Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Band Sampler

Regular readers will know that I am a quilter ( never! I hear you chorus) and not an embroiderer... but I might well be going over to the other side. Not leaving quilting of course (never, no never...) but I have been wanting to broaden my skills base in stitching for some time. I am due to meet with StitchBusiness in Durham in February with a view to starting the City and Guilds certificate in Embroidery with them. But, with my usual inability to wait, I have been tempted to start a band sampler by the amazing sampler that Sharon Boggon has been chronicling on her blog.




I am going to work through all the stitches in a book I bought called The Embroiderers Stitch Bible and Sharon's own Stitch bible which is on her site for free. The band above is the first two sets of stitches in the book - running stitch and Holbein stitch which is (um, double running stitch.) Look, I have to start somewhere! I did this band up at Mum's last night and having done it presented it for general viewing saying ( only half in jest) "Look, its neat and has no knots. Praise me." (It's the photo that makes it look wonky, honest!) Mum sighed and said, " I think you were doing that in junior school." Well, that's as maybe but I surely was not doing it with with variegated hand-dyed silk.




I do have a dilemma though. I know that the majority of readers are quilters. Will it bore you if I start showing what progress I might make on this. I'd like to blog it but can start a separate blog for it for those who would read it if a lot of you prefer not to have regular posts on it. Opinions pur-lease. ( Take it as given I shall attempt better photos! I think I need a new camera).






PS


Question: What's the capital of Iceland?




Answer: About £3.50








9 comments:

Brenda said...

I'd be happy to see From Down the Well diversify into occasional embroidery-oriented riffs. I certainly don't need ANOTHER blog to add to my blogroll. I find the Embroider Stitch Bible to be an invaluable resource, especially when I don't have access to the internet.

Jude said...

Same as Brenda, I definately don't need another blog to add to my huge list. I look forward to watching your stitchery progress.

Garnered Stitches said...

Helen, post everything on the same blog - I'm an embroiderer who quilts and everything is on the one blog, except for the coursework for Sian, but that's because I don't want her to have to serch through all the "other stuff" to mark my work!

Kristin L said...

We'll take it all.

Di said...

Whatever you put on your blog I'm happy to read. I must admit I'm a quilter who would love to embroider. I started following Sharon's Take A Stitch Tuesday but fell by the wayside. Her Stitch Bible is superb

sharonb said...

I look forward to your progress too

janet said...

I was quite surprised that you decided to do the C&G embroidery but I think that you should write about it all on the one blog. We should celebrate the crossover between quilting and embroidery. Just because I am nosey - I wanted to ask - how many of your 5 pieces for your P&Q C&G have you done and are you postponing or scrapping the P&Q C&G Diploma?

Erica Spinks said...

Keep it all together otherwise I'd be worried you were becoming a fractured personality!
BTW, wish you could send us some cold air - it was 42 degrees here yesterday, which exceeds my definition of being bloody hot.

Melusine said...

I consider myself to be a textile-worker: I have done patchwork, quilting, goldwork, feltmaking, narrowware (making braids using, in my case, at least six different technqiues), blackwork, whitework, and so on ... and frequently mix them together. Please keep your embroidery experiments and explorations here with your quilting and holidays. Who knows, maybe one day you might even venture into crazy quilting?