WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 44

I’ve made progress on TAST but I failed to mention last week that I would be out of town for archaeology again this week. I made the right assumption of not having time to sew so I left everything back home.

I am enjoying myself here though, and found some beautiful historic examples of quilts in the Estill County (Kentucky) museum. I don’t know if this pattern has a name, but I love the scrappiness of it, and it looks fairly simple! Maybe a variation of or “free styled” tumbler?

This is a beautiful example of cross stitch design and strawberries – and lovely hand-quilted patterns:

And of course since I am into embroidery stitches and crazy quilting, I had to take many photos of this piece. Unfortunately it was behind glass and quite difficult to photograph without getting reflections.

I love that quilt quite a lot – it has so many stitching ideas I’ve never seen before. Definitely going to remember this for future projects! That’s why I will even include this one with the terrible reflection – very cool embroidery!

I wasn’t at this museum for funsies but instead to meet with local interest groups and do some research. Forgive the iPhone photos, please. I barely had time to snap these photos or I might have been able to plan better for record-keeping. What I mean is, I didn’t get any information about the artists or time period or the like. I did meet with some of the Estill County Historical and Genealogy Society and Museum staff, so perhaps I can ask them next time we discuss the project!

TAST: Roundup

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.

Since it has been quite some time, I want to remind all that I am participating in this year’s Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST), hosted by Sharon at Pintangle. Yes, yes, I am quite behind because real life got in the way there for a time, but I am on my way to catching up, I hope!

This pennant has several stitches combined – some stitches just seemed quite dreadful to fill a pennant completely. This pennant includes #13 buttonhole wheel, #16 satin stitch, #17 French knots, #18 whipped wheel (which got caught on a zipper, oops), and #34 raised cross stitch flower (one of my new favorites!). Yep, that is quite a jump between 18 and 34, but there is a reason for that.

The main reasons is that the stitches between can be served their own pennant, so I have much work to do ahead. But another reason is that some stitches were actually included in previous pennants. Take for instance, #19 crossed buttonhole found on the buttonhole pennant:

Or #20 whipped and #33 barred chains found on the chain stitch pennant: 

Here is #26 herringbone square on the herringbone pennant:

How about #36 the crossed and plaited feather stitches on the feather stitch pennant:

These might not be the best examples or a full exploration of how to use them, but taking into consideration how behind I am, I will leave it thusly for now. 

Swedish Huck Weaving

My embroidery guild had a Swedish huck weaving project so I opted in! You might remember me mentioning it before, but I finally finished it. The kit came from Nordic Needle though I can no longer find it there – the instructions are still available here, however. To quote the packaging, “what distinguishes huck weaving from other similar styles is the design is worked completely on the top of the fabric, so the thread never appears on the back.”

This design by Sue Meier and she offers a few different colorways. According to the instructions, Sue was inspired by a row of trees edging the farms where she lives. “Depending on whether you are viewing the scene in the autumn, at sunrise or at sunset, the colors will vary from rich golds, rusts and burgundies to beautiful greens and blues, to lavenders, pinks and blues.” My kit included her Autumn Windbreak colors, so of course it is made with threads of red and gold.

This is also my first fringed piece – pretty simple concept. I really enjoyed huck weaving. If I ever accidentally come across the right fabric, I’ll be sure to try my hands at it again – I found it fun, fast, and calming all at once!

The above image was before I washed it. The below image is after. Not only does the fringe look better (though it could use a comb!), but the threads of the towel itself swelled up in the wash and closed the holes. It gives the towel a more sturdy look, and it feels much softer and towel-like. My only qualm is that the colors of the threads did bleed. It’s not overtly noticeable, but you can see it more clearly beneath the stitching, where the length of the towel changed from an off-white to a golden white from the thread. There are some reddish bits here and there around the trees as well. I didn’t realize that a project kitted with DMC thread – for a white cloth, no less! – would bleed. Lesson learned!