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Embroidery on double-faggot ground

An experiment. The lower one looks pretty good - a rose-like motif in over and under stitch in #10 thread on ground worked with #80.

Added by Claudia Crowley on June 15, 2021 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Pebble filling stitch

From Moyra McNeill page 59. "Based on reverse wave stitch" she says

Looks good with thick (#10) thread pulled tight for the "pebbly" effect. A waste of time with thin thread, as you can see here at the top.…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on June 15, 2021 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Several types of various sizes of square holes

All done in #80 tatting cotton. Picture below.

Left top: double whip stitch over 4 threads - right top: double faggot stitch over 4 threads

Next row left side: double whip stitch over 3 threads - right side:faggot stitch over 3 threads

Second from bottom row: left side: whip stitch over 2 threads - right side: 4-sided stitch over 2 threads ground

Bottom row left side: double whip stitch over two threads - right side: double faggot over 2 threads

The nicest…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on June 13, 2021 at 5:30pm — No Comments

4 methods for tiny squares

8-pt text for comparison…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on June 9, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Diagonal stitches

Diagonal raised band with #20 thread, very textured; with #80 thread, way more open; open trellis above that, which I find fiendishly hard to do; and to the top left, drawn diagonal ground in #30.

Added by Claudia Crowley on June 6, 2021 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

A few items

plan ahead ... should plan ahead ...

Lower panel: Checked Greek cross stitch. Not a success. Right of that: crosses of dots worked on satin stitch. Needs practice. I think I could learn to make it look good. Above Greek cross stitches: something called coil stitch that doesn't look a thing like the illustration in the book.

Middle panel:…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 30, 2021 at 11:23am — No Comments

Experimentation with 4-sided stitch - update

Who says 4-sided stitch has to be square? This is worked over 4 x 6 threads. At top: lined up. Lower: offset by 3 - makes little hexagons of holes. I like it. I'm not sure there might not be a better way to do that, though.

Here's the complete square with (from bottom up) the above…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 30, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

New equipment

I bought a frame.

Added by Claudia Crowley on May 25, 2021 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

3 wave stitch variations

Left top: (sideways) plain wave stitch over 4 threads. Right top: (also sideways) Over 5 threads, making windows. Below: Over 6 threads, making 9-paned windows. At the bottom, trying wrapping the thread around twice. None of these very satisfactory. They would probably look better on a tighter weave cloth. The first one is best, but for that general appearance I like a 3-sided stitch ground.

I am shamelessly copying the conceptual idea of the White Sampler, though I certainly won't be…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 20, 2021 at 8:22am — 2 Comments

Double faggot stitch with lace filling stitch

This is in the way of an experiment. You can see how the quality improves top to bottom. Where it starts looking normal is where I found the picture of lace filling stitch in the Hardanger section of Lynxlace.

Both stitches (the double fa99ot and the lace filling) are worked with tatting cotton. It would be interesting to see some other kind of holey filling worked the same way, possibly squares edged with satin…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 17, 2021 at 1:44pm — 2 Comments

First neat sampler

I'm calling this neat because Lorelei said it was, but it would look a lot better stretched on a frame. There are around 25 patterns represented here. Let me see if I can enumerate them in order. I'm going to order a square embroidery frame for working on things like this.

Square 1: Ringed back over 4 threads, 3 rings. Ringed back over 3 threads, two rows. Offset back stitch to take up the space at the…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 9, 2021 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Thread size systems

I got curious and found this. Lordy, lordy! what a mess. But there is a handy chart.

https://fashion-incubator.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Thread_Sizes.htm

Added by Claudia Crowley on May 7, 2021 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

A backstitchy kind of thing and satin stairsteps

I don't like it much. There are many prettier backstitch patterns like ringed back, small ringed back, squares, and Agnes Leach's #37 which I independently worked out. 

This next is hard to count right, and wasn't; and as you can see the blocks should be connected differently…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 3, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Diagonal 4-sided stitch

Two kinds. The corner-to-corner ones and two little V's of the side-to-side ones. Front and back shown. To get the squares the same on the two kinds the first are worked over 4 threads and the second over 6. I can do these readily while looking at the diagrams at Lynxlace but haven't memorized them yet.…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 3, 2021 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Some learning

Until I manage to get in there and print out the real pattern I'm learning some new things.

Double faggot stitch with an attempt at lace filling stitch also called dove's eye; reed stitch; upside down festoon stitch worked over 2 threads - which is way too small; below that in the next square down a fancy ringed back stitch none too expertly…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 2, 2021 at 1:58pm — No Comments

An experiment - no picture

I wanted to do something I know as "lace filling stitch" in the voids of double faggot stitch done over 4 threads with a fine thread. This is a looped stitch that makes a diamond pattern inside a circle or square. I saw it in Lynxlace at images-h-det-diag/28thdunit.JPG in the hardanger section. But I don't know how to do it and ended up with tangles.

Added by Claudia Crowley on May 1, 2021 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

The next design

I'll be doing this next. All the blocks around the edges will be different filling stitches and so will the leaves.

Here is a mockup of it with fillings…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on April 26, 2021 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Stitch practice

Agnes Leach #54

Various double backstitch variations with satin…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on April 20, 2021 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Satin stitch outline tile variations

Eyelets and 4-sided stitch in middle of tiles. All in #20 Cebelia.

Added by Claudia Crowley on April 13, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

A practice stitch

Squares made with rows of satin stitch and then the resulting squares crossed with a heavy thread. I did the satin stitch in #10 Cebelia because I could not find the #20. So it's all the same. The pattern came from an old picture. I did not invent it.

working on a sampler imitating Lorelei's "white sampler," though these of mine won't be as…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on April 12, 2021 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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