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Sunday, April 8, 2012

TAST Week 14 - Satin Stitch

Happy Easter from snowy New Brunswick! Yep, we got about 5" of white fluffy snow overnight and it's still coming down!!! Looks more like Christmas than Easter! I guess this year's Easter Bunny must have been a snowshoe hare! I have all kinds of plants up - daffodils, poppies, alliums, etc.- I'm sure they're about as impressed as I am with this snow....
Back to TAST. Last week Sharon gave us a "catch up" week, so there was no stitch assigned. Since I was caught up on the stitches, I got caught up on my binder- getting pages in place, getting the journalling of stitch descriptions done, etc. For those who thought they might experience serious "stitching withdrawal", Sharon did challenge us to either blog about how we make time for stitching, or do a piece combining 3 or 4 previous stitches. Since I had lots to do last week, I chose to do neither. I really don't have much to say about how I make time for stitching - I just do. Usually I stitch in the evenings when watching listening to TV. I am a night hawk so it's nothing for me to stay up till 1a.m. or later working on finishing a stitching piece. I enjoy those late night hours when the house is quiet, hubby is already snoring in bed and I can choose the channel...  :)
So- on to this week. Sharon counted last week's mini challenge, so she calls this Week 14. I am numbering my stitched pieces so for me this week's stitch - Satin stitch - is number 13. Although satin stitch is certainly not difficult, it does take a little practice to master. Choice of thread is one factor- you want your threads to lie flat and close to each other so no fabric shows between them- ie. you want good "coverage". I had a few "issues" with fabric and thread, so it took me a few tries before I
found the "right" fabric for my Perle 5 thread. I ended up using a soft green 25 count Lugana with Finca Perle 5 threads in rather "neutral" colors. I chose to do two simple star designs, and for the first time used a magnifying light that was my Mum's. It sure made stitching on the fine count Lugana much easier!
The other photo is from a piece done two years ago- stitched on silk fabric with 1 strand of cotton floss - tiny padded satin stitched "berries". Each berry is roughly 1/8".
Once again there are lots of interesting pieces being done this week by TAST participants. Click here to see Sharon's picks of the week. Happy Easter everyone- hope you find make some time for stitching, or whatever makes you happy!


"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." ~Joseph Addison


Karen said...

Beautiful stitching, as always. I found your line about the E.B being a "snowshoe hare" amusing!! He would be needing snowshoes today for sure!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Hi Linda, we just had a nice blast of winter here too! I chose to do a star design as well for this week's TAST satin stitch challenge. Haven't posted mine yet as I'm not done. Yours look very nice :)

Kathy said...

VERY nice!

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