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February 2009
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Soil Conditioner for the garden February 24th, 2009

Collecting stable sweepings for the gardenA Friends sister has horses that are stabled just a few minutes drive away and today we went out to there and collected bags of her stable sweepings to put on my garden.

My Band Sampler 159 – Stitch Explorer Trellis Stitchea Teddy Bear – Detail 904 and 905 February 23rd, 2009

Boo Bo my Trellis Stitch Teddy BearLast week when sewing with Sharon she pulled some brown chenille out of my box and suggested that I could stitch a teddy bear with it…I drew a bear shape and used pearl thread to back stitch around it, I was glad that I thought to do longer back stitches because the chenille needed the extra space…for the legs and arms I trellis stited down one side and then as I stitched the second side I laced the thread through the first side between each stitch, for the body I die a row of trellis down both sides and then laced the 2 sides together down the centre, the head is spiral trellis stitch, the ears, which are not attached to the fabric are a row of 3 sitches and a row of 2 stitches.

An overview of part of my samplerI named him Boo Boo because he reminded me of my child hood bear who was in turn named after Boo Boo, Yogi Bear’s offsider…And what did Boo Boo do? I blamed my child hood bear for the naughty things that I did and this little Boo Boo left brown fluff on Sharon’s floor.

How to stitch a trellis stitch teddy bear

My Band Sampler 159 – Stitch Explorer Trellis Stitch Tea Cup – Detail 903 February 22nd, 2009

Trellis Stitch Tea Cup with fingers to show sizeI used a fine silk thread for this little Tea Cup and Saucer and it was somewhat tedious to stitch but I will do tedious if it means I can make cute things.

I started with a flat spiral trellis stitch circle for the centre of the saucer and worked a couple of extra rows around the outside edge, next time I will do a smaller circle to start and more rows around the edge.

For the cup I stitched a circle of back stitch on the saucer stitched a row into them, increased a little on the second and third rows to give the cup shape and continued to add rows until the cup was high enough…For the handle I made some loops of thread the size of the handle and worked trellis stitch over them, it similar to a buttonhole loop but the trellis stitch doesn’t twist like buttonhole stitch does

Trellis Stitch Tea Cup

My Band Sampler 158 – Stitch Explorer Trellis Stitch Hat – Detail 902 February 21st, 2009

Trellis Stitch HatWhen I was Stitching the tree I kept looking at my wonky pyramid and thinking that if it was round it would look like a hat…ummm a hat couldn’t be to difficult to do, actually it turned out to be very easy.

To stitch a Hat start by following Just String Blogspot’s Trellis Stitch Instructions and stitch 2 rows, decrease from the first row so that the hat brim sits flat on the fabric, stitch 2 rows without decreasing, then decrease to the centre of the hat crown, adjust number of rows in each section to make different sizes and styles of hat…decorate to taste, I used silk ribbon which I stitched on so that it wouldn’t slip of and then formed a bow by making a loop and hold it in place with a stitch and then making a second loop and stitch it in place, I then threaded the ends of the ribbon to the back.

Hats come in many styles and can be decorated in such a multitude of ways I would love to see any hats that others make so if you do make a trellis stitch hat could you drop back and leave a comment with a link to where we can see yours?

My Band Sampler 157 – Stitch Explorer Febuary Trellis Stitch – Details 900 and 901 February 20th, 2009

Trellis Stitch

When Sharon showed me her Trellis stitch samples I was excited because I immediately thought of some cute things that I could do with it and I have had more ideas since…but first things first I have to learn how to do Trellis Stitch instructions.
Thank you Just String Blogspot for the clear instructions.

The mechanics of the stitch, wrapping the thread over and under the needle is much the same as a twisted chain so that bit was easy, getting the tension and when/how much to increase/decrease took a little practice although I am finding that it is very forgiving and a missed stitch or an extra stitch doesn’t stand out.

I started with a ring and a couple of circles, the second one changing thread for the middle of the circle…I then moved onto a wall with towers at the corners…The little green spot is a bush not very exciting in itself but I started with just a few stitches and increased a little before decreasing and as I was increasing it was forming a funnel shape and I realized that Trellis stitch wil make great Fungi shapes.

Next I did a pyramid, a wonky pyramid because I decreased to quickly.

while I was stitching the pyramid I was looking at my bush and thought, a little bit bigger with a brown trunk and it would be tree…

To make the tree I started with 4 stitches set in a square and worked spiral trellis stitch till it was about 1/2 inch high and then added a branch to the side.

Trellis stitch tree trunk

To make the top of the tree I worked 4 rows of Trellis stitch increasing each row at which point I joined the branch.

Trellis stitch tree top

I then worked 1 row without increasing and then decreased to the top of the tree.

Trellis stitch Tree

My Band Sampler 156 – Details 895 to 899 – Feather Stitch February 19th, 2009

trimming Feather Stitch

The top 3 lines are simple ideas for using beads or Colonial Knots to trim Feather Stitch.

Detached Chain Stitch also makes a lovely trim for Feather Stitch.

The last line is another idea for overlapping rows this one has the 2 rows side and partially overlapped.

My Band Sampler 155 – Details 892 to 894 – Feather Stitch February 18th, 2009

Overlapping Feather Stitch

This variation of overlapped feather stitchs is one that came out of my TAST feather stitch experiments.

I did the first line in 2 colours so that you can see how the second row of stitching shares the top holes of the first row but has a shallower V.

The shape of this stitch can be varied by changing the depth of the V and the angle on the needle when working the second row.

My Band Sampler 154 – Details 889 to 891 – Feather Stitch February 17th, 2009

overlapped Feather Stitch

These Feather Stitch Variations are formed with 2 rows stitched in the same direction and overlapped.

The first 2 rows have the main feather stitch shadowed with a metallic thread.

The third line has the 2 rows half overlapped with some of the stitches in the second row superimposed over those on the first row.

My Band Sampler 154 – Details 885 to 888 – Feather Stitch February 16th, 2009

overlapping feather stitch

This lot of Feather Stitch are variations formed by stitching 2 rows in opposite directions.

The first line has the 2 row side by side.

The second row has the arms of 2nd row overlapping the arms of the first row.

The third line has the 2nd row staggered.

The last row has the 2nd row of stitching overlapping the first so that 2 sections of the stitch overlap.

Second Hand Sunday February 15th, 2009

Today was ‘Second Hand Sunday’ in Canberra…A day when if you have anything to give away you register your address with a brief description of what you have and then today you put it out on the roadside curb…The list is put up on the website, I checked the list for my local area on last night and one of them had 300 bricks…I need more bricks for what I want to do in the garden so I had myself up early this morning and around at the address early enough to be first in and I got the bricks…I went back a couple of hours later and we moved 3 1/2 boot loads…they need cleaning but the mortar is soft and chips of easily.

second hand sunday bricksSecond hand sunday bricks