WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 15

First up, you may remember my first foray with candlewick embroidery and the better-than-french-knot colonial knot (here and here). I finally got it pieced to become a wall hanging. Now I will stash it a way a bit until I get the necessary boards to finish the quilt frame my dad made. Yes, I finally WILL be doing hand quilting. Probably just a basic stitch-in-the-ditch but maybe also not! I have time to ponder it. Plus, that big center section needs something.

Second, Boy always gets me something electronic for doing his taxes. This year, since I joined a gym recently (WHAT), he got me an MP3 player so I might be more obliged to go (my membership is about a week old so I’ve only been twice). I’ve been dying to make a cassette project from Lysa Flower and this gift finally put me over the edge! I ended up making several changes to the pattern because of my mistakes. I problem-solved as I went, which churned up some creative juices. This ended up being a prototype rather than the finished product, I am afraid. It was all going so swell, too, until my MP3 player (that arrived only today, after much sewing had already commenced) didn’t quite fit. I knew the measurements were close, but I just thought luck would be on my side. The opening is maybe a quarter inch too tight. A quarter inch! Ugh! You can see it all twisty here from trying to force it to listen to me. It was quite a brat about the whole ordeal. Clearly, it is laughing at me. You can see it, too, right?

But I actually don’t mind having to redo this – my piecing will be much better; I won’t have run out of matching fabric scraps because I am making changes mid-go; I’ve learned where to avoid mistakes; I have better ideas to employ my personal additions; I will probably add an embroidered message; et cetera. And my favorite part – where my imagination met reality and gave birth to awesomeness – the wrist strap, which doubles as a closure method, wait for it, looks like unwound cassette tape! Huzzah!

Third, this is not a wip-TAST-ic Wednesday, I am afraid. I have not started this week’s challenge, which is the rice stitch, other than to investigate images online and in my books. I believe I will get a big chunk of it finished on Friday though. Fingers crossed I do, because this weekend is quite busy. As are the next couple and then I am away for archaeology. I am beginning to fear TAST may suffer some consequences real soon:/

TAST: Arrow Stitch

Pintangle's Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) by Sharon Boggon

You’ve read about my idea for this here, right? Ok! See all completed TAST posts here.

Last week’s TAST challenge was the Arrow Stitch (or Arrowhead Stitch if stitching vertically). Here is my front and back, for posterity’s sake:

This top portion has several things going on. In the left corner, I was just experimenting with different lengths of the arrowhead stitch (towards the bottom of that light pink, I only stitched one side since the other will be cut away once the pennants are transformed into bunting). Then I played with the same idea, but turned the orange stitches to face each other. The next pink area contains tightly stacked and nested arrowhead stitches. Then I threaded a basic orange arrow stitch with a dark pink thread. Under that, I alternated the height of the orange stitches. I also found I could make geometric shapes fairly easily with the dark pink. Looking at them now, I bet I could add two more well-placed arrow stitches and make a diamond! Then I took light and dark pinks and interwove basic arrow stitches at different heights. The orange along the bottom simply stacked different sized arrow stitches.

I wanted to also contrast the top portion with more simple uses of the arrow stitch. So, in dark pink, I simply offset two rows of arrow stitches. In orange, I stacked two rows to give a very similar (though different sized) diamond shaped effect. And the bottom row are still just basic arrow stitches, tightly stacked in different colors.

For the motif, I stuck an alligator in a pond, with some flying birds and a bare bush to fill in the environment. 

And as always, the title portion. It is clear I needed some practice with my stitch lengths and angles here, but I think I got it down now!

With TAST, I am learning that while there may be ways to cheat and make the front look a certain way, if you don’t do the stitch correctly, you waste a lot of thread. And sometimes you waste time or add frustration. Being self-taught, I haven’t always looked up how to do things “right” because if the front looked right, I didn’t care nor understand that there was a “right” way. TAST is awesome and so is Sharon! That being said, I still do things the way that is most comfortable to me, and every stitcher I’ve come across agrees that that’s the best way!

Library Updates

Just a quick note about some changes I made in the Library.

First, I added a gallery of my favorite projects as well as popular posts (now that I am beginning to understand how to read google analytics). I think it would be helpful for new visitors to see easily if my little corner of the internet would be interesting enough to follow. Hey – I’m a realist, ok?

I marked Recipes as “archived”. Who am I kidding? Recipes, ha! I don’t cook. I lucked out in my choice of life partner for that;) 

I also tentatively marked Games as “archived” because although I still play them, I just haven’t posted about them. Which is a little ironic because one of my biggest all-time pages is my review for Arkham Horror. Seems like there is an interest in board game reviews by ordinary people. I might come back to it – I do still try to take photos of each new game I play for this very purpose. So, time will tell for that.

As far as Links, I last updated it in 2015. I need to remove the abandoned sites and add the few I’ve found since. I currently follow exactly 100 people through Feedly – but even some of them have bailed so before I just copy them to the Library, I want to sort through them all. I’ll get around to it… some day. It’s a good day in my feedly app if I have more than two posts to look at. My, how times have changed! Where did all the bloggers go? :(

So, on that note, could you do me a favor? Do you blog? Are there blogs out there that you adore for crafty pleasures? Please share them with me!!