WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 6

Happy Wednesday, all!

First up, small progress on my ribbon R from last week:

The little scroll at the bottom right will be coming out. I already removed the left-most one, and I hoped trying elsewhere would inspire skill. I just can’t seem to get it to bend how I would like. And I don’t have a lot of ribbon to screw around with! Grrr.

Additionally, I’ve been working a lot with Boy so I haven’t been able to craft much at home. Ribbon embroidery, for me, isn’t portable because I really need the crutch of my hoop stand to do the stitching well.

But TAST is portable! This week is the Chain Stitch. I’m almost done with this one, just some sequins and beaded options to add. I’m also a bit disappointed in myself for not getting very creative with my motif (I just stitched a word to illustrate curves, in my poor cursive handwriting, no less – I hate lowercase Rs and Vs!). Plus, the variegated thread didn’t work out well here in my opinion. So, if I feel inspired before I wrap up the last few stitches, I’ll rip it out and try something else. Truth be told, that’s pretty unlikely at this point.

Oh, and our guild met back up for the first meeting of the year last night. I was asked if I’d like to contribute to the education side of things and I said yes! I don’t really know what that means, but I’ll get together with someone before next meeting to learn more. This year’s education program looks fun – boutis is even in the mix and something called huck weaving (or Swedish weaving). I’m excited!

100 Day Project: Days 11-15

Disclaimer: I’ve linked some search results from theCrafties below, and unfortunately I must have broken something a bit ago when fiddling around with the PHP here. So, uh, until Boy can get it looked at, kindly accept my apologies for the links not directing you where they should! :/

11. I have only been to Tuesday Mornings once, and I happened upon a backpack that I fell in love with at first sight. It has served me well through grad school, travel, and now lugging things to work on between home and candy shop or office.

12. I spent the day learning more FreeBSD. I like learning.

13. The head gasket of Boy’s Subaru Forester was leaking when he changed the oil around 80k miles. That shouldn’t be a thing, especially with how nice he treats it: always changing oil, using premium synthetic oil, and never driving it until the engine warms up. It is out of warranty, though. I suggested he call Subaru of America and after googling the issue it did look optimistic that Subaru may front some of the cash. Turns out, they paid for all of it! I fell in love with Subaru when I first visited their plant and found out just how green they try to be. Their appreciation of customers is well established! #Subaru4life

14. I got a surprise package in the mail from my world-traveling brother. He ships things to me to house for his return, and usually includes a small gift of some sort.

15. Boy always cooks for me, even when he isn’t hungry. As much as I love eating, I hate making food. One of our go-to’s is a hot ham and cheese with mayo on toast. Nothing special, but we call it a Croque mon Ham – a reference to a Croque Madame that we had in France. (This one actually had an egg, so it would be more similar to a Croque Monsieur.)

The 100 Day project is proving to be challenging. I have to admit that I don’t usually draw every day. I keep a record of what made me happy, and then when I have the motivation to draw, I catch up. This is perfectly fine for a process, but, kinda like painting, I find drawing to be somewhat boring. So some are less studied drawings (which would help my skill improve the way I want) and more quick sketches just to get it over with (which does help, but not as meticulously with real-life effect). I don’t foresee myself quitting, though, so that’s something! I also signed up for a colored pencils class that starts this week at the library. Maybe I will like drawing more when color is involved? Stay tuned to find out!

TAST: herringbone stitch

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

Front and back, for posterity;)

I just kind of played around with the stitch – nothing too fancy here. I tied some, I overlapped some of varying sizes, and I used some to couch a ribbon.

I began to explore with more fluid shapes, and herringbone, though seeming stiff, actually easily bends around curves. In this example, I just made a row that shrank in size, then threaded it (orange and dark blue). Below that is a ladder herringbone stitch (using a backstitch base in yellow, with light blue). To the left is a few herringbone squares, and the center feature is a laced square sitting over another square at a different angle. The main motif is an icecream cone with pom-poms. The icecream is just tacked down with quilting thread, but the cone is a bunch of overlapping herringbone stitches in a few different browns.

And the title portion – I used two strands and it does look much nicer than previous attempts, though I could still use some practice making the stitches small enough to handle the tiny curves. I also almost forgot to add the basic stitch so I had to squeeze it in. You can’t tell here, and I hope that when all the pennants are lined up together, you can’t tell then, either!

What will next week bring??