Sunday, January 28, 2007

T.A.S.T. - Cretan Stitch

I quite enjoyed the stitch this week for the T.A.S.T.
I chose to work a random open Cretan stitch in both samples.
The first sample was worked on space dyed Dupion Silk with a gold coloured rayon thread in the background and a thicker gold thread on top. I haven’t a clue what the top thread is called, but its one of those ones where if you pull a piece of the thread near the cut end the whole length of thread will unravel.

For the fabric on fabric sample this week I used muslin again.
I cut off snippets of a piece of space dyed muslin and embellished them to a plain white piece. A thread made from a strip of muslin is not very strong; if you pull too hard it splits, so I used Bondaweb to bond two pieces of fabric together and then cut strips. Being a lot thicker it was very difficult to pull through the ground fabric, which is why the stitches ended up very freeform!


I only managed to do the two samples this week but I feel sure I will be using this stitch a lot in the future. The book I blogged about earlier - Jan Beaney, Stitches: New Approaches - shows some very innovative ways of using this stitch.

16 comments:

Vicki said...

Both are excellent samples! I really love the delicate nature of the first one. The metallic thread on the silk is just beautiful.

neki said...

very elegant use of metallics!you've opened my eyes with the ribbon sample. thanks!

neki desu

Carol said...

Love both samples but the fabic on fabris is my favourite, what a lucky find you had with the book.

Beth M said...

Love your samples. The first one reminds me of golden fields in autumn.
What luck getting Jan Beaney's book! I love her stuff.

Dianne said...

I can't see the sample!!! Just a box with a red "x", but I bet they're great!! How about getting that book - what a bonus!!

Leigh said...

Hi. I surfed by from Sue B's blog, after seeing the goody package you sent her and what she did with it. You have such lovely things going on here. I read Sharon B's blog but don't usually have time to follow all her links. I don't do much embellishing anymore. Glad I came for a visit though.

Doreen G said...

Yeeehh--I finally have pictures---the little red crosses have gone-- and it was worth the wait.
I love them but as you know I love the fabric ones the best.

Sue B said...

Fabulous! Love love love that first sample.

Doreen G said...

Lynda could you e-mail me please as I have mislaid you e-mail address Ta.

kay susan said...

Super samples! I really like the way you push the boundaries and use unusual materials. Inspiring.

Dianne said...

Love both samples - especially the top one!! The fabrics and threads you're using are gorgeous!

MargaretR said...

Both these samples are really so pleasing to look at. you have done a great job of them. I think I must find this Jan Beany book.

Beverley said...

Hi - Thanks for dropping by my blog - your work is amazing I'm in awe of what your do and I hope you won't mind if I pop in on a regular basis to view your lovely work...

I'm in Billericay!!

Zaz said...

wow! I love these samples - I struggled with mine but you have got them really free in spririt! Thanks for the inspiration

Micki said...

Love your samples. Silk is so lovely to look at. I really like the colors of the second one and the texture you get using the fabric strips.

Thank you for your lovely comments.

Melusine said...

Hello there - cam eto your site from another one and I am finding it quite inspirational ... so I have bookmarked you and am nowing working my way through your year so far. Fascinating stuff - thank you.

In answer to your question, the thread looks like "goldfingering" and it is called that regardless of the colour of the thread. It is often used by crocheters.