Reversible Blackwork

Every month my local EGA runs a special program at their general meeting. The program for the night meeting in August was reversible blackwork.

The pattern provided is located on the EGA website (you have to be a member of EGA to access it). One of our members is an expert on blackwork and does a lot of reversible blackwork. After her demonstration, we all got started.

This is the front of my work. In total, I ripped this 3 times – this is my fourth attempt and so far, fingers crossed, it is going well. I am using a 28ct pewter cashel linen stitched over two.

This is a closeup of the pattern.

Here is the back of my work. It’s pretty much the same except you can see a darker, thicker line where I had to weave in my ends. At our next meeting, I’ll ask about that.

And here is the closeup of the back that really shows the ends woven in. This has been (I’m not finished yet) a very interesting experience and not one I could duplicate without help. The instructions are amazing with the stitching pathway clearly shown. I’d love to do more of this, but it’s going to take quite a bit of mental gymnastics to make it work.

September SAL Update

I’m excited that I have made a decision on my next big project for the stitch-a-long! I waffled back and forth between several projects. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start something else big or do a few small ones first. Well… I finally decided on this,

Christmas Stocking for Jack!

This is the kit I bought for my youngest child (now 17 years old!). It also marks the last of the stockings for my kids (I still have to do one for my husband).

Canvas

This will be a change for me as this is needlepoint. I have played around with needlepoint here and there. I’ve never tackled anything this big before, but I’m actually excited to do it.

SAL Update 9/18/2022

I dove right in. It appears to be going pretty quickly. This represents about an hour of work.

This SAL that I am a part of is so wonderful. The stitchers involved are so talented and supportive. We post once every three on a project of our choosing. If you have a moment, please take a look at what the rest of our group has been up to:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

August SAL Update #2

For this update I was going to have my daughter’s Christmas stocking sewn up. I have tons of fabric and have been sorting through it but have not made the final decision for the back and the lining. This month, hopefully, I’ll make a decision and completely finish!

I did decide that for this three weekly update I would make Christmas ornaments. I need to make 9 of them and the goal was to start working my way through.

The first three. I really was enjoying making these!

The second three. Boy was I on a roll. After cutting out the tree, star and trunk pieces, everything else went very quickly.

And the last three!! Each tree took approximately 40 minutes to stitch up and once started, I couldn’t stop. Now… after I sew up my daughter’s Christmas stocking, what will my next SAL project be??? I could work on something that is in the WIP pile…. or I could start something completely new… I’m not sure. I’ll have it all worked out next time!

I love this SAL! It is different from some of the others as we choose our own project and then work on it and post our progress every three weeks. Please take a look at the other stitchers taking part in this SAL.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

August SAL Update

Ta Daaa!!!

SAL Update as of 8/7/2022

The goal was to just finish the cross stitching on the toe. Well, with just a bit more time, the stocking is complete! Now to sew it up. That is the goal for this next three week check up.

Please check out what others in this SAL are stitching:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindy

July SAL Update

I feel like I managed to get a fair amount done this time. This is where I was at our last update:

SAL Update as of 6/26/2022.

And this is where I am now:

SAL update as of 7/17/2022

The goal for this update was to have finished the outlining in this section before I needed to move the hoop. Yes! I did it. I did something different for the backstitching on the ties for Santa’s bag. I wasn’t very happy with the way the outline looked on Santa’s list – it is choppy and looks strange with the long stitches and then the short ones. The outlining for the ties in the pattern call for it to be done the same way. I decided to couch down the outlining threads instead of back stitching them. I really love the way this looks and will probably go back and redo the outlining for the list so it is the same.

There is only the toe left to stitch. My goal for the next three weeks is to get the cross and half cross stitching done in this area, then do the outlining for the following check-in. Meaning that hopefully I will finish with all the stitching on this project at the September check-in. Wish me luck!!

This SAL is very unique in that the members are not stitching on the same project. We pick one thing and work on it and report back each three weeks. In this way, it motivates us to finish – this is working well for me with this project!! Please take a look at all the other stitchers participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

SAL Update

It’s that time again! The time I get to share my progress on the Christmas Stocking I have been working on for a long time. This is where I was last time:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I had finished the back stitching and was ready to move the hoop to the next section to start the cross stitching there. This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 6/26/2022.

All of the cross stitching in this section is done. Yay!! The plan now is to do all the back stitching in this section and then move onto the toe portion. I can really see the light at the end of the tunnel!

This SAL (stitch-a-long) is run by Avis and is unique in that the participants choose any project they wish to work on and post on regularly. Please take a look at all the other stitchers participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

EDITED to add the kit this is stitched from: Checking His List Stocking designed by Donna Race from Dimensions.

Fabric Bowl

This was a super fun and quick make:

I used cotton clothesline and ripped my fabric into one inch strips. Wrapped the fabric around the clothesline and used the zig zag stitch to sew everything together. I love doing this!! I think coasters are next!

June SAL Update

I managed to get some good work done this month!! This is where I was at the last check in:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

And now:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I finished all the backstitching on the upper portion of the stocking. I have now moved my hoop and will start working on the lower part. I always love how the back stitching makes a piece pop.

If you’d like to see what the other talented stitchers in our group are working on, please click the links below:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

SAL Update!

I’m so lucky that Avis accepted me back into the SAL (stitch-a-long)! I’m still working on the Christmas stocking for my daughter. This is where I was at the last update:

… well … I can’t find a photo of the stocking from when I started … This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

I’m going to finish the lower right side and then work on all the back stitching for this top portion of the stocking. Then I’ll move it down. I’m loving working with this sit on stand. I’ve been practicing using two hands to do my stitching and I think that is giving me a more even tension. I might be a bit faster as well.

This SAL is hosted by Avis and is different than most SALs in that each participant chooses their own project and works on it, then posts their progress. I had dropped out of the SAL because life got busy and complicated, but now I feel as if I can participate again. There are a whole group of us and each is working on something different. Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers and their work:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

More Bobbin Lace

My intro bobbin lace class has come to an end. Next week I am taking Beyond the Basics in Bobbin Lace – a two class lesson. Meanwhile this is what I have been working on in bobbin lace:

Spiders and Fans

This one we did in class with DMC #8 thread.

Spiders and Fans – Lizbeth #80 thread

It is recommended that we practice the same skills we learned in class to reinforce them in our minds.

Spiders and Fans – size 8 thread on the right and size 80 thread on the left.

It is interesting to see the difference with the two different sized threads.

Internet design

This was a fun little make from the internet. It uses only the whole stitch.

Close up.

I really enjoyed this design especially since I worked through it on my own. There was a lot of ripping back and re doing!!