Thursday, 16 September 2010

More on the Flower Stitcher

I'm glad you are all enjoying the Flower Stitcher thread. Val would be pleased that it's getting another airing - I often think how much she would have loved blogging. She was an ace communicator.
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Fibrenell - get into that book. I love the way Kate Atkinson weaves a story. You follow it through the eyes of several people and it is always a sign of a good book when you hate to leave the current character and move on. My all time faves with books are the Girl with..series and Audrey Neffeneger's time traveller and his wife (didn't care for her next one so much).
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Interested to hear about the Japanese version of the Flower Stitcher, henred. Keep us posted.
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Before we get to the next bit there is another Smudge thing. He is very active just now. We were taking a photo for my next article for Workshop on the Web (on oiling paper). It was a dull day so I was as close to the patio doors as I could get, balancing a board on a little sofa. Just as Clive was about to click, he noticed the tail hanging down from under the board and took a quick pic. Next minute the whole thing was upset and everything was everywhere.
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I left the board in place and he played there all morning. I did get some pics - watch for the article in December's WoW.
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Flower Stitcher - part 2

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Try stitching massed complete circles or only semi-circles. Solid satin stitched circles can be cut out and threaded onto braids or cords. They could be folded along an edge, or wrapped around a cord.
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Below. Satin stitch circles cut out and applied to felt with added stitching to secure them.
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Below. Satin stitch circles cut out and applied to a painted and stitched fabric. Torn scraps of circles stitched on water-soluble fabric were added and secured with free embroidery in running stitch.

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Below. Satin stitch circles cut out and applied to a solidly stitched belt.

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Below. Tri-lobal nylon was spread all over felt and stitched with overlapping circles using straight stitch. The embroidery was melted using a heat gun.

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The pics are a bit small - we had more limited download speeds back then but I think you get the idea.

More next time.

PS. We have to go to sign the contract for the house sale tomorrow - still trying not to get excited but our house passed its survey, so we are moving on.

7 comments:

Heather said...

It sounds as if the house move is progressing well. I have always been curious about flower stitchers but had no idea they were so versatile. I love the images you have shown and they have such variety. I haven't tried mine out yet as I'm busy at present and want to give it proper attention. Thankyou again for the giveaway.

Heather said...

I was interrupted during my first comment and forget about Smudge. Sorry Smudge - you look so angelic peeping out from under that board and I'm sure your owners couldn't possibly manage as well as they do without your invaluable assistance!

Su said...

Thankyou so much for my flower stitcher - I'm enjoying getting to know it and these tutorials will help no end. I plan to experiment with some of your ideas over the weekend.
And as for Smudge - just adorable!

Julie said...

Fingers crossed for the house! Smudge's tail sticking out there made me smile so thank you for that :) I have enjoyed your post about the flower stitcher, it makes some wonderful shapes. I have a thing about circles at the moment after seeing the back of a child's high chair in a Brewer's Fayre last week ;)

liniecat said...

I must thankyou for the flower stitcher, Im hoping to clear the decks this weekend and play with it.Ive been sidetracked by natural dyeing. But fear I may get arrested for leaf stealing if I carry on
Thankyou also for posting the article. I have the original that I printed off at the time, but can I hell as like find it!
I seriously think maybe I should scan and save articles so I have more hope of finding them when i want them!

9Sqn3741 said...

I also remembered I had a Flower stitcher so thought I would have a play. What fun and it did get me out of a bit of trouble for one of my C&G exercises. Can't understand why I haven't made more use of it. I also found that I have a spiral attachment which has been fun to use also. I think I need to have a clean up/out and see what other treasurers I have!!
Diane

Downunderdale said...

I know you wrote this a few years back but I also have an original flower stitcher attachment which nearly kills me to try it - much more difficult to play with and even get on the machine. The newer one is still going strong and people still buying them. one of my favourite feet - all thanks to Val who emailed me all that time ago to tell me I should get one - Dale