Posts Tagged ‘TAST’

The title of this blog post pretty much sums up my style of needlework.  No matter how much I design and plan ahead of time, when it comes right down to stitching, something takes over and I’m just along for the ride.  As an example: The two circular motifs of the chevron stitch that I did for week 5 of the TAST stitchalong.  Originally I just planned to do the two motifs without the faces but the blank centers just didn’t look right.  Then I just started doing chevron stitches in the centers that turned into faces.  I think the face on the pink and blue one looks a little sinister and I can’t decide whether the “sun” looks more scared or constipated. 🙂  Maybe chevron faces aren’t the way to go.


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I’ve fallen behind on the TAST stitchalong.  Yesterday I did get in a little stitching and worked on week 4’s Cretan Stitch.  I get bored just stitching a simple line of stitches unless it is on a crazy quilt project, so I tend to start playing which is how it went yesterday.

cretan stitch

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This is the free week of the TAST stitch along, and I used it to get caught up.  Week #3 was the detached chain stitch.  I didn’t do a lot of different variations but this is a very versatile stitch and can be used many different ways.

 Detached Chain Stitch

Rachelette was used to stitch the dragonfly’s wings which makes it hard to photograph due to the irridescence of the nylon and the metallic threads.

My Dad’s health has been improving and he was due to have arthroscopic surgery on his back tomorrow, but his blood is not clotting well due to the blood thinners, so surgery has been postponed a week.  Which sets back his recovery and release from the hospital.

Need to run a few errands today, so I better get going before it gets too hot outside.

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I’ve been getting more and more dissatisfied with Xanga, so decided to try out another blog hosting site.  From everything I’ve read I think wordpress may be a good fit for me.

I’m unable to transfer my xanga posts to here unless I do it manually and I don’t see that happening.  So on each blog I will leave a link to the other.

Yesterday I had a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby burning a hole in my pocket.  So I went, and bought a tabletop magnifier to use until I get new glasses, also found a few floss colors I needed.  In the not needed but couldn’t pass up category, I found an alphabet/number polymer clay mold on sale for $2. 

When I left Hobby Lobby I drove around the corner of the parking lot to check out a needlework shop, Cross Stitch Haven, that has changed names and owners since my last visit a few years ago.  It is still mostly cross stitch and has very few silk threads or the perle and buttonhole types that I like to use for crazy quilting.  I did purchase two colors of DMC #8 perle that were lacking in my stash, and also found that they carry a fairly good selection of linen fabric for backgrounds.  So I will be back, but probably not very often.

Managed to do a little bit of stitching of TAST’s week 3, hopefully pictures will get posted tomorrow.

Let me know what you think of my blog’s new home.

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In my stash I have quite a few vintage threads that I have inherited or bought from yard/estate sales.  Included in these I have some perle cottons that are on wooden spools.  While Josie was here visiting I had the perle cotton organizer open on the floor while I was stitching.  She kept sniffing the older spools, I figured they must have really interesting smells and didn’t think more about it until I reached down to pick up the pink thread that was on a rosewood colored spool.  It was wet, I guess the spool must have tasted good.  So in my collection I now have thread that has been kissed by Josie.

I only did one more variation of the herringbone stitch for TAST.  I also will be doing the Stitch Along with the Hand Embroidery group on Stitchin Fingers, so I will be able to experiment more with this stitch later on.  I’m posting a picture of the last herringbone variation along with my buttonhole stitch variations.  I have this week to work with the detached chain stitch then I will be caught up with the rest of the TAST group.


Other than finishing up the TAST stitches, I need to go shopping this week for a new blouse to wear when Kerry and I go see The Phantom of the Opera.  We will see the show on July 2 and then spend the next day together going to museums and just visiting, we also have to make a trip to Umberto’s for calzone.  Since I will already be in the Tulsa area I’ll go on up to Owasso and spend a couple of days with Steven and Jess.  That way I get to visit everyone and also save on the cost of gas.

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Josie is visiting this week while her mom and dad are in Vegas.  We have been keeping the yard safe from birds, butterflies and toads.  She wants to play with the toad so bad but I won’t let her, I’m a mean grandma.  She’s a very active little dog and keeps me occupied, so I haven’t gotten much done in the way of stitching. 

I did finally get started on doing the herringbone stitch for the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) on Stitchin Fingers and discovered that I really do need a new pair of glasses.  Even using a magnifier I couldn’t  keep my stitches even, but since this is a sampler I’ll just claim any wrong stitch is a design variation.
There are still a few more variations of the herringbone stitch that I would like to do before moving on, but I am posting a pic of progress so far.  Don’t look too closely at the stitching.  If you squint your eyes, maybe you won’t see all of the mistakes. 



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On Saturday I finally finished sorting the guest room contents into trash, donate and keep.  90% trash and donate.  The donations filled 3 boxes and were then pushed into the closet to await the call that a charity would have a truck in the neighborhood.  Now the room is bare, except for the extra dining table chairs and a small cedar chest.  That is, the room is bare until the furniture store delivers the new bed and nightstand today.  And the Special Olympics called yesterday to say there would be a truck in the neighborhood today picking up donations, so the boxes are on the front porch awaiting pickup.  I love it when a plan comes together.

I didn’t get any stitching done on last week’s herringbone stitch for TAST, and the stitch for this week is the buttonhole stitch.  So while I’m waiting today for pickups and deliveries I will stitch.  I did play with wool felt and thread, but I can’t show a pic of the project, it is for someone who reads the blog.  Here is a detail pic, but it doesn’t show what the project is.  Just to prove that I did actually work on something this weekend besides knitting a few rounds on socks.

                   Click on image to enlarge.

Hello stitching!  Here I come.

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