Sunday, 31 October 2010

Making progress

I've had my head down working on the new project I recently gave you a sneak peak of. It's working out nicely, apart from one section that was a case of third time lucky – unpicking is extremely laborious and frustrating.

Anyway, here's a little more to whet your appetite:




I learnt a new stitch in the process: cable plait, also known as braid stitch or figure of eight and found in mountmellick embroidery. I don't have a physical list of favourite stitches, but this one would be quite near the top if I did. It's not half as tricky as it looks to do and the end result is satisfyingly chunky but streamlined.

And my bullions are improving, which is a huge relief. As you may or may not know, bullions are my nemesis. But they don't seem to be going pear-shaped anymore. A small victory, in an ultra geeky embroidery freak kind of way.

6 comments:

Lakshmi said...

Kelly your project is coming nice..I tried this cable plaited stitch..i felt like i understood but when I tried could not get the rhythm of the stitch..urs is very beautiful..

Rachel said...

I don't think there's anything especially freaky about being pleased that you are mastering a previously difficult stitch!

Well done, though - it's looking very good!

Yvette said...

Hi Kelly, your cable plait stitch is gorgeous - beautifully even stitching. I'm looking forward to seeing the whole project. You've shown just enough to satisfactorily whet my appetite!

Lakshmi, it is worth learning! There are step-by-step instructions in my stitch dictionaries and my mountmellick book for it, if you're interested.

Yvette, Vetty Creations
www.vettycreations.com.au/white-threads

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Hi Kelly,

It looks great! I love the applique touches it makes it almost seem "lush". Can I say that? lol Lovely!
Analisa

Raspberry said...

Ah...bullions are my nemesis too. Nasty little things.

31kings said...

absolutely beautiful. such a viewing pleasure. love your blog!