Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Inauguration french knots

When generations to come ask where were you during President Obama's inauguration... I can say I was watching it on the TV whilst doing hundreds of pastel coloured french knots! Here the idea is to let the colours slowly blend into each other. In hindsight a stars & stripes piece may have been more appropriate!

French Knot island

Hello, back to my old favourite - the french knot. There is something very pleasing about this little stitch. Though I admit when I was first introduced to its ways I struggled (kept pulling the stitch back through, such that it disappeared - drat!). Anyways, I digress, now me & the french knot are good friends! Here I have used french knots in various threads (sewing thread, embroidery floss, wools and cut up ribbon) in similar colours close together to create a piece. For a piece of material with so many needle holes through, it is surprisingly sturdy. I think it looks like a little island, with woolen french knot mountains in the distance... but that might just be me :)

Monday, 26 January 2009


Here is an extension of the coloured stitches work... using couching. Here I used embroidery floss, sewing thread, wool and roving. I particularly like the blue 'mess' in the top right, here layers of blue sewing thread have been couched using red thread. I think it creates an atomic cloud type effect! The red roving looks great couched, so wispy and delicate. Please excuse my camera phone pictures / poor photography skills!

Coloured Stitches

Hello, here is an exercise that I did using primary colours against a black background. The aim was that by using relatively straight forward stitches to explore the dynamics of the colours against one another. I used embroidery floss and some felt squares for background. The stitches used are running stitch, chain stitch, detached chain stitch, cross stitch, seed stitch, satin stitch and whipped running stitch.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Finished socks- hurrah!

At last my lovely socks are finished! I am very proud! There are a couple of mistakes in the first sock I made but... shhhh! no one will notice :)