Wednesday, September 26, 2012

TAST 2012 Week 39 Knotted Buttonhole Stitch and another catch up

I actually did the Take a Stitch Tuesday for this week as well as doing week 34.  If I have time, I will do more "catch up" but my sister is in town and other things need to be done as well.

Here is Week 39:   Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

And here is Week 34:  Linked double chain

I am enjoying doing this on a regular basis again.  I was glad to finish my large project, but I will really consider well next time before I choose to make something that will take so much time.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

TAST 2012 Two catch up stitches

I didn't do this week's stitch for TAST 2012, but I did do two from previous weeks: sheaf stitch from week 35 and pistil stitch from week 37.  I will try to do at least two stitch pictures each week until I have caught up.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tree of Life project is done!

As you can see I haven't been posting any Take a Stitch Tuesday for 6 weeks.  I had to finish my Tree of Life project that was for a crazy quilting contest on Evening Star Designs.  It was to be finished by September 15th.  Well, I did it. But I couldn't have finished it without stopping TAST 2012 for awhile. But I used a number of the stitches from TAST in this quilt.

Here are some pictures of what I did:

This project is 20 inches by 24 inches.  It is mounted on foam core (I used Allison Aller's book as a reference for this).

I used my own design for the four crazy quilt blocks that I put together. The fabric around the blocks was dyed by me.  I also designed the tree that I embroidered on the blocks.

But I pretty much let the rest of the process just come together as I embellished the blocks.  I decided to keep the embellishments mostly the same color as the pieces of fabric that I used because the colors were already so vibrant. I didn't want to cover up the colors of the fabric, but I still wanted to embellish them so that they had a lot of texture.

I used lots of threads for this project (silk, rayon, wool, cotton--flat, perle, ribbon, etc.)

I used some buttons and hundreds of beads, spangles, and crystals.  It really sparkles in the light.  

I also made my own leaves using wool fabric, embroidery, and beads.  Then I attached them with more beads.

I encountered a number of problems.  Some of these I was able to fix.  Some I just have to live with.  Over all it was a great learning experience for me.

Now I can start doing TAST again!!!