Friday, May 30, 2014

Left or Right?


The other day I sat down to do the blanket stitch on this flower, and I suddenly thought that I'd been doing it wrong up until now! I've always stitched blanket stitch from left to right, I guess because I saw it that way somewhere. But I'm right handed, and I've been finding that stitching is generally easier when I go from right to left. It was! It's a much more natural way for me to hold the needle.

Do you ever struggle with a stitch, only to turn it in a different direction and have it all fall into place? It was an interesting experience.

Anyway, this is the first motif from Month 4 of Rosalie Quinlan's Best Friends Forever.


I managed to get some purples back in the mix this time, and I added the lazy daisies to try to minimize the "sliced eggs" look of the ovals. I think that stitching them in green helped too.


I'm starting to think that Best Friends "Forever" may be prophetic on this project! Maybe after this month is completed I'll put it aside in favour of this project with the Flight Patterns fabric that I showed you earlier in the year. I have an immediate use for that project, but not for BFF, so I may re-prioritize. Despite my best intentions, I've got new projects sprouting out all over again, and my sewing area is getting chaotic. Time to clean it up and make some choices!


7 comments:

  1. you have got me thinking, I stitch mine from left to right, will try the other way and see how I get on. Your best friends forever looks delightful and the colours work so well together

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  2. I do not do embroidery more than about once every ten years, but yes, I've had that same experience in something similar. It's like there's a lightbulb going off and suddenly it's all being made perfectly clear.:) Your stitching is really, really wonderful. Loving this block!

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  3. I love the stitches that you're using on your BFF project. The lacy looking yellow centre is striking. Thanks for the tip of going right to left on the buttonhole stitch. I'll have to remember to give that a try next time it comes up in my stuff.

    Looking forward to seeing more of the Flight Patterns project soon. Great colours!

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    1. Thanks very much! Stitching right to left made that yellow edging a lot easier too. :D

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  4. I love how we as stitchers can change a pattern or design to make it more 'us' and a little different.

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  5. I think your lazy daisies in the ovals are a stroke of genius. Makes a big difference.I'm a right-to-left girl on blanket stitch most of the time. I tend to have to get the fell and fiddle a bit with blanket stitch before I start.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! I am happy with the lazy daisies too. I may see if I can fit them in somewhere else in the rest of this project as well.

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