Tuesday, June 30, 2020

90 Stitched Circles - Instastitchwithsue

The 90 Day Stitch Sampler, with Sue Spargo, is finished! It was a delightful experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Each appliqued wool circle had its own unique design that was stitched with a variety of threads. Over 40 stitches were used in the sampler. 

The sampler ended with this little Bluebird:
Love the variegated thread. Note the Drizzle Stitch tail. This stitch gives a lovely dimensional look to the piece. This little bird can be positioned in a variety of ways. I flipped this one to face inward toward the other designs as it was too close to the edge to stitch the way Sue presented it.

The finished sampler. If you click on it, it should get a bit bigger.

Below, is the sampler before it was stitched. You can see the colours of felt I used. In hindsight, the softer colours that Sue Spargo used, would have been easier to work with especially for choosing thread colours. I worked with what I had on hand, the bright wool circles on a black background. 

Which is your favorite design?
My granddaughter selected the fox 'because he is cute'. I have several that catch my eye.
Check out my Instagram @jctextileart for lots more photos of the circles. You don't have to be an Instagram user to view the various posts.

My new web site is coming soon with a new blog design that will be linked back to this one.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Drizzle Stitches - Insta Stitch with Sue

Well, folks, the 90 day challenge from Sue Spargo is nearing the end. Number 81/90 was just posted. It's been a fun stitch along and I've done more Drizzle Stitches in the last few weeks than ever before. Have you ever tried them? No? Have a look HERE for Mary Corbet's Drizzle Stitch Video Tutorial.

Here's # 61 showing drizzle stitches with beads

# 55, Drizzle Stitches without beads

# 43
# 80

But here's my pièce de résistance, with 106 Drizzles, # 78, the African Lion! Well, my lion just got back from the hairdresser where he had an old fashioned perm!! In fact, there is hardly room to see his face and ears. One thing I can say, the circle colour was a perfect match (which didn't happen often), as was the circle for the acorn above.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Insta Stitch With Sue - Continued

There are now 13, one inch circles, from Sue Spargo's Instastitchwithsue, left to do. It's hard to believe that I actually kept up with this activity, but I'm glad I did.

Here's a few more from the collection:

This activity was a good one for practising stitches, colour selection of threads, for the circles in my collection and for observing how Sue and company put together the stitches for the various designs. Working within a one inch area was, at times, challenging. I didn't have all the correct sizes of needles and had to improvise. There was no going to the store for more. I did order them from Amazon, but they did not show up. Lesson learned: don't order something small from such a big company. I figured the needles would come with the other things ordered (my mistake)!!

I also need to stock up on a few more colours of #5 perle cotton.