Friday, August 04, 2006

Needlework tools and silken samplers

SBQ, 8/3/2006: Do you have a favorite needlework tool that you like to work with? What is it and why do you like using it? Hmmm. Other than my needles and scissors, I don't have that many "tools." Lately, the instrument that has been coming in handy the most is my little 10-cent threader - metallics and silks can be a bear to get through a needle's eye!

The other night I finished the gateway poem piece - I ended up leaving the border off completely, and just attaching a heart button at the top and bottom. I'll try to remember to post a pic over the weekend. I'm not sure how soon that will be, though, since my mother is coming out this weekend to go to the renaissance faire with us.

I really seem to be getting my money's worth out of my subscription to "The Gift of Stitching." So far I've stitched 2 pieces from it (the Woodland Sampler and the St. George ornament), in addition to the awesome hand-dyed threads I won! And last night I started another - the 2-part "Mystery Sampler" by Debbie Draper. I'm using silks, which is a new experience for me. They were some of the threads I won, from Colour Streams: "Arabian Nights" and "Berry." The Arabian Nights is a 6-strand silk, and the Berry is a thicker thread called Ophir. The Berry is giving me minor headaches....let's just say I won't be showing off the back of this piece anytime soon. It twists SO easily, and then I get knots on the back. For the most part I've managed to tack the loops down with surrounding threads, but it is still frustrating. I also wonder if the stitches done in Berry don't look a bit thicker/lumpier.... I'm totally loving the colors, though, so I'll stick with it!!

Oh, and the fabric is 28-ct. potato lugana.

Edit: after a bit of digging around, I've discovered that Colour Streams' "Ophir" is the silk equivalent of cotton perle #8. So do you think it will look odd to use (basically) a 6-strand and a perle like this? I *suppose* I could frog out the Ophir and order the same color in a 6-strand is available..... Help!!!


Sue said...

I like the colors and think the stitching looks great. I knew before you even added it to the end of your blog that it was a perle cotton that you had there. This is your piece, if you like it, stick with it and enjoy.

Carol said...

A 10 cent needle threader is a most excellent answer Erin!!! They can be as good as gold!!!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Erin, I'm enjoying your blog very much. I was wondering about your visits to the "faires". We use to have a lovely ren-faire here which ran every weekend for almost two months during the summer. It lasted 10 years and then the owners/organizers shut it down because they felt they weren't getting the crowds that they'd hoped for. We miss it. Cheers Judy

tkdchick said...

I think those colours look lovley!