!

fabriquefantastique said...

Looks as if you enjoyed making that....beautiful color

Iceni UK said...

Linda
Pink and delicate stitches is a perfect way to end your needle case embroidery journey. The needle case is so pretty.

I have loved learning all about the techniques you have used and to see so many beautiful pieces of work has been a joy.
Thank you.
Warm hugs from a cold England.

Juliettecherry said...

This is a beautiful needlecase, as they have all been. It is a new technique to me, but I like it a lot.

Well done for completing your whole year of needlecases, it has been a joy to follow your progress.

Katherine said...

This is so beautiful Linda! I've enjoyed watching you work through the months and now you have twelve very beautiful needle cases

Anonymous said...

Oh my but that is pretty. You did a wonderful job on creating your pattern and the embroidery is perfect!

Can't wait to see what you have in store for next year.

Linda A in Ontario's Winter Wonderland

Karyn said...

Oooh so pretty Linda. Congrats on managing to fulfill your 12 needlecases in 12 months, i am very impressed. they are all so lovely and what a good way to try out new stitches.

Jensters said...

Linda i love this type of stitching and the colour you have choosen is very pretty....wonderful needlecase yet again. Oh and thank you too for always supporting me in everything.
Hugs Jennie x

Julie said...

Beautiful as always Linda. Congratulations on completing your challenge. All are gorgeous - looking forward to seeing them 'for real'.

Di's Quilting and Craft said...

Very lovely needlecase Linda. I was wondering why I wasn't catching up with your blog when this needlecase appeared on SF. I left bloglines when it looked like folding and then went back to it and I hadn't entered your blog in to follow. Have rectified it now, so will be keeping up with all your beautiful stitching.