Week in Review 2019 – 05/31

I learned several modifications of the simple chain stitch: Wheat Ear, Backstitched Chain, and Heavy Chain.

Who knew I could have such fun in my studio while my trusty Bernina 1260 is awaiting its repair? Not I. I went from grudging acceptance of the situation to relishing the change of focus not having a sewing machine gives me. Now I’m struggling to make peace with returning to machine w0rk. Oh, the irony!

Next up were a bunch of filling stitches. These stitches are recommended for background work. I’ve tried my hand at Cross Filling, Fly Filling and Powdered Filling. It was while stitching Powdered Filling, I realized it would be perfect for adding beads. Wouldn’t it make a lovely fill for a garden?

Why is embroidery so engaging and playful? Perhaps one reason is my attitude. I am not trying to create something for a future purpose. I’m simply delighting in discovering new to me stitches. There is no need to do the same stitch over and over and over again. So, boredom never sets in.

It didn’t take long for my artist-self to join in the play. I can only follow instructions for so long. Soon it is time to see what happens if I modify an instruction and make it my own.

Where else could I add beads? Zigzag chain, especially when used as a border element, is definitely enhanced by beads.

I picked up my loaner machine on Thursday. It is a Bernina Virtuoso 135. I forced myself to get it operational and finish up the machine work on Hydrangea. It was worth the agony of “fixing” the various tension issues and coping with a new machine. A big thank you to everyone who took the time, several weeks ago, to suggest various ways to finish Hydrangea. The consensus was to add a few leaves to the outer, mid-left side and perhaps tuck them in a bit more. I agreed. It feels whole to me now.

What do you think now?

A big thank you to everyone who took the time, several weeks ago, to suggest various ways to finish Hydrangea. The consensus was to add a few leaves to the outer, mid-left side and perhaps tuck them in a bit more. I agreed. It feels whole to me now.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

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By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.