I'm very pleased to share page 2 of the stitch journal, not long organized and into the folder, phew!! Remember, I'm not aiming to have the most creatively stitched samples in the 'class', just a simple and tidy way to have stitches ready for taking along to sewing days [you never know when someone wants to learn.........].
Week 5 had us working herringbone. I used a Finca #16 perlé thread, and overstitched a little cross [in Glisten Gloss metallic] where the herringbone did the little cross-over thing. I like this all-over effect, and think this would make excellent trim for cuffs on a blouse, or even a plain feature at the top of a bag.
We then moved on to chevron, which is one stitch that I've done over and over again. It's one of the basic stitches used in smocking. Again I was looking for an overall effect, and again found this quite pleasing. The thread is DMC stranded [3 strands, and 1 strand for the fillings]. I dyed this thread myself using two Dylon cold water colours. It's a really lovely thread for 'garden' embroidery.
Moving along to week 7 - an old favourite, detached chain or lazy daisy. The thread is #8 perlé Minnamurra, dragged out of the box after years and years in exile!! The little centre 'flowers' were formed with the tying part of the stitch extended quite a deal. I often use the 'fan' formation along a seam if I'm doing some crazy patchwork, with added straight stitches and beads.
Finally, plain old continuous chain stitch, which I have to say isn't one I like all that much. I can't give any valid reason for that. These threads were some more that had languished in the bottom of a thread box for a number of years. I purchased them from Ken Smith, Brisbane, and have used them from time to time for bobbin work in free machine embroidery. I've worked rows of chain, and interlaced, just rows of chain, and some chain with double weaving/running, which actually makes a great high relief outline stitch, something I think I will use in the future.
I hope this set of four stitches will pass for my TAST effort, and hopefully I'll do something exciting for the next page......... I'm also preparing fabrics for some small premmie baby quilts - in between mowing, garden duties, and ferrying hubby from one paddock to the next as he's trying to plant fodder grasses.