Friday, 24 February 2017

TAST Week Seventy-Three: Algerian Eye Stitch and a finished sampler.....

This week's stitch for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle  is a stitch called 'Algerian Eye Stitch'.  It is a very pretty stitch which can be used very effectively as a stitch to fill larger areas of fabric. Sharon's tutorial for it is here.


I used this stitch (and a couple of other stitches previously covered in the TAST Challenge) to fill in the last little spaces on my current sampler as I thought the gaps between some of the stitches needed filling.



For my examples of the Algerian Eye Stitch I used my favourite variegated fine silk thread and just added a few stitches here and there on the sampler.


The photograph immediately above shows how my sampler looked before I added the extra stitches and the one below shows how it looked when I had filled in the gaps.


Once I had added the extra stitches the sampler felt finished, so I added some light turquoise border fabric and stretched the embroidery over a deep 8 x 8 inch square canvas. 


The border fabric was tacked to the back of the canvas to hold everything in place and the new picture is now hanging in my sewing room with the one I previously stitched.


I'll have to give some thought as to whether to start a new sampler now or, whether just to add the new TAST stitches to other projects I am working on..... what do you think?


14 comments:

  1. This ended up so beautiful! I think it was the right decision to add those stitches, otherwise one is left with that sensation that "there's something missing there". Both samplers look fantastic together! And whether to start a new one or not... I don't know, but whatever decision you make I'm sure it will work really well. I guess it depends on the time and space to hang a new one on the wall ;-) Have a nice weekend! Ariadna.

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  2. Liebe Christine,
    schön, dass das Stickbild nun fertig ist! Es sieht wunderschön aus.
    LG
    Valomea

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  3. Hi Christime,omg these are amazing,dont they look fantastic hang up on the wall,the circles are my favourite,well done.

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  4. Another masterpiece! And, since you asked - I think you should do one more. I once was told that everything looks better in uneven numbers (ie. 1/3/5 etc). You can do what you like of course, and I know I'm being totally selfish in hoping you'll do another one...lol.

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  5. They look superb and a credit to your embroidering skills

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  6. They are wonderful! I think a third would balance the arrangement!

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  7. I love how your sampler looks with the added stitches filling in those areas. I think you are onto something! It looks great on the wall where you can refer back to the stitches and enjoy how lovely it is!

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  8. I love the Algerian - reminds me of an asterisk.
    Yes start a new one!

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  9. Liebe Christine,
    ich hätte nicht gedacht das da noch Stiche hinein passen, sieht super schön aus und passt unheimlich gut in dein Nähzimmer, ist halt etwas ganz besonderes!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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  10. Beautiful finished! It'd be fun to do another one! Ha!

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  11. Stunning is the best word to describe these samplers and yes I think you should do one more 😉

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  12. Liebe Christine,
    ich bin immer wieder überrascht, welch schöne Arbeiten Du stickst. Ganz toll ist das Bild nun geworden und hat einen sehr schönen Platz gefunden.
    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

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  13. it looks fantastic! it's hard to believe it was stitched without a pattern or a plan, it works so well. I'd say do one more, things always look better in 3s

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  14. I do not have advice for the best way to continue your TAST stitches. However, I can say that I thought your sampler was lovely before you filled it in with more stitches, but the transformation that made was lovely! Beautiful work, Christine!

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