Category Archives: surface work

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

And he’s all I have to show for the past few days of stitching! Two more mitten fronts to stitch, and then assembly. Without the time needed to write a blog post each day, though, I’m hoping to get these done over the weekend! Maybe I’ll set a recent record for my own start-to-finish time!

Three Down…

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…and three to go! I still have to add embellishment to the cuffs and do the final assembly of each mitten, but the individual design for each of these is complete. That’s all for tonight. Enjoy!

How To Start a Thread for a Line of Stem Stitch

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Sometimes it’s challenging to figure out exactly how to start a thread. The two most common methods I’ve seen are to use an away waste knot (to allow the stitching to be tied off later) and simply using a waste knot in the path of the stitching. When you’re stitching a line of stem or…

A Quick Christmas Project

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Okay, I know there will be a lot of eye-rolling on this statement, but I’ve started a new project. Yes, I know. I have God-knows how many in-progress pieces, and plans for more in the new year, and I’ve started another. But I have a good reason! (Can’t we always rationalize a new project?) I…

Striking fear into a counted-thread lover’s heart

Two words:  RANDOM and NATURAL. Those two words are part of the reason that Cinders has lingered in the WIP pile. While most of the design is counted, her hair is not. The hair is stitched in three shades of DMC floche using stem stitch, and it’s up to the stitcher to place those lines…

WIP: Picnic Hampered! (by Kathy Fenchel)

Today’s featured WIP is Picnic Hampered!, designed by Kathy Fenchel. Technique/Materials:  This piece uses traditional needlepoint stitches combined with surface embroidery and stumpwork techniques. It is stitched on Congress cloth, primarily with cotton threads. Background:  Kathy Fenchel taught this project at our regional EGA seminar in May 2007. I am stitching it primarily as designed,…