Sunday, 18 February 2018

Summer in Europe Regensburg Door

This one has driven me crazy but I like the outcome. It's all done in gold thread and the close up shows the shine better.

This is based on a door in Regensburg, Germany. I think it might be the Bishop's Palace but couldn't swear to that. You can see the door here. 

Initially I started doing this design in gold beads, but I decided it wouldn't fit with the overall quilt so I started again. Then I made the big mistake of using metallic thread for couching. It would have been fine using the metallic thread for the top thread but I also used it to stitch the top thread down and that caused endless problems. The top thread is all 6 strands of DMC  metallic embroidery thread and it's stitched down with a single strand of the same thread. It's a very rough thread which catches easily and then tangles or the shiny bit comes away from the inside nylon thread. I have a very fine, strong, smooth thread specially designed for use with gold work which I should have used which would have halved the time spent on this at least. 

Once I'd started though, I didn't feel I could switch threads so I persevered, swearing and snarling all the way. Just to test things out, I did use the smooth thread for the final outside line, and it worked like a dream so lesson learnt. If you look at the close up I think the smooth thread looks better than the metallic thread too so I wish I'd used it from the start. 

Take a stitch 2018

I am a big fan of Sharon Boggon who write the Pintangle blog which deals with all things crazy quilting and other embroidery too. I used information gleaned from her sumptuous surface course to make my Sumptuous Zebra piece a while ago.

Sharon publishes a weekly challenge called Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) where she shows a different stitch each week. I tried to follow it before but didn't manage to keep up, however this year she has started it from week one again and so far I've kept pace. This is my work so far after eight weeks.

I bought a man's thick cotton shirt from a charity shop and my plan is to add a new stitch each week. So far I've done the first eight stitches which are running, blanket, fly, detached chain, herringbone chain and feather. This is not the best picture in the world and at some stage I'll include some close ups but this is it for now.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Summer in Europe - orange art deco glass bowl

Another item inspired by something in the Passau glass museum. This looks so much better in real life - it hasn't photographed very well.

This is quite a small thing and I was keen to use some gold work. I played around with lots of more complicated designs but in the end decided simple was best. This is the bowl it's based on.