Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pina Colada


I have not long finished my third piece for the Sumptuous Surfaces class, run by Sharon http://www.pintangle.com/  And, yet again, I've made a folder sleeve using my piece as front adornment.  I have had such fun working the samples for this class, and also learnt a lot of interesting features about stitching, ie viewing and using stitches in different ways.

I am including a good close-up of the pineapple, so if you click onto the file and see it in it's original format you can get a good look at the stitch.  This stitch is called Vault Stitch, found in my Mary Thomas' Dictionary of Stitches.  It's original purpose is for canvas stitching, but bring it down to a finer level, mix up your thread colours, and hey presto, great texture for pineapples in my opinion.

I'm not going to go through the whole journal making procedure yet again, but will show you the back, so you can see how I've crinkled up the abaca tissue, lightly sprayed it with gold Moon Shadow Mist [a product purchased from my favourite store - http://www.thethreadstudio.com/  and just a small amount of machine quilting.  I'm not sure if the photographs will do the Moon Shadow Mist justice.  It adds just that flecked gold lustre to the surface of the folder.  I just love it This abaca is a slightly aqua blue/green, with golden yellow-brown mottling.  I tried to take some of the 'blue' off it via the Moon Shadow spray.

And in my usual style, I managed to find something reasonably suitable for the lining.  I've had this green/yellow mottled/ringed fabric for ever so long, and thought it blended fairly well with the journal colours.  I did not buy one single thing to make this journal.   It all came out of my stash [not sure if I should actually gloat about this..............LOL].

Thank you all so much for the interest in my stitching.  I'll be leaving this course behind now, and moving on with more knitting, crochet, and other counted work, but really must clear away all these green and yellow threads!!!



10 comments:

Radka said...

Wonderful result, Linda! It really shows your skills so well:) I like the design, stitches you used, threads, colours, well, I just love everything about it! The back cover looks fantastic, very well made. I think you have done so well to use your stash only, that is not always easy, the temptation to buy extra materials is usually too great :))

Katherine said...

That is a wonderful stitch for your pineapple. I have really enjoyed seeing what you have done for the online course.

Robin Mac said...

It is all looking just wonderful, yo must be really happy with the course Linda. Cheers

Frances Leate said...

Absolutely brilliant Linda and another triumph for you. Every aspect of the project works beautifully and I just love the colours you have chosen. Journal covers are a really good idea. Take care.

Karyn said...

Your pineapple is really clever Linda. But, are you sure thread studio is your favourite shop?????? Only joking ;D
You look like you are having a great time in your class.

Dianne said...

You are right. The stitching is perfect for the pineapple. What is that thread on the stitching around the edge? That abaca stuff is really neat and I love the way you have toned it down with the mist stuff. Must go shopping at the Thread studio once more:-)

Anneliese said...

I love your pineapple-stitching. And the whole class was a great win for you and for your readers probably as well.

jen said...

Gosh Linda your pineapple looks fantastic!!
The vault stitch looks complicated to do and it looks perfect.I'm happy you shared this class with us. Just loved all the journal covers.

DIAN said...

Linda, goodness I don't know why I haven't commented on this before. I have read the post and no doubt my mind wander off somewhere else. So sorry.

The pineapple is gorgeous - what a great choice of colours and stitches.

I know how much you have enjoyed this class and it is good to see that you have made something useful.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

good Morning Linda, Wow, Your sumptuous stitch Pineapple is fantastic. Lovely stitching and the colors are wonderful to make it look soo real. Great Job. Hugs Judy