"Elaine, they are produced by Derwent pencils that you are probably familiar with, http://www.pencils.co.uk/product.aspx?mid=1338 this site give a run down, they are also available from online outlets. Lovely colours! We used a special…"
"I have found Inktense ink blocks excellent too. I went to a workshop in Keswick and the first thing the tutor gave us was a serviette to cover anything that might get splashed. They stain, she said! Music to my ears. The workshop was for work…"
"A useful piece of advice I had once about ways of filling a space is to think of maths. Triangles, squares, plusses, minuses, etc. Other forms of punctuation could also be helpful. I have found this good advice, and might be suitable for work on…"
"I put a side covering on embroideries that are worked on white or pale fabric just like that to prevent the sides becoming soiled. Holding the sides doesn't necessarily get them dirty, but it doesn't look like the rest and I would imagine…"
"Buttonhole is a wonderfully versatile stitch, it has all the decorative qualities used in Needlelace, outlining or filling in Crewel work and so many possibilities in surface stitching. I recently found yet another function. I was stitching a wide…"
Thank you for noticing my new pieces. The purple one, pt2, with diagonal cable: that stitch is the reverse of faggot stitch. It is on row 5 of my yellow sampler and is diagrammed on my blog (accessible from my profile page). The fabric in my Hardanger piece H57 is cotton Hardanger cloth, I don't remember the manufacturer, 22 pairs of threads per inch.
Both of these are among the earliest few that I designed for each of those techniques. In designing them I was mostly thinking about putting in elements that I enjoy working, rather than focussing on the design itself.
I think texture is a big part of pulled thread work, so I like to use bumpy stitches for outlining or surface embroidery, especially coral knot and Palestrina knots.
The patches of 4 sided stitch on my cream colored sampler: the cloth is a 25/inch linen evenweave. Mostly I used 35/2 linen lace thread to work the stitches, but wasn't consistent. Some patches were worked in 70/2 linen, DMC Cordonnet 50, linen 20/2. The 70/2 linen and the cordonnet kept slipping and made it difficult to get strong tension. The 20/2 was too thick and filled up the holes. The best thread turned out to be the 35/2 lace thread. Tonight I'm adding notes about where to find the diagrams for all the variants.
Hi Ann Clare,
Thanks for your answer to my Art Deco post. Have not been able to locate the books you mentioned yet but will try to seek them out.
I have just seen your crewel embroidery. Absolutely stunning - I love the texture. Excuse my question - what is schwalmed?
Ann I sent you an email 3/8, but you may not have received it. So I am tacking the content on here:
I see no reason why you can't combine the two. Please join the "pulled
thread-drawn thread" group on stitchin fingers. There are several others
there who are interested in Schwalm and in Myreschka. If you follow the
discussion from the begiining (early December) you'll find some links we
found trying to help another member who was looking for Myreschka
When you sign on to stitchin fingers, look for the groups button on the top
of the screen, punch it and look for "pulled thread - drawn thread".
Joining the group is really easy and then you can post questions and
comments to the group.
I'm very glad you found me, and am curious as to how that happened? Did you
join stitchin fingers first, and then find me, or were you doing interent
searches on Schwalm or pulled thread? Just curious. The internet is a
marvelous tool for those of us interested in odd things to find each other.