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My Band Sampler 200 – Detail 1054 – Rockwiz, A Night to Remember March 26th, 2010

Rockwiz - A Night to Remember

Rockwiz is a Rock Music Trivia Quiz produced by SBS TV, you can watch episodes here…Rockwiz is currently doing a National Tour of Live Shows and we had tickets to last Friday’s Show in Canberra…It was a fabulous show…For the quiz they have 2 teams, each team has an invited guest and 2 audience members, the audience members are selected by quizing 24 audience members (who got wild cards) and the 4 answering the most questions are in the show…I have explained the process so that you can understand why it was an extra special night for us as a family, my daughter has a huge musical knowledge and was absolutly thrilled to get a wild card to be one of the 24 and after all the problems that she has overcome in her life we her family where thrilled to see her confidently buzzing in and answering questions correctly, she didn’t make the final 4 but that didn’t matter, just having the experience made it a night to remember for us all.

My Band Sampler 199 – TAST II stitch 03 – Beaded Hedebo Edge – Details 1047 to 1053 March 24th, 2010

These are my first Beaded Hedebo Edges. Every time I do the base of cross stitches for this stitch I think how pretty it is, so when I used it as a frame I added only the beads to it.

Beaded Hedebo Edge

My Band Sampler 198 – TAST II stitch 02 – Knotted Loop Stitch, inpired by others and on crazy quilting – Details 1043 to 1046 March 19th, 2010

Again after doing variations of the stitch that seemed obvious to me I had a look around the blogs linked to Sharon’s comments and found a few ideas that I liked.

I found the top detail on Doreen’s blog.

I found 2 Blogs who saw fish in the knotted loop stitch and was interested in how differently they used the stitch to make there fish skeletons. both stitchers have also used the knotted loop stitch to make seaweed with there fish.

The fish on the right is a Stitchinwomen skeleton fish

The fish on the right is a Caro-Rose-Creations fish skeleton

knotted loop stitch inspired by others

I saw similar variations to the bottom detail on several blogs and it is the variation that I have used on a crazy quilt.

knotted Loop stich on my box top

My Band Sampler 197 – TAST II stitch 02 – More Knotted Loop Stitch – Details 1041 to 1042 – Arboretum Open Day March 17th, 2010

Bird Sculpture at the Canberr Arboretum

knotted loop stitch trees

Knotted Loop Stitch makes good leaves and it follows that it could also make good trees and I used it to create the trees in this detail that records a lovely early morning walk with friends at the National Arboretum being etablished in Canberra…The site of the arboretum has panoramic views of Canberra in all directions, The Hot Air Ballons were up and after the rain we have had recently everything is green and as pretty as a picture…

The Bird on the Mountain could well be to represent the Sculpture of a bird on his nest at the Arboretum(great sculpture made out of old rusty metal car bits and tools), but its not, what looks like a mountain was supposed to look like my roof,off in the distance, just pocking out above the trees and the Bird on My roof is to represent Bird Roofing Restorations who restored my roof last week.

The detail at the bottom is Knotted loop stitch with beads added.

My Band Sampler 196 – TAST II stitch 02 – Knotted Loop Stitch – Details 1036 to 1040 March 15th, 2010

Knotted Loop Stitch

The little bit at the top is a last diamond stitch because I wanted to see how it would stitch with Metalic thread.

The first Row of Knotted Loop Stitch is the basic stitch done in a size 5 cottojn pearl thread.

The second row, done with a soft thick cotton thread, forms curves down each side by altering the length of the stitch.

Leaves is an obvious use for knotted Loop stitch.

On the 10th of March a third baby elephant was born in Australia, this little guy, nick named Mr Shuffles is kinda special, thought to have died in in the womb only to be born alive and now after a shaky start is doing well…I have used knotted loop stitch to frame his photo.

The bottom row is the thick soft cotton thread with one straight side and one shaped side making it look like a fringe.

My Band Sampler 195 – TAST II stitch 01 Diamond stitch Inspired by Others – Details 1030 to 1035 March 11th, 2010

International Women’s Day

After I had done my diamond stitch variations I had a look around to see what others had done with the stitch and here are a few that appealed to me.

For the curved detail I have shirley’s twisted threads to thank, I love the way the Shirley used the running stitches to finish off the end.

For the vertical detail on the right I have Maureen to thank, I liked the line formed by the mixed random sized seam, looks a bit like a tall candle stick.

I have Textile Explorations to thank for both the beaded details.

The bottom detail is the result of my thinking what if I did the stitches at an angle.

diamond sttich variations inspired by others

My Band Sampler 194 – TAST II stitch 01 Diamond Stitch – Details 1024 to 1029 March 8th, 2010

I am partisipating in TAST II That is Take A Stitch Tuesday round 2.

Week 1 is Diamond Stitch

I started with a size 5 cotton pearl thread.
Then tried it with a size 5 Rayon pearl twist thread.
Still using the rayon I elongated the distance between the stitches,.
Then using a size 8 cotton pearl I worked alternate stitches wider to get a zig zag edge.
With a size 8 Rayon Pearl twist thread I not only alternated narrow and wide stitches but used a longer stitch at the edges of the wider stitches.
I like this stitch but don’t much enjoy doing it because it is realy hard to keep an even tension on the loops so for the bottom row, still using the size 8 Rayon, added a bead to the thread before doing the left side loop and then went through the bead again to connect the diamonds, it was a little easier to work but it was still difficult to keep an even tension.

TAST2 Diamond Stitch

Box for my crazy quilted box topTo use Diamond Stitch on a crazy quilt I have done a seam on my Box Top.

Diamond stitch on my Box top

My Band Sampler 193 – Detail 1023 – Autumn down under March 7th, 2010

With the change of background colour for the new month the seam is also covered with a change of colour, the grass which has been brown for so long turned green with the rain and grew, some of it has been mowed.

and with the new month autumn has blown in with the wind.


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My Band Sampler 192 – Detail 1022 in progress March 6th, 2010

febuary activities in progress

Febuary was a buzy month when I got a few things done to the house…when I sat down with Sharon to work out which events I would include on my sampler, I started with a written list on a small piece of paper (see image below), when Sharon interpretted pink insulation bats as pink Bats I drew a roof with bats flying around in it and before I knew it we had incorperated all the events on the list into a cartoon style drawing of the cross section of a house…I am still working out how to interpret some of the drawing but am posting the detail in progress so that I can keep the sequence of the sampler in order but still go on posting the TAST II stitch before the next one is out. I will add the finished detail and point back to it when I have it finished.

visual journal for febuary activities

My Band Sampler 191 – Details 1016 to 1021 – and My Box Top sees the light of day again March 2nd, 2010

box top in progress

Box for my crazy quilted box top

I have pulled my box top out again and am aiming to do at least one seam a month which means that it could be done by the end of the year

meant to be Thorn stitch

It was meant to be Thorn Stitch (a variation of feather stitch) but as I got near to the end of the seam I looked at the instructions again and found that I had been doing something different….

And so to my sampler, the first thing to notice is the change of colour, I have decided to change the colour every month with the alternate months being different colours.

the top band is the stitch as I did it on my boxtop

the second band is how i reinterpereted the instructions

but still it didn’t look like the picture, another look at the instructions from which band 3 was done.

the instructions I was following where some I had printed at a very small size (to make them handy to carry in my sewing box), me thinks now that they were to small, after referring back to the full size intructions the 4th band is Thorn Stitch.

What did I learn from this stitch?…I learnt that miss reading instructions can be a good way to come up with different stitch variations.

Thorn stitch

the short seam on the left is raised band feather stitch.