Category Archives: surface work

WIP: Overture II (by Kay Stanis)

Today’s featured WIP is Overture II, designed by Kay Stanis. Technique/Materials:  Silk and metal embroidery on congress cloth. The border stitch is a counted couching technique using flat Japanese silk (not fun with winter-rough hands!) and metallic braid. The remainder of the design, except for the background, is done in non-counted techniques. Background:  This was…

Summer Dream progress

I’ve been on vacation this past week, and I’ve enjoyed spending a bit more time stitching. I’ve also been working on stitch study posts, starting to sell off a bit of excess stash on eBay (see the link on the right sidebar), and shopping for nursery furniture and other baby items. Most of my stitching…

Starting Summer Dream

Though I’ve had the fabric mounted on the frame for over a week, I finally put the first stitches in Luan Callery’s Summer Dream on Thursday. Instead of using all of the threads called for in the instructions, I’m trying to use the remainder of some of the colors left over from the companion piece,…

Happy Dance: The Long and the Short Of It

What a fun, yet challenging, beginner soft shading project! I really enjoyed this. At first, I had problems keeping the floche twisted correctly, but it was so nice to work with once I remembered to keep an eye on the twist. The thread has a very smooth finish, so it has a wonderful sheen, particularly…

The Long and The Short Of It, Day 2

Another great day of class, but I’ll have to skip a lengthy description. I’ve got to get to bed so I can get up early to drive 2 hours to the class in Corning! Today we kept working on the long-and-short stitch and did outline stitch for the stems and tendrils.

The Long and The Short Of It, Day 1

This weekend’s class with Marion Scoular is a shading class called The Long and The Short Of It. This piece is small; only about 5″ across. Today we covered satin stitch over a split stitch outline, satin stitch leaves with a center vein, and regular long-and-short stitch. As shown in the photo, in class today,…