Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TAST - Crested Chain Stitch

Hmm...not sure what to do with this weeks stitch - Crested Chain.  It looks quite similar to Bonnet Stitch, of which I was not a fan.  If its like bonnet stitch it's going to look best with a thicker thread and probably good tension.  And I use 2 strands of DMC floss and have terrible tension.  Oh well, I'll just have to find a great chicken picture to detract from the stitch itself haha.

The tutorial on Pintangle is here if you want to have a go.

The Tree

I've made a start on the tree.  Its started off not too bad.  I can see now why Elza sometimes uses regular sewing machine thread, even 1 strand of DMC thread is quite thick for the wee branches.  While I aim to one day be able to needlepaint like Elza and Trish Burr and other amazing artists like them, I don't think the smoothness of their technique would work for the leaves of this tree (thankfully) so while technically I've used the same technique I've tried to keep some texture in the stitches to replicate the leaves.

For the bark/thicker branches I'm using my tried and true favourite split stitch and for the smaller branches good old back stitch.  I quite like the look of the split stitch for the bark, it works.  But as I said the single strand of DMC does seem a bit thick for the smaller back stitch.

For the next project Tip #1 - Try out some sewing machine thread compared to a single strand of DMC.  Ahead of time of course so you can colour match.

The biggest hurdle I think for this project will be the shading.  I'm not an artist by any stretch of the imagination so shading is a completely foreign concept.  I've again picked a spread of colours with DMC doing the work for me.  So I'll just be doing my best using those for the shading and hoping the end result works.  It's all about learning new things so we'll just see where we end up.  And if nothing else I imagine its practice, practice, practice.

Oh! as for the printable fabric.  I'm quite impressed with the print quality.  Although its definitely noisier to stitch than regular calico.  You can definitely hear the thread going through the fabric.  Not sure if thats the ink or just the fabric itself.  I can't feel any difference between the printed area and the non printed, so I guess it must be the fabric.  Must remember to have a wee stitch on the outer edge and have a listen.  (not that its weird to be listening to your stitching at all, yeah right!)

Right I'll leave it there, get Miss P into bed and get sewing!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Encrusted Calico - Woohoo it's finished!

Yep, done and dusted.  As I think I mentioned I spent a bit of time 'rounding' it up as the outer edge was looking a big weird.  But of course now it possibly looks like it should be a circle and its not.  And of course if you give that thought any credence I could be here for the rest of the year and to be honest I just don't have the fabric around the edge to do that.  I've already well and truly blown past my 10cm x 10cm border (4" x 4").

I'm pleased with the end result and to keep Hubby happy I'll find a frame and put it on the wall somewhere (behind a door or something haha).  I might type up a quick how-to at some point, put all my lessons learnt in one place, in case someone else like me is poking around the net looking for the same thing.  But I think before I do that I might do another one, not as big and actually covering a pebble/small stone seeing thats what started me down this route in the first place.  Will see what else there is to learn about actually covering a pebble, I did find some comments somewhere about the challenges of dealing with wrinkles in the fabric caused by both the lumpy bits and of course the wrapping around the pebble, so that'll be interesting.

Anyway, here is the finished result.  Its another grey, wet day here so you'll have to excuse the lighting, I did my best.

What Next?

So whats next?  Well I don't have a pebble just yet so thats out and I can't have nothing to do.  That'll just drive me potty.  I have had a fascination with Van Goghs Starry Night for quite a while, reckon it'd look great in thread and turns out someone beat me to it (not surprising).  But that doesn't mean its off the to-do list, just not right now.  

There is a lady in South Africa called Elza, not sure what her last name is.  Elza prints photos onto fabric and then embroiders the details.  For someone like me who can't paint, dye etc this sounds like a great idea.  So I think thats what I'm going to do next.  I've found my photo, I've printed it onto some 'ready to print' fabric which I haven't used before.  But we'll see how we go, its printed at 9cm wide by about 18 cm tall (3 1/2" x 7").  Here's the photo below (I have a fascination with trees believe it or not, not actually chickens haha).  Anyway based on the way Elza does her embroidery I will embroider the foreground tree, flowers, rocks etc but the print of the background stays untouched.  So you get to keep the depth of the photo I guess.  What do I know? Nothing thats what, but I'm going to give it a go.

Elza seems to do flowers and birds and they're A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  She doesn't sell patterns or do classes but she does share advice etc from her Facebook page.  If you want to check her out, here's her Facebook page.  Elza'z Embroidery

TAST - Closed Herringbone

I've also finished Chicken Little # 92 - Closed Herringbone.  I've had this chicken image in my folder for a while, not particularly keen on it, but figured it might come in handy for a 'filling' type stitch at some point.  Turns out it was perfect for Closed Herringbone - yay!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Encrusted Calico - Progress

Well I'm nearly there.  Although I'm not too happy with the shape, I think I might try and round it up a bit.  The initial plan was to kind of have a bit of a wavy, more random edge but the sides haven't worked out that way.  

Oh well, a few more days stitching will save me having to worry about what my next project will be for a bit longer.  That and what I'm going to do once TAST is finished - gulp! 

Hubby is suggesting rather strongly that I frame this one when its done.  Whats wrong with a box full of embroidery - thats what I'd like to know.  But yes I might frame this one and I have my first stump work piece that needs a frame too.

You may or may not have noticed that the other bone button (from the bottom right) is missing.  Once I'd shifted a couple of bits around I figured I might as well get rid of that one as well.  Hey! don't judge its my project and I can do what I want 😝

TAST - Closed Herringbone

Still a few more weeks of TAST to go.  This weeks stitch is Closed Herringbone, the tutorial on Pintangle is here and as per usual I've borrowed a picture from the tutorial.  Hmmmm, it kind of lends itself to long tail feathers or maybe a thatched roof.  Although its highly unlikely I will be able to get it THAT neat and even.  Will have to put my thinking cap on.  

Thats it for now.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

TAST - linked double chain

I was starting to think we wouldn't see the sun again for a short while there.  But its back - yay!  And as promised here is Chicken Little #91 - linked double chain.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

TAST - linked double chain

The weather is totally awful here today.   A big snow storm affecting the whole country, we're only a small country but still.  Not a lot of snow in our area, but its on the hills and we've definitely got the wind and rain and its terribly cold.  And lucky for me I didn't HAVE to go into work so I didn't which means I've cracked off this weeks TAST stitch today - linked double chain.  The Pintangle tutorial is here , with a picture from the tutorial below.

When I first saw this I thought how the heck am I going to chicken-ify that?!?  But luckily it wasn't so hard.  I might sound like I'm being a bit of a tease saying I've done the stitch this week and not showing my version of it.  But its still drying and its so dark here today I don't think I stand a chance of photographing it.  So you'll just have to wait 😴

Progress on the Encrusted Calico

I have made some progress over the last few days on the encrusted piece.  The spiral trellis that I was going to practice a bit more before adding, well I added it, even though I didn't practice it.  I'm sure any good embroiderer will look at it and go 'yep you should've practiced it a bit more'.  But I'm quite pleased with it considering it's only the third time I've tried it.

Oh! I have another confession to make I did actually pick my two layers apart for a bit of modification.  I had a small curtain ring with a bead inside it and as I've worked on the stitching the bead had kind of gotten lopsided.  So I unpicked the two layers around that to remove the bead.  It meant that I had to unpick another bit to get to it, so while I was there I removed button that I had underneath a plastic 'thing' (I'm really not sure what it is, hubby bought it up from the garage for me).

I did notice the other day on the one piece of info I did find about encrusted calico that they suggested you add the bits between the layers as you go, where as another site had said to make the sandwich first.  That may've been more helpful to read at the start rather than over half way through.  Oh well, next time.  😆

So that must be a new learning right?

Learning Number 7:
I think there could be some merit in not sewing all your bits between the layers right at the start.  Because if like me something doesn't work, or shifts in the middle of stitching it can be a bit of a pain to undo.

Learning Number 8:
This one is totally obvious to most but actually in practice not always easy to do.  When working on your piece don't hold onto the fabric where you have already stitched.  Thats goes for any embroidery really.  But I've noticed that the bone button stitching looks a bit rubbed.  The thing caused me no amount of angst to start with trying to figure out how to cover it over and now the threads look a bit worn.  I'm not sure if I've been holding on to it while stitching or its just fluffed up a bit as my hand has gone back and forth around it.  I guess the other option would be to do the 'filling in' first and then the actual 'accent' bits at the end.  But then the filling would drive the accent bits rather than the other way around so thats not a great idea either.  Just be careful with handling your stitching alright?

Um what else?  Oh the curtain ring.  So once I had removed the bead I decided to fairly loosely button hole around the curtain ring and fill it in with just a single coloured group of French knots.

Its actually quite cool to look at the 'before' shot and where I'm at now.

Monday, July 10, 2017

TAST - Woven Trellis

Whoop! Whoop!  Chicken Little Number Ninety - yep Nine OHHH.... Its crazy I know but 90 little chickens 😝

If you want to check them all out, the link to my online album is here.  

The next TAST stitch will be up tomorrow :-)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Chicken Little Number 89 - Italian Border

Ok so in order to catch up to 89 stitches for the current round of TAST I've done an extra stitch this week - Italian Border.  Still from the list at Pintangle but not in the current TAST list.  Sharons tutorial is here.

I'm really pleased with how this wee guy came out.  Italian border is a variation of Fly Stitch and when I was wondering what to do with it and scrolling through all my chicken images, I wondered whether it'd work one of top of the other and well I reckon it works pretty well as a grass skirt!

TAST - Woven Trellis

This weeks TAST stitch is Woven Trellis, the tutorial is found here.  I've have a plan for it, but haven't started it yet.  Yes I know I better get moving, but I still have a couple of days to get it done.
Here's a pic of the stitch from Pintangle.

Encrusted Calico

Miss P has been sick this week which isn't good but it has allowed me some extra sewing time.  So I've made some good progress with this.  I was a bit worried about the rather big lump of rubber (bottom right) and what I was going to do with that, but after doing some Picots further up, I figured there wasn't any reason why I couldn't use those to cover something.  I'm sure there is a proper name for it, but I don't know what it is. 😊

You know how when you have these 'great' ideas and you launch forth and find that while they look OK they don't fit quite right, or one is way thinner/longer/wonkier than the others?  Well that didn't happen.  They fitted just right, they're all of a pretty even size, I didn't catch one with my needle or anything!  I thought I'd just run a darker colour either side of each woven bit up to the centre just to break the large expanse of the same colour and that looked great too.  Topped it off with a few French knots to fill in the centre in the same darker colour and voila!  I'm so pleased with it.  I'll try and get a closer picture when its daylight.

Weirdly while the TAST stitch this week is Woven Trellis, from a completely different website I came across Spiral Trellis stitch.  The two stitches, don't really bear a lot of resemblance to each other, but once I get another one or two done as practice I'm going to use that for the last of the 3 same shaped 'bumps' on the left there. (just by my thumb).

Anyway I'm rambling, thanks for visiting 😁

Monday, July 3, 2017

TAST - Wrapped Coral

So after a bit of a rough start Chicken Little 88 is done.  I was originally going to give the chicken hair and use the Wrapped Coral as plaits, but once I started it I hated it.  So I undid it.  Second try I decided I'd go with more of a hat approach and messed up the bend from the plait to the hat.  Third time was a charm though and if I do say so myself I reckon it looks pretty good.

I have realised that I am somehow a stitch behind in TAST they're up to stitch 89 already.  As I started from the list from the previous TAST round I've done some that aren't on the current TAST list and have always been a few 'ahead'.  But as I usually don't do the beaded version of a stitch  (because of my bead aversion haha)  I've gotten one behind - oh no!  As this round of TAST is only going up to 100 stitches I really want to finish with everyone else.  That and I may or may not have already picked out the chicken for number 100 haha.  

Anyway, so as well as whatever the new stitch is tomorrow, I'm also doing Italian Border stitch this week.  Link to the tutorial on Pintangle here.  I just have to hope now that Sharon doesn't pick that before we hit 100, otherwise I'll have to pick something else.  Italian border stitch is like Fly Stitch but instead of using a wee stitch to hold it down you use a French knot.  I've already managed to chicken-ify it so watch this space to see it in action.

Here's a picture of the stitch from Pintangle.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

TAST - Wrapped Coral

So this weeks stitch is Wrapped Coral.  Sometimes I look at the stitch for the week and I know exactly how to chicken-ify it.  And sometimes theres nothing.  This week is one of those, although I thought maybe an edging to a dress?  Sometimes once I start practicing the stitch another idea will appear.  But once I re-read the tutorial Sharon had suggested doing each stitch closely together so I squished them up a bit further and it gave quite a solid braided look.  So thats what I'm going with.  You'll have to wait and see the chicken-ifying, I'm not sure its going to work, but time will tell .😀

If you want to view the tutorial over at Pintangle the link is here.  Here's a photo of the stitch from Sharon's site.

Encrusted Calico

Lots of filling in mostly over the last few days.  I've added in two new stitches, some cast on stitch up the top amongst the French knots.  And I've covered one of the lower bumps with satin stitch.  

I also had a dig through my drawer where I keep all those spare buttons that you get with new clothes and found some nice bronze looking metal buttons that I think I'll incorporate, I've added one already and I'm liking it.  I have no idea what clothes the buttons have come from.  I found about 5 similar looking ones but all slightly different so they're obviously all from different items of clothing and not one of them looks familiar.  Goodness knows how long they must've been in the drawer!

Learning Number 7:
Make sure to draw your edge on the top fabric - It mind sound obvious but I drew mine on the back fabric when I was playing with the bumpy bits and bobs deciding where they'd go.  But it never occurred to me to then at least put a few marks on the top fabric as an approximate edge. I'm not going back to fix it though and it did help me decide that the piece won't have a 'hard' edge which if I'd gone with my original edge it would've had. 

Learning Number 4 (again)
Yep I didn't learn this one obviously.  I had a bit of a disaster and caught one of the woven wheels with my needle and it wasn't fixable this time.  After saying some colourful words that aren't suitable for polite society I tried to wriggle the threads to pull the catch back in but was totally unsuccessful.  So I pulled the whole thing out instead.  I was a bit unsure about it to start with to be honest.  I'd done a buttonhole type edging to start with and then done the woven wheel over the top and I just wasn't 100% happy with the way it looked, the two stitches were obviously still two stitches, rather than easing into each other as I'd hoped.  (Maybe more spokes would've helped with that?). I was hoping I'd like better once I started filling in around it.  Oh well the decision was made for me.  I'm much happier with the replacement needlelace filling. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TAST - Sorbello Stitch

Finally got last weeks TAST stitch done so here's Chicken Little No. 87.  The Sorbello stitch is used to make her chain.  The stitch has a distinctive knot look to it, although you can't see that here very well as I've worked them quite close together.  But I quite like the chunky look of the stitch even though its only worked with 2 strands of DMC.  The chunky look kind of reminded me of rapper 'bling' hence the gold chain.

Encrusted Calico progress

Some more progress on the encrusted calico.  I added two threads across the centre of the bone button and added some buttonhole stitch across them.  It still didn't look like 'enough' so I added a large cross stitch at either end.  Not sure I like it, but it needed something.  Here's hoping it will grow on me 😀

The Beads are working I think.  There's enough of them there to add some interest and not so many as to shift me too far out of my comfort zone.

I love how the large button (top left) came out.  I used three of the colour range to create a graduated effect with needlelace (detached buttonhole).  And topped it off with a few beads to hide how it went a bit wonky in the centre. I'm not sure to how to avoid that but lets just say it was all part of the grand plan to use the beads in the centre.

Learning Number 3:
Work Picots before filling in around them.  Otherwise its quite frustrating trying to find somewhere to put the pins in.

Learning Number 4:
Save Woven wheels until the end.  You'll just end up catching them with the needle and pulling them out of shape.

Learning Number 5: 
Never, never, never ever mix all your beads together.  Even if your storage system is awful and bulky and just a pain in the backside.  You'll eventually find some better way to store them and then you'll need to either throw them out and buy some more, or spend hours and hours and hours throwing them all over the floor, I mean sorting them back into their colour groups.  I did the latter because I have masochistic tendencies obviously.  But they look lovely now, again.

Learning Number 6:
Based on my other learning more planning of the stitches is required.  Or at least a general idea of where the 'bigger' stitches will go based on the space needed to execute them (picots) and the durability of them once they're done (woven wheels).

Its all part of the journey though... so onwards and upwards.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Not a lot of progress on the encrusted calico piece in the last couple of days, due to the Viking costume, work and just general life.  But the Viking warrior costume was a hit with Miss P.  Unfortunately due to the early hour, the wet weather and the fact its winter here the photos are dark and fuzzy.  Will get her to put it on again to take some more pics if it ever stops raining.

On the encrusted calico front there is some progress, not a lot but some.  I did stem stitch band on the dog bone button and that worked well although its a bit boring so will have to come up with something a bit 'extra' for that.

I do have a plan for this weeks TAST stitch (Sorbello stitch) although I haven't started the stitching yet.  I was really struggling for inspiration this week, some just seem to fall into place and others are a real slog.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chicken Little #86 - Herringbone Square

A bit late with my TAST for the week, the new stitch was published this morning.  But here he is.  I love the look on his face, looks like he's saying 'I dare you to make fun of my skivvy' 😆

The stitches came out a bit bigger than I planned, there is actually only two rows of the stitch there, 10 'squares'.

As for this weeks stitch, it's Sorbello stitch.  The link to the tutorial on TAST is here.  I borrowed a pic from Sharon's tutorial.  Hmm what am I going to do with that one??

Haven't started on the Viking costume yet... thats tomorrow afternoons job.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A bit more progress on the encrusted calico.  Managed to add a few beads without hating them, so I've definitely had some 'growth' as an embroiderer 😊.  Sorry about the lighting its dark and grey here today.

Oh! I did also have an idea for the bone shapes, I'm going to try raised stem band.  So we'll see how that goes... you never know I might even include some beads haha.  If the raised stem band doesn't work out I might try some 'cast on' loopy bits.

Finally came up with a plan for the TAST stitch for the week... Herringbone Square.  I can't say I'm a fan of the Herringbone family of stitches, I just want them to all be uniform in size and shape and it never works out that way.  Will hopefully post a pic of the finished piece tomorrow.

Meanwhile this week I also need to make a 'Viking' costume for Miss P as this week is Book Week at school and they're having a 'come as a book character' day at school.  And as her favourite books of late are the 'Horrible Histories' series... she's chosen 'Vicious Vikings'.  So watch this space for that disaster later this week 😆

Friday, June 16, 2017

Encrusted calico piece progress: 

I've made some progress with this over the last couple of days, although I did get a bit distracted yesterday trying out a wee macrame owl that I found a tutorial for online.  Which was fun, although frustrating as the measurements for the cords were off so I got 90% of the way through and then ran out of cord grrrr.  To be fair maybe my knots were a bit loose and the tutorial was fine.  Either way I will give it another go over the weekend this time using longer cord.

I have done a bit of unpicking and re-doing, I had initially just grabbed a pile of creamy natural colours, but the combination wasn't right.  Its weird that a pile of 'creams' wouldn't go together, but they didn't.  So instead I put my trust in the experts and picked the colours White through to 3787 on the DMC colour chart.   And to me that seems to be working better.

To date I've used French knots in varying sizes, by varying the strands of floss and just making some looser than others.  We've also got Raised Cup, Bullions, Drizzle, Picots, Buttonhole Wheel Cup, Whipped Wheels and just some wee straight stitch daisy's/stars.

I've been having a ferret through my jar of Mills Hills beads this morning and picked a few that I think will go.  I haven't really used beads in my embroidery to date so we'll see if I can find a way to incorporate them that doesn't result in me unpicking them and tossing them back in the jar.  (which is usually what happens)

I also haven't figured out what to do with those bone shaped buttons yet.  I might well regret sewing those on.😮

Learning Number 1:
That having all these lumpy bits as part of the fabric almost, does make some of the stitches harder to do because you keep bumping into one bit or another as you stitch.

Learning Number 2:
They also provide a bit of a challenge with the raised stitches too.  If they were felt you could get away with a bit of surface work to ease things along.  But its all part of the challenge, right?

This weeks TAST:

I haven't started on my TAST stitch for the week yet.  No inspiration has hit me yet with what to do with Herringbone Square.  (The link to Pintangles tutorial for this stitch is here.)  I've borrowed Sharons' photos of the two versions, the standard Herringbone Square and the Laced version.

Really not sure how to Chicken-ify those at this stage.  (and yes I know Chicken-ify isn't a real word, but then I just used it so it must be!)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ok... so as I said before I've just I've discovered 'Encrusted Calico' (or 'encrusted muslin' in the USA) on Pinterest.

For those in the dark, like I was a few days ago, Encrusted Calico is a method of embroidery that is all about texture on a piece of calico .  They are usually in just one colour range (like whites/creams) so the star of the piece is the texture rather than the colours.

A beautiful example that pops up at nearly every google search for encrusted calico is one by a lady called Catherine Rosselle (her flicker album is here although she appears to dabble in a lot of diff styles of embroidery/fibre art).  She has actually embroidered over her 'lumpy bits' although a lot of people see to leave the raised bits un-embroidered.

Gorgeous huh?  Well if you start googling about this type of work there are many, many, many links to a free Embroidery Guild tutorial but once you get there you (or at least I) couldn't access it.  Frustrating!!  The other thing that comes up again and again is 'encrusted pebbles', where the theory being that the fabric is then wrapped somehow around a small rock.  Again there are multiple links but all lead unfortunately to a now defunct website

The best I could come up with was this PDF for 'A Mermaids Chantelaine'.  This gives some idea of the idea behind encrusted work and what stitches may be useful.  And some uses for creating scissor cases etc.  Nothing to do with pebbles though.

I'm going to give it a go based on what I read in the PDF and the photos I've seen around the net.  I'm not sure if I will try and wrap it around a pebble.  I think for the minute I'll just work on creating something and then figure out what to do with it.

The theory is that you sandwich bumpy/lumpy items like buttons curtain rings etc between two pieces of calico and then stab stitch the two pieces together to hold the item between the two layers.  Well I didn't do that did I? No I stitched them to the background fabric... and THEN stab stitched them through both layers.

Why does it matter? Well the idea being that by stitching them down first you're creating extra texture that may show through to the top layer.  But thats the point right, creating texture?  Oh well I've done it now and I'm not going back.  (note to self: don't do that next time).

The PDF suggests using sewing machine cotton for the stab stitching as its thin but I just used one strand of DMC floss (white).  They also recommend only using plastic types things, not metal as it can rust or discolour the fabric.  But there are some out there who have used metal, and some who even used rusty metal to add additional colour to the piece.

Here's a photo of the types of lumpy things I have used.  I've got buttons, a couple of beads, a couple of curtain rings, 3 of those plastic things you put in to hide screws (I think these are from a cheap book case), the bone shapes are from an old scrapbooking kit.  The big grey thing is actually out of hubbys' garage they're used with roofing screws to keep things watertight.  And there is another thing there with a hole in it that I'm really not sure what it was for, I think again its something to do with screws.  As you can see I've put one of the beads inside a small curtain ring.  And one of the weird white screw things is actually sitting on top of a button, I figured it'd create some additional height.

My fabric area that I'm working to is a 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") square.  Although my fabric is prob about twice that.  I've outlined the 10 cm square using a water erasable pen, you can just see the pen in the photo (I think).

I didn't take a picture after I'd sewn these all the background, as the photo was just so I could remember where I had planned to put each bit, but I just lightly stitched each item on.  Through the holes where I could and I did a rough kind of cross stitch over the non button bits.  But as I said you're not really supposed to do that, but after now attaching the top layer of fabric I'm not that worried about it to be honest, it hardly shows.

This next photo shows how the second layer looks stitched on.  I haven't put the top layer in the hoop, it doesn't appear to need it as yet.  There are a few ripples in the fabric, this is quite normal apparently and can be used to add extra texture.

I have started to add a few French knots and a couple of raised cups, nothing very exciting yet.  I have no real plan as to what I'm going to do with the stitching... other than texture (of course) and in this kind of neutral colour palette.  They also suggest using a variety of different threads, I don't have much laying around here at the moment, so I think I'll probably just use different numbers of floss strands to get some variation.

Picots, buttonhole wheels, bullion knots, couching, beads, etc are all good texture type stitches to include.

We'll see it how it goes I guess :-)

(will try and take the pics during the day next time)



This blog has been around since 2008 and never made it off the ground.  In fact I'm not sure if it will make it off the ground now either.  But only time will tell :-)

But as a little bit about me:

I'm currently participating in the TAST challenge over at Pintangle where I've been learning to embroider for the last year or so.  Pintangle is an awesome site run by Sharon Boggon and her stitch dictionary on the site is second to none!  SO many stitches listed, all with both written and photographic directions.  Sharon also runs a Facebook group for the TAST challenge.  The TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) challenge introduces a new stitch each Tuesday for members to have a go at.  Anyone who frequents Pintangle will know me as 'the chicken lady' because I make little embroideries with a chicken in it using the stitch of the week.  I'm currently up to 85 chickens I believe. (crazy I know!).  My album is here if you'd like to see my chickens.  Here is last weeks stitch Knotted Cable Chain.  I'm calling this one 'Ode to Miley'.  The knotted cable chain stitch is used for the chain link on the wrecking ball.  I used a bit of crayon to fill in the wrecking ball a bit (not sure I'm that keen on it, but I think it needed something)

Now that I'm feeling a little more confident with my embroidery skills I'm branching out a bit and trying different types, styles of embroidery.  I also crochet, knit and sew a bit so there may be a bit of that stuff on here too.

I'm currently trying some 'Encrusted Calico' or 'Encrusted Muslin' as the Americans call it apparently.   To me the two fabrics are VERY different so not sure what the Americans call Calico (note to self: must google that)... Anyway I'll post this and then do another post about the Encrusted Calico hopefully.