WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 7

First, let me be straight with ya’ll. I have no TAST to show! My sweeter-than-pie kitty Maya is finally getting her nose-breathing woes checked out at the Purdue vet hospital far away from here so we spent the day down there with her. They have her until possibly Friday and though today’s preliminary workup doesn’t really explain why she is the way she is, everyone is optimistic that tomorrow’s more invasive scanning (CT and rhiniscopy, in conjunction with the radiology department…) will solve the puzzle and she’ll be home and happy soon. Fingers crossed!

(Sometimes, even she has to tell chatty Sasha to shush it;)

But I have been crafting! Over the weekend, we had peeps over for gaming and ya’ll prolly know that I can’t just sit still when it isn’t “my turn”. I grabbed up this painted pattern at the last guild meet and stitched it up. I still need to add the light grey part, but I don’t own light grey so this project will become part of my non-finished stack until that is resolved. From what I can tell with internetting, it is a Designing Women pattern, 0147, probably titled Fluer De Lis.

I also made headway on the quilt top and got it all pieced together. I’ll talk about it in a separate post once it’s finished but I am reminded once again why I am not a quilter.

I think I’ll be able to TAST tomorrow without issue so I’m still not worried about that. This week is the feather stitch, another “simple” one.


Additionally, rather than simply ignore what happened in Florida today and pretend life is swell and dandy, I want to add that my heart goes out to everyone involved, and everyone who has suffered similar tragedies in their own history who have been coping as best they can and now must relive their own horror. I was in high school when the events at Columbine happened, and near twenty years later, I don’t understand, still, why a) this kind of access to guns is a thing and b) we stigmatize mental health issues so much that people don’t seek help (or charge too much for it to make it accessible). Peace to everyone.

TAST: chain stitch

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

Besides my usual haunts of Sharon’s and Mary’s websites, Summers of India had a lot of great examples! I did the “magic” chain, some whipping and lacing, barred, picot-ed, crested, zig-zagged, double-linked, and triple chain stitches.

I tried out two different fill variations: vertical rows (orange) and then one that follows the box around to its middle (purple). Fat-Quarter gave me the idea for sequins. The top variation is appropriate, but the bottom one allows the sequins to move back and forth. I followed Sharon’s description of beaded linked chain. There is also a heavy chain (which is now my favorite “basic” chain stitch!), an open chain, and then a practice with running stitches (so technically those might be considered detached chains).

Of course, as I already mentioned, I didn’t get very creative with the motif, so I left the “curve” word to illustrate how nicely it follows them.

Last, but not least, the title and example:

While I am looking forward to next week for TAST, I am also looking forward to just another week of February to be over. It’s not my favorite month, even if our recent 10″ of snow make things pretty and fun for driving (yay for all wheel drive cars!).


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!