Friday, September 23, 2011

Rapid Growth

Having finished off two WIPs (and started something new) I tentatively have my eyes set on finishing Tree of Stitches (so that I can start two more things).

Tree of Stitches
28ct white Jubilee, Caron Waterlilies Bermuda Reef, Weeks Dye Works Peony

Continuing my stitch by stitch ramblings from last time:

Cushion stitch. I've done this before and I love it. It's such a dimensional stitch. I stitched it with 2 strands to make it extra high.

And then the Jerusalem stitch. This was completely new to me, and I didn't like it. And after the joy of the cushion stitch I just hated it even more. This was where I stalled. Eventually I managed to drag myself to finish it off. At two strands it was too thick and at one it's too thin. Let's chalk this stitch as one I'll be avoiding in the future.

Four new stitches in this picture. Going clockwise starting from below the Jerusalem stitch. There's one called a Floral stitch. It puts me in mind of kloster blocks from hardanger. I was really tempted to add some sort of modified eyelet for the center, but since I was stitching the "petals" in two strands it would have been too thick and I was too lazy to go to the trouble.

Then the Norwich stitch (bottom right). Where has this been all my life? It's such a lovely stitch! I love it! I changed it a tiny bit to look more symmetrical.

Star stitch. This reminded me of the Jerusalem stitch. A "+" bracketed by something else, but I found this much easier going and therefore I like it a lot more.

And ending with a Rhodes square. I've done a fair bit of these before and I love the way they stitch up!

Tree of Stitches is still available over at the Yahoo Group Stitch Specialists. I'm not sure when it'll be taken down but I'm betting pretty soon since The Great Escape has already started running. So if anyone is planning on grabbing it I would suggest hurrying. You can always just hoard it for the future. *glances at Castles in the Air, the 2010 AAN Christmas Tree and others...*


Christine said...

Wow, that is a beautiful project, Blu! I've seen it on a couple of other blogs, so thanks for telling us where we can find it. I've submitted my request for membership to the group!

Myra said...

That is gorgeous Blu. I love all the blues, teals, and greens.

Lumiruusu said...

Thank You for visiting my blog :)
This is really callenging project and you have done amazing work with all those special stitches.

I just have to admire your stitching skills !!

Annette said...

What a beautifull piece this is... some day I want to make it to!!!

Rebekah said...

Very pretty! I like your color choice. I have the threads that I think I want to use but I'm still trying to decide what color fabric to use.

Rhona said...

Great job on tree of stitches. it's lovely seeing the design done in different colours on different blogs! what are you starting next?

Always smiling said...

Love your tree of stitches,, I still haven't done this too much to do..
Thank you for your comment on my blog I haven't a clue where I got those freebies from.
Happy stitchy wishes

Chris x

AlessandraLace said...

really beatiful, I love your creations. hugs

TammyK said...

Beautiful collection of blues :) Love the stitches, never heard of some them. Very nice job.

mdgtjulie said...

I love the blues and greens you're using. Not so sure about the trunk color though, lol. Your tree made me finally give in and apply to join Stitch Specialists. I hope I can keep up and still stitch!!!

Lonneke said...

It looks great! I love all those specialty stitches.
Thanks for the link

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Gorgeous! *heads over to grab it myself to add to the TBS pile* Love your colour choices - so tropical and bright!

Lynn said...

Wow, love all those specialty stitches! It looks fabulous and the colours are great too.

Veronica said...

Wow, your tree is gorgeous. It's one of the prettiest I've seen so far. Love the floss you've picked for it.