Posts Tagged ‘hand embroidery’

TAST Catchup: Raised Herringbone Band

July 29, 2010 1 comment

I did a little bit of catch up, here is the raised herringbone band stitch of the TAST challenge.

I was not impressed with my first trial, mainly because 6 strands of normal stranded cotton thread is not quite enough to give good coverage on my aida fabric. So the stitch looks somewhat ragged.

For my next trial, I did long stitches spanning all along the band, then covered them with the smaller stitches the original pattern calls for. As you can see, this creates better coverage and imho also makes the herringbone band sits better on the slightly raised stitches.

I did the same for the third and last sample of the stitch. I also wrapped the herringbone stitches differently for a chance. I quite like this variant.

Connected Sorbello Stitches

July 18, 2010 1 comment

This is another Sorbello variant I explain in detail because it might be hard to figure out. I was inspired by the tast challenge to play arround with it.

I think you can do connected sorbello stitches following the same principles in other arrangements, anybody up to experiments?

I think the pics are self-explanatory on this one. Sorry their bad quality, they were taken on the train to work.

This is a row of a finished stitch.

False Sorbello Stitch

July 15, 2010 1 comment

Sorbello stitch really is a very versatile one. It sparked my imagination so much that I decided to explore it further and neglect the next stitches of the tast challenge somewhat in order to find time for that. I did say I won’t get stressed out about the challenge this year.

Many of the things I did are obvious on my sampler, I think those which are not will be shared in detail.

I’m calling this false Sorbello because it is done like sorbello but doesn’t look like it. If anybody knows this stitch by any other name please tell me.

You work this in columns top down, for rows just turn the fabric. Start the column with a regular sorbello stitch. Then do the next sorbello stitch like a normal sorbello stitch, just don’t do the straight stitch you would do as the beginning of a normal sorbello stitch. anchor the next knot in the “legs” of the first sorbello stitch.

Please note that the legs should be about half as long as shown for an orderly result, but that would have made it hard to figure out how to do the stitch.

The next knot is again anchored in the legs of the previous one. Work the stitches as close together as possible to get a rope-like line. I have tried it more spaced it didn’t really look good.

The last pic shows a row of it closeup. Note that the “rope” the stitch forms is two-sided, experiment with orientation before using it on a real project.

The Next Sampler Section

July 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is a section of my tast challenge sampler. It is the last part I have so far, and finished, I think. Other postings will follow that show a few details and explain a few things.

At Germany we have a heat wave with temperatures up to 40 degree celsius, this is almost too much even for me, although I love heat. Work is also extra busy because I’ll be on vacation soon. I hope I’ll still manage to do a few post-worthy things.

Sorbello Stitch II

June 20, 2010 Leave a comment

I played with sorbello stitch a lot on my sampler and want to share more of my experiences than a simple look at the sorbello section of my tast sampler will show.

Sorbello stitch as cross stitch surrogate

Firstly, I found an interesting blog post. At Vijis Craft There is a posting about using sorbello stitch in chicken scratch instead of cross stitches. An interesting idea that is probably worth trying, thank you Viji!

Generally Sorbello stitch can be used as a fancy replacement for cross stitch. To do this, make sure your stitches are exactly square and use a yarn that is covering the groud well. This is good for small and simple designs. Another thing that I still need to try is combining it with regular cross stitch.

Working sorbello stitch to and fro

Sorbello stitch has a direction, for an orderly look you need to carry the yarn back to the start on the wrong side and always work all stitches in a piece in the same direction, execpt when you consciously play with the difference.
When you have to do many rows this will get annoying. Here I show you a way to work it to and fro.

Sorry the bad oictures, they were taken on the train. I hope you still get how the stitch is done.

This is how the classical sorbello stitch is done:

And this is the reverse one for the back rows:

Procrastination and TAST 2

March 28, 2010 1 comment

Now I’ve spent my time choosing and configuring a new theme instead of whipping up a proper blog post. Me bad.

Also, I’m behind with Sharon B’s challenge, which has barely begun. Here are a few pics of what little I did for it.

Here I just practiced knotted diamond stitch.

Next, I worked it over satin stitches, this was not too successful because it doesn’t hold them down very good.

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Needleweaving in my Assisi Embroidery

June 14, 2009 2 comments

This is a little part of my assisi embroidery. I have used needlewoven bars wildly crossed to add to the general encrusted look. I’m rather pleased with this, and I think it is easier done than tons of french knots and buillon stitches. (although I’m afraid of the latter no more after this piece)


This is a turk’s cap lilly from my garden. They take 5 years from seedling to the first flowers, so I treasure them very much. I like them more than most of the big colourful everyday garden flowers.


This Week’s Stitching Progress

June 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Sharon B is posting her actual stitching progress every week and has invited others to do the same. Sadly I never seem to get this done before saturday. Well, here is what I stitched since last wednesday.

My needlewoven tree on coconut fiber background is done so far. I don’t know weather I’ll leave it as is or add some more.


By needleweaving I was inspired to needleweave on a little pin frame. I should have taken the time to make a cardboard loom which can be taken on the train. This is how far I got. I will post details sometime soon.


On the commute, I continued working on my assisi piece. I am through 3 1/2 skeins of stranded cotton floss now, using 4 threads in a needle. I don’t know why this is so slow going, and I’m still not sure if it’s going to look good.


Stitching On: Outlines and Internal Fillings on my Assisi Project

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

So I’m working on my stuff slowly but surely, in between cleaning up the garden and enjoying the fine weather in other ways. The whole thing is going to be more “Sharon-style” than traditional assisi work of course. This Prym iron-on pattern pen fades within a months or so, so I’m trying to finish all the outlines quickly. I’m doing only the dark parts inside the onion in long and short stitch, I plan to use something more textured on the outside.

This I did in the evening, in a room not too well lit.

And this in daylight.

I think the difference does show. I will need better lights. But these also show that I will have to pracrice long and short stitch a lot more. I’m doing it with 3 strands of floss here to match the coarse linen.

Another raised stitch – Knotted detatched Buttonhole

March 16, 2009 4 comments

Jowynn posted a stitch on her blog she had trouble with, knotted detatched buttonhole stitch. It looked interesting, I found I can do it, so I wrote a step-by-step. It looks complicated, but is not really. The most difficult thing is to keep it even. Sorry for the makeshift photographs, I did it on a doodling cloth, not a special white fabric for better pics.

Therese de Dillmont lists this one under lace stitches (for needlemade lace) and writes it should be worked close, for filling solid areas rather than as openwork ground.

First, surround the area you want to fill with back stitches, exept at the bottom.

To start the first real stitch, do a buttonhole stitch into the first of the foundation backstitches.


should look like this when done.


Now, work another buttonhole stitch arround the lower part of the first one like shown.


Should look like this after pulling the thread through gently. Now pull the little knot taught. I find that works best when you do not only tug at the tread but push against the knot with the nails of thumb and index finger.
Repeat steps 1-3 until the row is finished.


A few finished rows. The pic is there to show how you turn round and anchor the working thread under the foundation backstitches.


This is the first buttonhole stitch of the second row. The stitches are worked the same just in another direction. I find it most comfortable to turn the fabric upside down for the back rows, but then I’m a lefty. Just try to find a comfortable working position.
Make sure you work the same number of stitches in every row if you want to fill a rectangular area. In all other cases, increase or decrease at the ends of the rows as needed.


The finished filling.


Urg, that was a load of pics, I have gone somewhat over the top with the number of steps. I hope this is useful and easy to understand. If not please tell me so.


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