Friday, 17 October 2008

Are You Bored?


I do hope not because I am still enjoying stitching on this little design. This picture turned out better than the last as you can see the individual snowflakes this time though the colour of the fabric was probably more true on the last photo. I have not forgotten the snow on the tree by the way I just fancied having a go at stitching the letters which I have not done in plain white but in Dinky Dyes Mother of Pearl silk. Angela asked "I've never worked out how if they are in the middle of an otherwise unstitched part of the fabric how you stop them coming undone without creating knots." I do not find this a problem but then I usually start with a pin head stitch then make my cross and put two tiny stitches in the back and cut the thread. I have never had any problems with doing individual stitches this way. Also once you get the hang of using a pin head stitch, which is incidentally a very strong starting stitch, it is so much quicker and easier and far less wasteful than starting with a waste knot and though I sometimes use a loop start to begin this is not possible when using varigated and hand dyed threads. When I first started doing this I left a little "tail" which was cut off afterwards, but now i just pull the thread to almost the end so there is nothing there to cut off later.

Well Keith is home, he finishes at lunch time on a Friday, so I am off to have a chat and a coffee with him whilst we decide what the afternoon plan is.


may your frogs stay in their ponds

12 comments:

Sally said...

I could never get bored with anything you stitch, Helen, and this one is no exception. I love it!

Kathy A. said...

that is sooo beautiful. The camera did a much better job of picking up the colors. Thanks for the info on the pin head stitch. Will give that a try.

Ann T said...

It looks lovely against that colour fabric and no! I'm not bored, lol.

Tracy said...

It is looking just lovely, very stunning with the white and I love the pine tree!

staci said...

I do love this :) Love the Dinky Dyes...it's absolutely perfect!!!

Irene said...

How can one get bored looking at this lovely design. The mother of pearl silk looks nice.

Nicola said...

Your needle must be red hot Helen, you've done so much. It looks beautiful. And I never tire of looking at other peoples stitching.

Lana said...

This one is beautiful!!! Never bored of looking at gorgeous stitching!!! Love the progress! Can't wait to see more!

Karan said...

Far from bored - this is a lovely piece Helen. :0) Thanks for the pinhead stitch link, it'll come in very useful. BTW, what fabric are you using for WW?

Clare - Aimetu said...

I love this piece and am never bored seeing your stitching or reading your blog. Thanks for the link too - very useful - thanks.

Christine said...

Nope, not bored at all ;)
It is looking absolutely lovely, the DD silk is very effective.
I must try that pinhead stitch some time

Andrea said...

I have this in my stash so I am by no means bored. You are making great progress on it, so I shall look forward to seeing more of it.