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

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Baseball and Needlepoint

What does a needlepointer do to relax and remain calm…she stitches.  And that’s what I did this last week. The Boys in Blue (Kansas City Royals) were playing baseball…

Vickie De Angelis (http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/) is truly is more of a baseball fan than I am but this past week I was glued to my television. The boys in Blue were making a run for the pennant and I was like a proud grandparent chewing my nails and pacing. I lost sleep, three games went into extra innings (nothing compared to the national league game San Francisco and Washington Nationals…but I watched part of this one too.)

14-10-06 RoyalsAfter the do or die game with the A’s (my second favorite team) I knew I had to do something besides sit like a bump on a log. Of course I could have picked any piece from my stash and there are many of these but they were not Royals related. So with my trusty computer I quickly drew (computer) up this design and by the first playoff game with LA Angels was stitching. I only stitched this piece during Royals games…yes, I have my own superstitions.  Last night, the Boys in Blue swept the series and I put my last stitch in my needlepoint. Happy dancing all around.

Now we are off to Baltimore (they also swept their series with Detroit) and I am sure these games are going to be the better than the last. So now I have to have something for this series too, but I have until Friday to figure this out.

So if you need a team to root for Eric Horne says it better than I (http://newsok.com/5-reasons-the-kansas-city-royals-are-worth-rooting-for-in-the-mlb-playoffs/article/5347784)

GO ROYALS!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue