When I saw the ideas and examples Sharon had put up for the first stitch of the TAST 2012 re-run, I was immediately inspired with plenty of ideas. I also got out my two stitch guides and found enough variations to fuel the creative process further and, soon afterwards, came up with a design plan for my first TAST sampler. I know that most of the notes didn't show up well, so I must remember to use pencil in a better contrasting shade if I want everyone to be able to read what I've written!
Like Jules (whose wonderful dandelion seed head worked in fly stitch you absolutely MUST see!), I plan to do a doodle pad type stitch sample, then try to work it up into something pictorial. I can't promise that I'll always manage the pic, but I can try and at least got off to a good start this week.
So, here's the finished fly stitch pictorial piece. Most of the stitches are some form of fly stitch, except some stem stitch for the foreground roses and, of course, the ribbon work (although you can work fly stitch in narrow ribbon to good effect). The peach flowers are just straight stitches in ribbons, and the roses are spider's web roses. Let me know if you want to know how the latter are done as they're easy, quick and effective. The grass tufts are individual twisted fly stitches and the rose leaves are worked in closed fly stitch.
On the whole I'm happy with the piece. The bit I'd most like to change (and could have if I'd been up for a lot of un-picking and re-stitching) would be to work the fence in a narrower gauge of thread. I feel it's far too prominent, although the basic idea etc is OK. Even with that, I'm pleased with this first week's work as I've been able to use fabric colouring again, I've designed something completely from scratch with little more inspiration than the stitches themselves and I worked it completely freehand - no pattern transferred to the silk. Oh yes, and I really know fly stitch and a few variations of it quite well now!!
What's that just about the roses? Well, of course it's a FLY!=)
© Elizabeth Braun 2012