Sunday, 10 July 2005

Working on Janelle's Block

Yesterday was wet and cold - an inside day, so I have been working on Janelle's block. First I did a pair of small flowers using waste canvas:

Waste Canvas Flower

The one thing I am sad about with this block is that scans do not show all the glorious gold and glisten - it is wonderful. So there is even a tiny bit of gold on these - backstitch with Madiera Metallics - my favourite thread. The threads are overdyed Needle Necessities - they give just that little variation in colour - as long as you do not stitch long lines, as that tends to end up in stripes.

Then I went to work on the first of two flowers using needle weaving. I have seen this stitch elsewhere described as "Pictots".


When I was first taught this stitch, I was shown it held by a loop of thread. Then I went towards holding it with a normal sewing pin (ouch!). Now I am trialling a safety pin, and I think I like that the best:

Needle weaving

Note that I am using a tapestry needle (blunt point!), and right until the end I put the eye of the needle through first. The thread is DMC perle #12 crochet cotton.

And - in case you were wondering - I think that beautiful bullion rose that keeps appearing in these pictures is by Bear.

And I did wander over to Sharon's Stitch Dictionary to see if I could find good online instructions, but I cannot spot it there under either name. Anyone got any ideas on any other names????

Hey Sharon - we can appreciate your spending time with your family (and no internet connection), but you need to know we are missing you.


Blogger Maureen said...

Linda, your needle woven leaves are actually needlelace 'leaves'. Would look better if you used 4 threads, one of these as the weaver and you gradually expand the threads outwards with your fingers and then back again so that it is actually leaf shaped (or petal if a flower). It only takes 1000 leaves to perfect this technique!

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Blogger Chloe said...

Mmmmm - Needle Lace is, to me, something quite different - the simplest form being a sort of upside-down Blanket Stitch. It is funny, actually - I saw the three-thread version in Brazillian, and someone insisted that was Cast-on Stitch!!!! (It isn't!)

I did have a 1960s (or was it 1970s?) book on "Free Form Needle Weaving" at one stage that had all sorts of versions of these, with wooden beads, looking a bit like Macrame for Space Aliens.

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