Thursday, 23 February 2012

TAST Week 8 samples and the finished bookmark

Again, nothing very exciting about the TAST stitch samples, just 3 short rows, mostly in variegated #8 pearl cotton.  The first is interlaced with a beige #12 pearl cotton.  I liked the look of this in the book I got it from and it isn't bad in real life too.

The second row is just plain chain stitch, but the third I've been wanting to try for a while, (just can't think of much to use it on in the type of work I often do - could do for borders, I suppose), and that's the 'magic' chain stitch.  I couldn't see how it could work, but except where I got the threads too twisted to pass through properly, it did work!  I did this one in strand of plain turquoise #8 pearl and one of mixed turquoise and lime shades.

So, not a great deal to show, but I did like them nonetheless.

I got the bookmark completed and finished up ready to deliver this evening, all being well.  Can you see who it's for?  Well, possibly not as it doesn't show up too well!!  Never mind, I'm sure she'll love it anyway.=)


I now have a new stumpwork in progress, so look out for posts on that starting on Thursday morning....  Dohh!  I thought it was Tuesday all day, but no, I meant Saturday morning!

© Elizabeth Braun 2012

11 comments:

coral-seas said...

Magic chain! I remember seeing that somewhere but have never tried it myself - what fun!

The book mark is beautiful.

SUSSEXMOUSE said...

This is a really lovely bookmark Elizabeth. I have only ever cross stitched on white fabric so I particularly like your bookmark using green aida. Marion x

Светлана said...

Очень красиво! Закладка замечательная!

Rachel said...

Magic chain is great fun, although as you say, a little hard to find a use for!

Kathleen said...

Wonderful work. Congratulations. I'd be proud of your effort. Kathy
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Sandhya said...

your work is beautiful and i am going to try the magic chain today. what i really loved was your idea of using pearl cotton for embroidery - i've been using regular embroidery thread which, while neat enough, often does not show up my stitches clearly.

Deepa said...

The variegated perle thread has made the chain stitch look special.Just yesterday I tried the magic chain with 6 strands - two strands each of three different colors.I was in a knotted mess !! Taught me a lesson or two :)

Jules said...

Love the magic chain. The bookmark is very pretty and I'm sure she'll be delighted.

Bits of Stitching! said...

You are doing well keeping up with the TAST! I didn't do great couple of years ago :-/.
The bookmark is lovely! I'm sure the recipient will treasure it.

ARLENE said...

finally tried magic chain myself; it does twist those strands, but I finally produced it; don't know if it's worth the headache

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