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« on: September 11, 2011 06:52:32 PM »

I've just finished Rebecca Ringquist's 2010 summer sampler.  I decided to do it all in variegated threads.  Because the printed lines I was stitching over are pretty thick, I used pearl cottons (mostly #5) and also a lot of Caron Collection Watercolours -- one strand of that is about the same weight as #5 pearl cotton, and the color combinations are so yummy!  I did the whole thing with variegated threads; the pearl cottons include ones from Weeks Dye Works, Anchor, DMC, Valdani, Crescent Colours, and some that I dyed myself using fiber-reactive Procion dyes from Dharma Trading Company.  The threads are heavy and the base fabric tightly-woven, and I had a lot of trouble getting through the fabric at first, and even broke the eyes of a few embroidery needles, until a helpful staffer at the Status Thimble (San Mateo, CA) recommended I switch to a chenille needle instead.  That worked much better! 

Here's the whole sampler:


I was dreading the amount of buttonhole stitching, but I actually really enjoyed working it -- it went fast -- and it shows off variegated threads wonderfully.  I want to try some crazy quilting soon, and this stitch is definitely going to be in the mix:


The spiderwebs were a new stitch for me.  There are two styles, and I did them both.  This photo doesn't quite do justice to the yummy colors:


I experimented a little with the tulips.  The one on the left is one with a backstitch stem, satin stitch leaves, and stem stitch blossom in pearl cottons; the one on the right is done with a stem stitch stem, satin stitch leaves, and split stitch blossom in Caron Watercolours.  I think the satin stitch works much better in Watercolours than in pearl cotton.  I had been curious about using linear stitches like stem stitch and split stitch as filling stitches.  I found it tricky to figure out how to best fill the shape and not leave odd little gaps!


Finally, I just love how these French knots and bullion knots show off the variegated threads:
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011 06:59:52 PM »

I love it good job Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011 07:18:59 PM »

Very cool! Always wanted to do one of these. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2011 12:42:36 AM »

fab! love it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2011 03:28:29 PM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2011 10:12:39 AM »

That's wonderful! Thanks for posting!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2011 04:11:29 PM »

wow - this is really unique and pretty. i like it!
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011 08:43:57 AM »

This is a wonderful sampler, but doing it in variegated thread makes it even more interesting.  It really helps the characteristics of the different stitches to stand out.  Thanks for the links, too.  I wish I had a local needlepoint shop!
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2011 09:07:19 PM »

Thanks everybody for your kind compliments!  Experimentl, I sympathize with your lack of a needlework store.  We're so blessed ehre in the Bay Area!  Do you look for stores when (if?) you travel?  I try to always google "needlework store [city]" when I'm going somewhere new jsut to see what I can find.
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011 01:14:41 PM »

Oh my - this one must have taken a good bit of time to complete!  I love bullion stitches - I wish the designer had made better use of them, though.  Random bullion stitches aren't as awesome as ones arranged for a purpose (flower or just about any shape).
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