WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 14

I still only have a single project in this week’s WIP queue, which is what I prefer! However, what I don’t prefer is that it is last week’s TAST. Boo. I have it all finished but the little motif challenge. I have some ideas for that but I just couldn’t pick which might be best done so I want to let them swirl in my head for a bit yet.

TAST WIP sheaf stitch

This week’s TAST is the buttonhole wheel. I am not sure how I feel about my decision just yet, but right now I am deciding not to stitch up a pennant for it because I included some variations on the second challenge of TAST: buttonhole stitch. I know a whole lot more could be done than what I have in my wiggly seaweed there, but I also know that with my archaeological responsibilities, I needed another week off from TAST and I’d rather skip a familiar stitch now, than be forced to skip a new stitch in the future. (I had some reports to write up – they’ve been a long time coming, I’m afraid!)

In better news, the guild met last night and a couple of neat things happened! First, I was gifted several things by one of my new friends there (the one who already gifted me with some amazing fabrics; I ended up gifting her the little mouse ornament as a thank you). She received duplicate copies of her magazine subscription so I have now been introduced to the super neat-0  Stitch magazine. She also let me leaf through her latest Inspiration magazine; I knew it would be great since I have been receiving their newsletter for some time now. Alas, without a “real job” I am still on my self-imposed spending hiatus so I cannot justify signing up to either. Sigh.

She also gifted me a lot of Brazilian threads and some old books to teach me the technique. I never knew, from the internet searches, what Brazilian embroidery is but now I think I do! I think it is using rayon threads – mostly perle cotton style (as in they come in different weights but are named differently than with numbers corresponding to thickness) rather than six-stranded floss (which I believe is the only rayon thread DMC carries, but I might be wrong on that). These threads are also Z-twisted rather than S-twisted (Nordic Needle has a great article about the difference). And the goal is to make a somewhat 3D texture in the embroidery. Nothing as significant as stumpwork, but the culmination of using french knots, buillon stitches, couching, and some specialty stitches, all of which bring the threads up off the ground fabric.

Second, I got a huge compliment from one of the other members. She loved Mabel the Raccoon and told me she always looks forward to what I bring for Show-and-Tell. That made my day:)

And last, I might be redesigning the guild’s website. Another avenue of crafty ambition, no?

Oh, and I did design a postcard for my work down at the Daniel Boone National Forest. It isn’t finished yet, and if I showed it anywhere, it would be on my anthropology blog, but just because I haven’t finished stitching this doesn’t mean I haven’t been creative! I took a photo and turned it into a line drawing with some cool texture effect. Having never formally learned Adobe Photoshop, I still surprise myself!

Framing Ribbon Embroidery

I wasn’t sure I would have time for framing ribbon embroidery this week which is why I did not include this photo in the original post, but I did! Generally, I lag behind “finishing” projects but I was too excited to share it so I didn’t wait, obviously.

Tatiana’s preference is to not use frames with glass. My house nearly requires glass with the amount of daily dust it produces, but my stumpwork Poppies and Santa Barbara Daises cannot be framed (without an expensive custom shadow-box) and I will be dealing with that already. I agree that the ribbon embroidery effect would be lost behind glass, too. Tatiana and others have provided good tips on keeping them clean, and we always have cans of compressed air laying around so I’ll be good to go.

As far as how I made it ready for framing, I’ve found a lot of resources over the years, and the most recent one to hit my feedly list was from Amina, so I’ll throw a shout-out over to her at Stitch Floral:) It is a super easy tutorial to follow (and you can see her lovely work!). Incidentally, Amina began her history with embroidery in ribbon work, so I think it’s fitting that she helped me with my first piece!

framing ribbon embroidery (owl crafts): the letter R


Book Folding: Heart

One of my MIL’s friends wanted to share something she recently learned and fell in love with, and I got invited over to “wine club” to participate, too.  Everyone pitched in for some yummy food, and she brought supplies and taught us about book folding. I’ve seen this type of project before and always wondered how it was done. Now I know! This is a simple heart pattern that can be found for free at FoldedBookArt.com. (Maya scoped it out; she is feeling better but back on antibiotics and already went through a round of ear drops, too, poor thing.)

Book folding: heart (with cat)

Bonus, the book I got is called “Organized To Be The Best! New Timesaving Ways To Simplify And Improve How You Work” by Susan Silver. I might flip through it a bit and learn something useful!

Book folding: heart