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111  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Just One Stitch competition results on: September 20, 2004 04:55:04 AM
The winners are up on the web page and some are absolutley incredible!! All the things you can do with only a single stitch (aside from split stitch which this forum is already conviced of Wink ). I think my fave is the pear, but I've always been partial to a bullion knot....

112  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question! on: September 20, 2004 04:12:19 AM
There are a huge number of textile artists out there (particularily in the UK - where some really exciting stuff is going on) and there are some organised groups of artists.
Some are:
The Practical Study Group: www.practicalstudygroup.co.uk
South West Textile Group: http://aphelia.maddoc.net/swtg/gallery.htm
The 62 Group: http://www.62group.org/62group.php
The Computer Textile Design Group  www.ctdg.co.uk

Also a quite comprehensive list is:

113  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dover Transfer Pattern Books on: September 20, 2004 04:04:29 AM
I have the art nou. and art deco ones. I've found them useful sources for getting styles right but so far I haven't used any directly. They're also nice as the are copyright free (unless used in large numbers) so you don't run into problems commercialising a product using them.
You can also sign up for free monthly samples on their website and get sent a page from various books, so you don't have to buy them really.
So: useful for style inspiration and for people who wish to use the pictures to produce a sellable product.
114  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cross Stitch Help on: September 12, 2004 10:30:34 PM
You can use waste canvas on top of the tea towel. This has squares and the canvas can actually be pulled out (or in some cases, dissolved) from under your stitching when your finished.
The other thing to do is to stitch directly onto the towel as if onto any other normal evenweave (Aida is not the only fabric for cross stitch!). If you look closely at the fabric, you can see they weave of the fabric. Most linen stitchers stitch "over two" (meaning rather than going to the next hole diagonally, you go to the second next hole). This is actually much easier than it sounds if you start next to the vertical thread (see http://users.rcn.com/kdyer.dnai/faqs/xstitch_tut.html#stit_linen) and once you get used to it, your eyes automatically pick out the vertical thread for each stitch and you dont have to count it!
115  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first pictures on craftster.... on: September 03, 2004 02:39:07 PM
Most of the supplies Ive picked up in bits and pieces here and there Smiley. Some is from Lacis in Berkeley CA, some from Stitch 2003 in London, some from Golden Threads in England (ordered online - very helpful and friendly staff), some from Lincraft in Australia.

Really cheap imitation metal threads (sadi and purl threads) can be bought from Rajmahal in Australia (http://www.rajmahal.com.au/) (they also have really nice art silk). These are not quite as nice as the real stuff but theyre a damn sight cheaper!!  Grin Another Aussie shop http://www.threads.net.au/ sells all the coloured pearl purls you could want, as well as Jap gold and leather. Nice stuff, a bit pricier though (however dont forget that theyre in $AUS not $US)! A canadian embroiderer also sells goldwork kits and supplies http://www.berlinembroidery.com/.
116  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first pictures on craftster.... on: September 01, 2004 12:15:26 PM
Stumpwork is a rasied embroidery technique which was popular in the late 17th century in England (see http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/infocus/raisedwork.html for an example). There is another riased technique called Brazilian, which uses slightly different stitches.

Jane Nicholas has some absolutely stunning books, but instructions are difficult if you arent already an adept embroider. A number of different shops sell kits, which isnt a bad way to start. There are probably places online with basic instructions, but I havent looked, and another place is the Australian embroidery magazine Inspirations (every issue usually has a stumpwork project).

What I did for the wings on this was very easy (there are numerous other methods though, each with a very different look). I couched a very thin wire onto a piece of ribbed ribbon using blanket stitch and then went around the inside in chain stitch (not required, just decorative). Then just cut it all out of the ribbon and your wings are fixed. Make sure at the top end that both ends of the wire hang out so you can stick them through the fabric (where you have already stitched the body using satin stitch over several layers of felt. Secure the wires at the back and there you have it!

As merwing asked, Ill stroke my own ego and add a couple more photos here. The first is just a little bunch of berries (my very first stumpwork piece) and the second is a pice of goldwork encorporating stumpwork techniques as well as goldwork ones.

117  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first pictures on craftster.... on: August 31, 2004 12:37:23 PM
Ok, I dont know if this is gonna work, but Im trying to show some pics of a stumpwork beetle that I did last weekend. Its the great diving beetle from Jane Nicholaslatest book (although the wings arent the nature-accurate shade of green). It came out ok but its heads a little small. Ill keep working on it.
OOPS, heres the photobucket pics

118  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: blackwork cross stitch??? on: August 27, 2004 08:56:47 AM
There are a few blackwork books out there, some are better than others and many giving not much more than you can get on the previously mentioned website for free. HOWEVER a great book for learning how to design your own is:

Traditional Black Work: Design and construction by Jack Robinson.

It covers all the filling stitches used, how to mix it with goldwork, the traditional forms (pomegranate, rose etc) and how to utilize all of these examples that he gives to design your own.
I bought it through Leon Conrad (another traditional blackwork designer) at Stitch 2003 in London, but the back of the book says that it can be purchased through Flying Machine General Trading Company - traderpierre@hotmail.com
119  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: framing embroidery on: July 26, 2004 03:02:51 AM
I suppose it depends entirely on what effect you want.

Glass can reflect a lot, and it can also crush your stitches (unless its plain cross stitch), so anything with a bit of body and dimension to it, I probably wouldn't put under glass.

Do you want it in a frame? Should it look like a framed piece of art, or do you want to use the presentation method as an extension of the art itself? You could hang it from a curtain rail, stretch it over a box and light from behind (of course, only if the back is neat!), put it like a blanket over a chair, attach it to a dressmakers dummy, make it look ragged at the edges like a scrap of cloth, put it in a frame but so the streching cords can be seen.

Oh what fun! The possibilities abound!
120  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Good techniques to start and end your thread? (aka non-French knots) on: July 26, 2004 02:56:50 AM
A great way to start a thread, especially in cross stitch where you normally split the 6 thread floss and use two threads at a time, is the loop start:

Take one long thread out of the 6 stranded floss. Double it over. Thread the two free ends together through the needle so now the end of your thread has a loop in it. Go through the fabric and leave the tail hanging out the back. Do the front hlaf of your stitch and go back through the fabric, so now your needle and the loop are at the back. Pass the needle through the loop, pull it all tight and Ta Da! a perfectly flat and securely fixed thread to keep working with.

To end, simply stitch under other threads, or if you wnat to be really certain, stitch back through the stitch you just made, splitting the threads so it all sort of gets tangled with itself. Do this a couple of times and it ain't going nowhere!
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