Saturday, November 19, 2011

Finish The Set

We have snow that is here to stay and the sun sets before 5 o'clock. I'd say winter is here to stay.

I had a rather slow week, stitching-wise. However I did manage to finish Intermediate Whitework Ornament in the same colourway as Beginner Whitework Ornament.

Lots of new stitches in this one. The centre is the plaited stitch and it's surrounded by diamond eyelets and queen stitches. I know that a lot of people complain about the Queen stitch, but I found it pretty easy.

The innermost red is the three-sided stitch which for some reason has you going over the same leg twice with one strand instead of once with two strands. Presumably there is a deep and meaningful reason behind this, but I can't for the life of me figure it out!

Plait stitch (over 4) bordered by Double Leviathan stitches are next. This was pretty easy too. Then the satin blocks to anchor the drawnwork.

And then I hit a snag. The instructions don't tell you which way to stitch the Hem stitch, and since I've never done it before I had to stop and look up pictures on the internet. And I didn't get back to stitching for a couple of days.

Once I figured that out, it was Rhodes squares in the corner. I left the drawn work until the very end.

The outermost border was supposed to be plait stitch over 2, but I found it too tight and frustrating (even with one strand) so I just quit while I was ahead and stitched regular crosses.

Finally (whew!) the cutting. I accidently cut off once of the vertical threads and had to reinsert one. I think it went pretty well, since you can't tell where the fix is! Otherwise I had no more trouble with this than anything else. I guess all those small hardanger pieces paid off.

And that is my epic working of IWO. In the future I'm more likely to stitch BWO simply because when I finish that I don't have to worry about placing fabric behind drawnwork~

TitleIntermediate Whitework Ornament
Start dateNovember 13, 2011
Finish dateNovember 19, 2011
Total time6.75 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossCC Bandana, WW Lucky, MH 42011


Rachel said...

It's beautiful, Blu!!! I want to try that one so bad, but I am terrified of the cutwork. I have never done it before, and am just so scared I would mess it up.

gracie said...

Looks marvelous!

Christine said...

That came out gorgeous, Blu!

Kaisievic said...

It seems very complicated to me - well done.

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Mouse said...

Oh well done girl :) and you even managed to fix a "whoops" snip :) love the colours you've used too :0

hemstitch I always do from right to left :) I find it therapeutic ... I am hoping to put more specialist worked pieces into my crazy list for next year .. all being well doing list today ... watch my blog :) love mouse xxxx

Topcho said...

It looks gorgeous! Love those Christmas colours :D

Myra said...

It is gorgeous Blu!

Annie said...

Wow! You have really gotten good with all these fancy stitches. Looks fabulous!

Olya said...

I very love this design, it's beautifull, Blu)!

Sally said...

Oh wow that is gorgeous!

Giovanna said...

Great stitching, congrats! I made this years ago, and yes, the cutwork was challenging.

TammyK said...

Awesome stitching Blu :-)

Joysze said...

Love this, Blu!! Colors are most yummy. :D

Carol said...

Very impressive finish, Blu!!

♥ Nia said...

Lovely stitching Blu :)

Kate said...

That is beautiful!! :)

Anne said...

This is gorgeous girl!! I love how you tackle new stitches!!

Tatkis said...

Beautiful and bright ornament!