I thought I was finished with this book cover but I decided to change the stitching and use it for my "Exploring More Stitches" class.  I was only going to do small inserts of detail and perhaps those in the class who don't want to spend a lot of time on the piece could still do this.  But I have decided that this sample should have a fully stitched band across the design.

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I have tried to use a range of stitches  and then use those stitches in different ways.  From left to right the tree truncks use Herringbone stitch, the next two are an alternate back stitch, Pekinese stitch, Stem stitch and finally Cretian Stitch.  I still need to put in the details of vines, flowers and birds.



I couldn't wait, I started stitching straight away.  I have changed the pattern to make it into a pin cushion instead of a Valentine's Day heart.  That means that I will be able to get 4 pin cushions out of the fabric included in the little kits.

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I bought some red fabric for the backs.

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I have to say "I love this wool thread".  It is a lot stronger than I thought it would be and is a pleasure to stitch with.


All my efforts have been focused on getting this Kogin sample finished, and it is finished.  Although I think that I will switch the beige curtain fabric to a beige hemp.  It will make the bag sit better.

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I wanted it to be a scrappy fabric bag and used fabric pieces given to be by friends brought back after their trips to Japan.  Everytime I look at it I will think of them.

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In the scappy theme I used old fabric swatches that I had kept from my days as a Buyer (1970's) .  There are not Japanese but they are a light voile which was the fabric weight I wanted.  A bit of a surprise when you look inside the bag!

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Because the fabric on the top edge of the bag is on the bias I put a strip of fabric on the straight of grain to stablise it.  Then I copied the top edge from that on an antique rice bag that I own.  It is a great way to thread the cord and the top of the bag shuts up tight.  As well as a teaching sample I aim to use it to hold some of my quilting equipment.



So I have finished the outline stitching of my February Peace saying. 

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"And of course you are going to stitch it in Satin Stitch?"

Who said that?

"Well me of course ."

Who is Me?

"Boy you are dumb, I am the embroidery."

Oh no, it speaks!

"I have being speaking all along, you are just not listening.  I have been saying, nicely, since you started me that I am to be stitched in Satin Stitch.  You knew that, look at all the outline stitching you have done."

But I hate Satin Stitch, I will mess it up, I am hopeless at that stitch.

"Time to learn, I will settle for nothing else."

This is going to be a disaster.

"It better not be or I will nag you, FOREVER!!!!



I had a great day yesterday at the Children's Class. There were times when I got a bit wobberly but I got though alright.  Or I thought I did.  I haven't been too good today so am taking it very quietly and staying in the air-conditioning.  That is why I am late with my Work in Progress.

And there hasn't been a lot to report.  I have started on a new teaching piece because the one I had was too hard.  But I don't like the background linen.  I might bleach it or switch to a white linen but then that isn't very practical for a book cover.  I will have to see where this one goes.

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The February 'peace' embroidery doesn't have a voice at all.  I am outlining the design, slowly, and there isn't a peep from it.  I thought it would have told me what it wanted for the filling but not a word.




I have already shown the Kogin work I have been doing but wait, there is more!

I have finished testing my new pattern for a packet of pocket tissues and now have the first 5 pieces cut out ready to sew.  Only 15 more to go.  These will be gifts for my quilting buddies.

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I started work on my peace embroidery for February.  It is small but I expect it to take most of the month to stitch.

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And, I got back to my Assissi Sampler and did a little work and a lot of unpicking because I can't count.

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I did 6 experimental eco dyes on the cotton silk scarf.  ( I have taken one of each type of scarf and cut them up to experiment on.)

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Then to top it off I got my sewing room in order again.  Everything clean. Dusted, polished and washed. 

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That was some progress this week.



It seems a long time ago that I last posted about my work in progress but it was only two weeks ago! 

Then I said that I was experimenting with some new Xmas decoration and two weeks later  I have stitched out 4 designs.

I decided to use perle 8 thread.  I wanted a look of 'embossing' so I made my tension just a little tighter. 

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Now that I have stitched out these designs I now have to decide just how I am going to make them up.

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These were all stitched during the time that the children were here.  Lots of miss counting and unpicking.

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There are still another 8 patterns to be stitched but Xmas is 12 months away!



There is lots going on but not much to show because a lot of the work is secret.

Just a couple of birds.

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But, I am experimenting with embroidered decorations for Xmas 2017.  This is because the 12 days of Xmas I stitched for the Guild were such a success for their Xmas raffle.  So I thought I would stitch up some snow flakes.  I don't know where I got these designs they were in a file I have had for ages.

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I went out and bought some more linen, at $100 per metre, that was a bit of a shock to the wallet, and some perle 8 thread.  I cut off the piece to set up the first embroidery, overlocked that piece and the remaining fabric and then wrote the count, price and date purchased on the selvedge.  I am sick and tired of having to count threads every time I take a new fabric out of the draw.   I might go back and do the rest of my stash.  Some will be easy because I know just by looking at them.  As for the others, well.

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I found stitching this piece very therapeutic after the loss of my friend.  Repetitive stitching can soothe the soul.  So I finished the Long Arm Cross Stitch section and can now move onto the next design.

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Earlier I said that I couldn't find how to do the "Old Italian Cross Stitch".  Well, I found it in an out of print book and then on the Nordic Needle site. 

Very clear diagram and instructions.  I think that this is my preferred stitch for Assisi Embroidery.

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This week has been about getting the Children's Class completed.  The pressure was really on to get those samples stitched.  Today I delivered the samples, posters and 35 kits to the Guild so everything is ready for the January class and I can get back to stitching some of the other samples for my up coming classes. Putting those kits together has drained me a bit.  It is very hot here and I couldn't put the fan on, (because of all those loose sheets of paper that went into the kits) and got very overheated. Although I have kept drinking water I think I am dehydrated. 

So, I have returned to an old piece that isn't very taxing, the Assisi Sampler.  I am up to the voided design which is outlined in a alternate running stitch and then the background is worked in a Long Armed Cross Stitch.

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I have used this stitch before but my brain is a little addled at the moment so I looked it up in my stitch dictionary.  But do you think I could work it out?  It said "work the stitch from Right to Left and then return from Left to Right".  I did this and it looked terrible.  Then I realised that it should have said "return from Left to Right on the row below"

Just to give you an idea of how far I have progressed with this piece here is a photo of the complete progress to date.

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I started it in 2005. oh dear!