Blue Bird Flowers: Loopy Ribbon

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2015-11-05 BB hillIt’s been a hectic month around Kansas City. In case you haven’t heard, Kansas City Boys in Blue (AKA: Kansas City Royals) won the World Series. It was quite a month…I watched every game starting pitch to last out and one night it was late. But last Tuesday my husband and I headed out to see the Boys in Blue. We went to Union Station and staked out our spot and then we would wander around one at a time (didn’t want to lose our nest) to see the festivities. It was cool to be part of this; I don’t think I say one person without a smile on their face and blue was the color of the day. People watching is a fun thing to do.

Didn’t take my flowers with me but I am working on them…maybe now that the Boys in Blue are taking a vacation I can get some stitching completed.

2015-11-05 BB a loopI decided to try the loop stitch with ribbon. Thought that sounded pretty simple…I guess not or I need lots more practice. I didn’t like the way it looked and so after having it half way stitched removed it, threw away that piece of ribbon. It is true that if you remove ribbon you MUST start over with new ribbon. Silk ribbon is not forgiving and will show every piercing of the ribbon…just like Congress cloth. I  guess if you want the “Shabby Chic” look you could reuse the ribbon.

2015-11-05 BB ironI used short lengths of ribbon, 12-15 inches. I ironed each ribbon…

Side note: I can’t remember if I told you all this before or not but this is the coolest trick. I learned this from Lois Kershner (http://www.loiskershner.com/home) in a class she taught at out guild. She irons her stranded silks; it makes them lie smoother on the canvas. I decided to try it with the ribbon (honestly I think I read that you should do this in one of the ribbon books) but it takes the kinks 2015-11-05 BB b loopout of the ribbon. Then I decided that it might work for any thread and you wouldn’t even necessarily need to turn on the heat. So I keep this handy little tool in close to my stitching nest and I iron whichever thread I think necessary. I am also looking for a portable hair 2015-11-05 BB c loopiron…illuminating the cord would make it even handier.

I decided to do the loop stitch like a Turkey work stitch and then I could better control where the loop is going. It is definitely harder on the ribbon and it took a bit of yanking 2015-11-05 BB d loopsometimes to get the needle to come through the ribbon and canvas, even with the chenille needle.

What I have learned is that ribbon work is a technique unto its self and I am a novice at this and need a lot more studying and practice. I think the rest of the flowers I am going to stick to the stitches I really know. Many of these stitches are used with Ribbon work and some are even stitched with ribbon, but for now I am going to go with what I know. Later this fall and winter I will re-visit the ribbon work books and try again, but right now I have too many stitching projects piling up to do this technique justice.

I finished the ribbon loops and filled the center with French knots stitched with Kreinik braid.

Thank you for stopping by… I hope you find time to stitch today

ttfn…sue

Bunny & Snow

I’ve decided that February and March are Pneumonia Months…sunny & 70 degrees one day; 7 degrees and snowy the next. Mother Nature is a fickle lady!

I should be computing because I am so far behind I look like I am winning again…or as my sons’ would say, “Mom, we’re getting ready to lap you.”

But this cold weather gives me time to stitch too. GayAnn Rogers http://www.gayannrogers.com/site_2/Home_Page.html  has a 12 stitches a day program going on with stitchers…I’m trying 6 stitching lengths of thread a day, but my fingers are getting calloused doing this Turkey Work. It is also getting very tight in this area. I may have to switch to stitching every other stitch for a couple rows to loosen up the space. I would like to have the bunny finished in time for Easter.

 Okay, sorry this is such a short blog but I need to do some computer work for others and than I would like to stitch today too. Maybe even a nap since it is so fridgen cold!

Hope everyone has time to stitch today!  ttfn…sue

Snow Bunny

This post can give a whole new meaning to snow and bunny used in the same text. Today I am hunkering down in a blanket, hot chocolate and my stitching and hoping the power says on. We are expecting a blizzard that started at 5:00AM this morning and is supposed to continue until tomorrow morning. The forecast is calling for 12 inches at my house and 35 mile an hour winds and bone chilling cold.

This was my patio about 7:30Am this morning

And this was the patio at lunch time.

We had about 4-6 inches by noon and it is not letting up. I am not complaining because just a few miles to the east of me they are getting the brunt of this storm and are suppose to have 24-30 inches

The bunny reminds me of spring and so I will just continue my stitching, watch the news and drink my hot chocolate.

I am doing a Turkey Work stitch using Appleton wool for the bunny tail. I am not going to cut these loops, so I want them all uniform in size and used a toy (think it is an old Tinker Toy) to keep the loops uniform in size. I stitch a row at a time around the toy and then remove. If you look at the picture I have diagramed the stitch to show how I do it. It is different than most books show it. Any of us in the Midwest that do this method refer to it as the Joan Lewis method of Turkey Work as Joan is the one who taught us this method. She claimed she found it in a needlepoint book but I have yet to find it and I do own a couple booksJ.

The jacket will be a combination of the VanDyke stitch stitched with blue #3 DMC perle cotton and an Encroaching Gobelin stitched with gold #3 DMC perle cotton.

After this I will start the flowers and carrots…if this snow continues and I have power I may post again later in the week.

I hope everyone in the path of this storm is staying warm and safe. And I hope all those of you who stitch stay warm, safe and stitch!  ttfn…sue