Norma's Needleworkz

Monday, April 30, 2007

TAST week 17 - Running Stitch

Back in 1989 BC (before computer) I decided I wanted to learn some different embroidery stitches and purchased Jacqueline Enthoven's The Stitches of Creative Embroidery Revised and Enlarged Edition. It is one of my favorite books. Little did I know that one day that book and the beginning sampler would play a role in my stitching part of Sharon B's Take A Stitch Tuesday Challenge. This sampler is stitched on 25ct. linen using #8 perle cotton for the first two rows and three strands DMC floss for the last three rows. The middle row is whipped with the DMC gold thread that comes on a spool.

The first sample that I actually stitched for the challenge is worked on 18ct. linen and the first left hand row may be a little hard to see as it was stitched with a single strand of a needle neccesities thread in a zigzag pattern. The pattern is repeated with two strands of that thread and then I stitched a pyramid in the same thread using the two strands. This is the first time I've used needle neccesities and I like the way it stitches. The top right hand pattern is stitched with #20 black crochet cotton and the magenta pattern is also stitched with #20 crochet cotton.

My final sample of the Running Stitch is worked on 14ct. Aida with the top band stitched with brown #5 perle in a Double Running Stitch. It is woven with #5 pink perle cotton. The second row is again just the plain Running Stitch worked in #5 copper (perle) and wrapped with #5 green perle. The third band is worked with #5 red perle and I added blue iridescent seed beads. On the bottom row the left hand band is stitched with #5 light green perle and woven with three strands dark green Caron's Watercolors. The final band is stitched with #5 burgandy perle in an arrow type pattern. For lots of wonderful inspiration and stitches please check out Sharon B's


At 4/30/2007 01:39:00 PM, Blogger Thelma said...

Very nice Norma. Love the bands you made with the running stitch.

At 4/30/2007 03:10:00 PM, Blogger DelightfullyCrazy said...

Really beautiful stitching Norma!

At 4/30/2007 05:03:00 PM, Blogger annetteb said...

Especially like the pyramid and vareigated colours. Annette

At 4/30/2007 09:35:00 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Great collection of running stitch samples. Thanks for posting and the recommendation on the book.

At 4/30/2007 10:44:00 PM, Blogger crazyQstitcher said...

The stitches are lovely Norma and what wonderful borders they would make. I am inspired.

At 4/30/2007 11:32:00 PM, Blogger Vivian said...

very nice variety ... this is a talented little stitch!

At 5/17/2007 07:34:00 PM, Blogger Candi Harris said...

Norma, you've been TAGGED:)
You need to tell 7 things about yourself and then pick 5 others to Tag in turn:) tee hee
if you don't want to do it u don't have to.

At 6/10/2007 11:15:00 AM, Blogger katiejayinpa said...

Wonderful stuff Norma, and lovely colors!


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