Galina Tregubov makes stunning embroidered icons in Split Stitch using only DMC #5 perle cotton. The tradition of writing icons in the Orthodox Churches is a long (Yes, you “write” an icon, you don’t “paint” or even “stitch” it). It’s said that the oldest icon of all was painted by St. Luke. It’s of the Virgin Mary. The look of a particular icon is copied exactly and is passed down through the generations. These icons are found in churches and homes. What makes Galina’s icons unusual is that they are the traditional images you will see elsewher but they are done entirely in thread. I astonished at how lovely they are, especially when you consider they are done with the thread as it comes out of the skein. On her site she has a lovely slide show of her work. If you want to learn more about her technique (which
Originally posted 2008-10-23 06:52:13. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWith the renewed interest in free embroidery (embroidery on a on-counted ground or fabric), you can find lots of pretty cool free patterns intended to transfer onto a piece of fabric. But you can just as easily transfer them onto apiece of needlepoint canvas and use them as a line-drawing for your needlepoint. Today we are going to talk about what to look for when you want to do this and tomorrow we will begin a step-by-step tutorial on how to go from a free pattern on the Web to a finished needlepoint. When you look at embroidery transfer designs, what you see are the lines of the design which will be covered with stitching. Most free embroidery of this type relies on the fabric to covey the design and so they have lots of open spaces. This is good for us
I am envious and anxious to stitch my own all at once! Isn’t this stumpwork sampler that my friend Kelly Clark is stitching amazing? As you can read in her first blog post about the project, Kelly was reading about stumpwork techniques and noticed all the books had pieces stitched in free embroidery on linen. She thought, “Why can’t you do this on canvas?” It’s something I’ve thought often, especially about Jane Nichols lovely stumpwork bugs, but haven’t done a blessed thing about. But Kelly did and the results are lovely. Go over to her post and take a good look at the sampler. Not only is there the wonderful rooster, but there are examples of so many different types of stumpwork, from silk ribbon embroidery to thread-covered wire. I hope when she’s done she turns this into either a stitch guide or a cyberclass!
Originally posted 2008-10-24 07:07:16. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI began by choosing this rose design from the collection at the V & A. I’m a sucker for this Arts & Crafts style of rose, so it was a no brainer. Using this as an example, we’ll go step-by-step through the process of transferring the design. 1. Begin by printing or copying the design onto a single piece of paper. Even if you are using a design from a book, do this, your life will be so much easier. 2. Trace over all the lines so they are thick and solid, as you can see from the picture above. It’s better to use a thicker pen for this, but I didn’t have one. When tracing, connect or complete all lines, fill in lines which are dotted, and generally make something which will be easy to see through the thicker canvas. 3.
Originally posted 2009-01-18 15:41:31. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSometimes we get stuck in a rut with our stitching. Learning a new stitch or new technique can help with that. Today I want to point out to you two year-long series which will help you get new ideas for stitches and stitching. The first is from Sharon B and is her monthly Stitch Explorer series. Each month on the 15th she will have an article on her blog exploring a new technique or stitch. This month it’s Chicken Scratch, a technique which uses gingham fabric as a background and guide for your stitching. Not only does she explain the technique, but she makes suggestions for taking it further and exploring it. Well worth checking out! Summer Truswell will be blogging about a different stitch each week. Her first one is about Cross Stitch. I’m looking forward to this, it would be
Do you stitch in public? Do you want to show off your lovely needlework & get others interested in stitching? On September 3, you will have a perfect opportunity to do so, with National Stitch in Public Day. This event commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the found of EGA. There will be lots of public events in Louisville at that time (during EGA’s National Seminar that week). But let’s have a real show of stitching by having stitch in public events all across the country. Knitters have done this often to generate publicity, and we can do the same thing. Here are some ideas: Do you commute to work? Do you have friends who ride with you who stitch? Everyone bring a project and stitch on the bus, train, ferry, or carpool. Do you have time during the rush hour to hang out? Even if it’s only a couple of