Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Needlequest October - 3D Stitches

A new month and a new Quest.  This month it's 3D stitches, embroidery stitches that in themselves, without padding, wiring or other 'external' support, have a 3D effect.  They're not stumpwork as such, (although I have seen pieces worked from 3D stitches labelled as 'stumpwork'), but are often used in stumpwork designs.  They're also used prolifically in Brazilian embroideries, such as the only one I ever managed shown here!!

To be honest, I'm no expert when it comes to 3D stitches, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot over the next month.  I've tried some before and not got along well with them, so I hope to learn more and improve my relationship with ones I've tried such as bullions and cast on stitch.

Here are some other examples to whet your appetites to join in!  The first sample is mostly of ghiordes knot/turkey stitches, but there are also french knots in both stranded cotton and ribbon.  Yes, many knot stitches qualify.=)

After that comes padded satin stitch.  Although this has padding, it's an integral part of the stitch itself, being worked in the same thread.




Here's a dense bunching of French knots worked in metallic threads which provide some texture in the piece.

I can't quite remember the name of this fourth one.  Something like ribbed spider's web wheel.  It was one of the stitches back in 2012 in TAST.  Definitely a useful looking one, I think.  I want to have a go at developing it further.

More bullion and french knots in an old favourite piece.  I wish I could find more designs like this.  I suppose I should have a go at creating some myself...

So, my plan is to try and work a small sample each week, both developing my experience with stitches I already know and enlarging my repertoire

Blogging plans for this month are:
Mondays - NQ post featuring my 3D stitch samples
Wednesdays - WIPW post with the previous week's work on the Paradise Island cross stitch picture
Fridays - Update on the Helen M Stevens' Painted Ladies picture.
I'm not promising each one every week, but that's the goal.

What are your stitching plans for this month?  Why not leave a comment, with a link to your blog if you like, and share your goals.=)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014

12 comments:

Createology said...

Your needle stitches are sew beautiful. Creative Needle Bliss...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The bullion stitches in the first picture are gorgeous! And re the name of the wheel - I looked it up and it's called the spider's web, woven wheel, ribbed wheel and several other names. I've also seen it referred to as spoke stitch.
My stitching plan for the month is to make another crazy quilt purse that has been commissioned for Christmas, along with trying to make several other gifts.

Bits of Stitching! said...

You have my attention :-)! Love the look of 3D stitches done with just thread (like my avatar picture). Your 3D projects are lovely!!! I especially like the 4th one. Will love to join, however first I must get an upcoming talk done and help my dd with hers which is the week after mine. This could be a nice opportunity to go and revisit my "serious hand embroidery" samplers. Exciting!

Queeniepatch said...

You have a lot of beautiful samples to wet the apetite for 3D embroidery. I am very fond of this kind of work but have too little time to start a new project right now. Sorry!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Wonderful
Incredibile works.

ukcitycrafter said...

I love the look of 3D embroidery so I shall be watching what you do with interest. I've recently discovered woven picots so perhaps I'll play along with you!

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SUSSEXMOUSE said...

With the long winter evenings coming up I will get my hoop ready to practice along with you Elizabeth. Take care now. Marion x

Rachel said...

Ribbed Spiders Web Wheel is exactly what I was taught to call that stitch, and if you really pack in the thread, you can get a very prominent embossed effect.

Jules Woolford said...

Yay! 3D! I have been stitching in the evenings, trying out my new ideas -so I might join your October Needlequest - if that's ok?

Miriam Kahn said...

I'm inspired by these beautiful stitches but first, I have to finish my current project that's very much over-due. THEN I can play. Thanks for the continuing inspiration to be creative and add color to my work.

Wendy said...

your work is so lovely, can't see me producing anything like that. I had no idea there was a difference between 3d stitches and stumpwork and I've been calling it stumpwork! No idea what I'm going to do yet...

zenuwpees said...

Woooooooooow la broderie est supeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer belle féliçitation bon weekend Marie-Claire

 
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