Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trying on Some New Stitches

Today is Tuesday and oh my is it ever WINDY out!  The temp isn't bad but you must hold on to your hat.

Yesterday I sat down with a scrap of linen and tried out a few stitches.  I can't tell you the count of the fabric but that wasn't important here.  I ripped a page out of an old magazine that showed how to do many different kinds of stitches.

It was a learning experience..........



  There were a couple that I really wouldn't care to try again and a few that I enjoyed stitching. I think I like the eyelet stitch best.  It took me a little while to get the queen stitch right but that one is pretty too. The daisy stitch is usually one I have no problem with but on this linen I kept pulling the end of the petal through the fabric.  The same with the french knots.  I like making them but just not on this fabric.

There were a couple stitches on there that made me cross-eyed by just trying to read the directions and follow the little arrows.

It was a learning experience.  I'm sure a project somewhere down the road will call for a couple of these.  They really are very pretty once mastered.

Do you have a favorite or least favorite stitch?

~~Peggy Lee

20 comments:

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Great experience to have at least tried different stitches. I find it always interesting every time I go to a different stitch and appreciate that extra step in diversity.
Be always in many different stitches.

Shirlee said...

That's a great thing to do ... try various stitches. I haven't really come across many charts that call for anything other than cross stitches but I know I have some in my stash. Very windy here too! Blessings, Shirlee

Autumn said...

I've been challenging myself too. The Rhodes heart is something I can't master...yet.

Sweet Sue said...

Good for you:) Pass some of that on to me will ya lol!

Penny said...

It is fun to try different stitches. My favorite stitch is the Algerian eye. I do have problems with the queen stitch, but I haven't given up yet. :)

Deborah said...

I love doing different stitches. I must say that I don't care for the queen stitch. In fact, I hate doing it. I work around it every time. lol

cucki said...

i think it is very nice to try different new stitches,,
well done xxxx

Catherine's Sewing Corner said...

This is abrilliant exercise to do and you seem to have had a good go. I love French Knots and woven picots. I like dimensional stitches best.
x catherine

Catherine said...

What a great idea! I think that piece would actually look cute attached to a piece of mat board and framed.

Mouse said...

ooo well done on your sampling of stitches ... the trick to french knots is not to go down the same hole you came up through go down a thread higher and keep your thread taught as you gently pull through .... the same with the petal go a thread higher :) hope that helps :) love mouse xxxx

Chris said...

Fun to doodle! Eyelets are not my favorite :(

Mary Ann said...

Great idea, and your stitches look great!

marly said...

Give me the basic X and I'm a happy camper. I do like the look of eyelets and they are fairly easy to do. But that Queen stitch is not for me! Good for you - best way to learn what we like.

Robin said...

What a neat idea and what a lovely piece to have in your workbasket. I like trying new stitches and tried a buttonhole stitch for sunflowers this past weekend. I'd do it again.....but not those bullion roses!

Mindi said...

I love your doodle cloth! I absolutely abhor queen stitches, and used to dislike eyelets, but I seem to be getting over that. I used to just replace the eyelets with rhodes stitches. Right now I'm trying to perfect my bullion stitches.

Carol said...

What great practice, Peggy--I'm doing a piece now that has a lot of different stitches in it and I'm enjoying it so much! But, I don't think I'll ever like French knots--I just can't get them to look very uniform. Haven't tried a Queen's stitch yet--heard they are a bit tricky...

MoonBeam said...

Like many, the queen stitch is not my favorite, but I'm getting better. I like that you just decided on your own to try a few different things.

I like stitching Drawn Threads patterns once in a while, because her designs are full of fun (mostly) stitches to try.

Bobbi

dixiesamplar said...

I'd sign and frame that sucker up...for future generations, LOL! Looks great too...and the queen stitch, yeah, she's a love or hate stitch...but, once you master her, you adore her forever!

Mary said...

Nicely done! I love Queen stitches and French knots. Also, eyelets and rice stitches. Well, I like a lot of them! :)

I agree that you should turn this little piece into a pin keep or frame it.

Suzanne said...

Nice piece of work, it's always great to learn new stitches. I would have to say my favourite stitch is the queen stitch and least favourite the French knot, I always end up with them having little loopy bits or being pulled through the fabric.