Monday, January 9, 2012

TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) - Week 2: Buttonhole Stitch

So it's week 2 and I'm relieved to find another familiar stitch:  buttonhole stitch. What I like about this stitch is that it can be made to look very different just by varying the length or direction or by working it in a half or full  circle. To the left is my "doodle cloth." I have to confess that I really dislike working on this linen because it requires me to count threads and holes to produce a uniform stitch. Never one to "color in the lines," I find I'm constantly ripping out stitches because I've miscounted. I also find it incredibly tedious to add counting to something as relaxing as stitching. That said, I decided after week one that after a few practice stitches, I would switch to a sampler that I'm more comfortable with and that I can actually use when the year's worth of stitches is done. I made a 9 block miniature crazy quilt in neutral tones with some gold accents. It is on this sampler that I will experiment with each stitch. Below are some of my first attempts at playing with the buttonhole stitch.




8 comments:

  1. You are so darn talented beautiful work. ....

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  2. I am loving your crazy quilt posts - the neutrals are really pretty and I can't wait to see how you embellish the pieces!!

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  3. that is beautiful... Alot of work but it will be worth it.. hugs
    Susan

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  4. Thanks so much for your comments and encouragement. I have to take another photo since I did lots more tonight!

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  5. very nice fabrics color combinations!

    ..no, Arlene, stitching is not so long :), more time takes choosing of colors :) this is "all day and all night". but when it's ready, stitching is very easy and fast :)
    Masha (Ashenka)

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  6. The new sampler is gorgeous, the colours glow.

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  7. What lovely colors and needle work. I can hardly wait to see how your piece progresses. A beautiful work of art.

    FlowerLady

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  8. Very well done. I also have your problem working on the material Ive chosen for my sample work. Miscounting and ripping out. This is why I decided to go to crazy blocks. Keep up the good work. Kathy http://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/

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