Hi all week 1 of 2012 TAST is online just follow the link.
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My fly stitch at last.
I have enjoyed doing this. I am going to use some of the stitiches on my CQJP block. Swing by my blog - www.marilynscrazyjourney.com
Diana Boiston said:
Had fun with this, here's my fly stitch, don't know whether I'm posting it in the right place, but here it is.This is beautiful. Kathy http://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/
Diana, what a pretty composition!
Thank you, Jenny! Excellent work!
I did a fly stitch sampler for the original TAST. This time I wanted to do something less structured. I began by working large fly stitches within a defined area. I then divided the spaces between the stitches with more fly stitch. And so on until I felt that the entire space was filled.
My original sampler is here.
My new piece is here.
I love everyone's work, but I have a question about fly stitch. The stems or arms can get really long for some applications, and the diagrams in the books show couching stitches on the arms and/or stems.
Do they mean to do the couching as we go using the same number of floss strands as the main stitch, or to go down to one strand of matching floss and come back through the embroidery and tack those long scalloped fly stitches into place?
Thank everyone for any help or suggestions,
Hi Andrea, I have not seen this in any of the stitch guides so cannot give you a 'qualified' answer but I would suggest the you could do either and it could be fun experimenting with both.
In my sample I used more fly stitches to couch and distort the arms and stems of the larger fly stitches.
I agree with Carol-Anne that experimentation will be your best friend. Any approach seems valid, depending upon the look that you, as the artist, are wanting. Couching down with the same weight of thread that you used to create the stitch will be more obvious, couching down with a thinner strand of matching floss or thread will be more subtle, couching down with additional decorative stitches (perhaps more fly stitches as Carol-Anne suggested, or perhaps with a different stitch like detatched chain worked in a contrasting thread) could be very interesting also. I suspect that the intent of the couching is primarily to prevent any long floats of thread from snagging, sagging, or otherwise pulling out of shape.
I think that it is easy to get excessively attached to the idea of a "right" way to do a stitch, and fall into the habit of thinking every other approach to the stitch must therefore be "wrong". Sometimes there is a "right" way to do a stitch *for a specific look or effect*, but there are other right ways to do a stitch for other looks and effects. Feel free to explore and push the boundaries and create your own understanding of how the stitch behaves when you bend the rules or change the various components (type of thread: thickness, stiffness, fuzziness, etc; type of fabric, type/size of needle, length of stitch, etc)
Thank you, Carol-Anne, I would not have thought of couching with more fly stitches, but it is very intriguing! I will definitely try it!
Tahlia, I think I will try several ways as you recommend. That is what a sampler is for! Try everything once so the second time we will know how to get what we need!
Just getting the hang of all this. I uploaded a couple of pics to My Photos - not sure whether Stitchin Fingers, Flickr or blog will work best for this, so just like the Fly Stitch - I'm just divin' in and seeing what works for me! Such beautiful creations by everyone! I feel a little intimidated, but in excellent company!