week’s stitch at Pintangle is the Woven Zig Zag Chain Stitch.Here are my two samples - #5 perle in blue
and #8 perle in ecru.I need a lot more
practice with the tension, but I think this will be a useful stitch.
from Istanbul One of
Ted’s co-workers presented his research on attitudes toward disabled athletes
at an international conference in Istanbul and brought Ted this omiyage.
practicing their kayaking skills at Lake Shikotsu a few weeks ago, Ted’s class
went to Ikushunbetsu River this past weekend. The students were thrilled with
the rapids and only two of the kayaks flipped.
1: I love these Japanese silk fabrics, but I don’t think they were the best
choice for this project.They don’t
finger press well and I’m afraid to use much heat from the iron on them. This
project is turning out okay, but my next epp project will be with cotton
2: I should have read the directions for this project better.It called for 36 hexagons, which is what I
used.What I didn’t read was the size –
2 cm hexagons. Mine are 26 mm size hexagons, so it’ll turn out a little bigger
than the little pouch in the Quilting on the Go! book.
3: I didn’t plan the order of putting the hexagons together very well. The
paper pieces need to stay in place until all sides are stitched.I ended up folding some of the in place paper
pieces to be able to stitch them together.It worked out, but wasn’t ideal.
picked out a blue-ish gray floral cotton print for the lining.I haven’t picked out the binding fabric yet.
already cutting cotton fabric for my next project.I hope to have something done to report next
week. I'm just a beginner at this, but you can check out the projects of other stitchers at Life Under Quilts.
US, each state has its own state motto and flower and bird.The states don’t each have their own cartoon
character though, like the prefectures in Japan do.I recently learned about Hokkaido’s mascot.
read the whole story (and see the whole picture) and find out what this character is here.
Kingfisher Progress I finished outlining the water with silver twist and the branch with copper twist and have just begun outlining leaves with the gold twist.
I gave the final exam for my university class.I haven’t graded the tests yet, but I looked
through them and most of the students did well. I’m glad because I’ll have
these same students next semester.
get to stitch in the afternoon, and I gave the Kingfisher an eye. I also outlined
the wing and head and started working on the silver twist that outlines the
water, in addition to working a bit more on the cat tails. He’s coming along
we live in a small-ish town, we live fairly close to Sapporo, the largest city
in Hokkaido.The Hokkaido Museum of
Modern Art in Sapporo is one of our favorite places to visit in the big city.Currently, they are hosting a special exhibit
of the works of Marc Chagal. Ted and I spent a pleasant afternoon taking in the
thought Chagal (1887-1985) was French, but it turns out I was wrong - he was a
Russian artist who spent many years in France. I think the exhibit did a very
good job of covering the many things he accomplished over his life time, with
great variety – framed pictures and sketches, video, slides, tapestries, ceramic
pieces, stained glass, and ballet costumes. Like most museum exhibits,
photography was not allowed.
favorite part of the exhibit was a multi-screen slide show depicting the
paintings of the ceiling of the Paris Opera House, which took a year to
complete.Chagal was 77 years old at the
time. The Aleko ballet part of the
exhibit was my favorite.It consisted of
the sketches for the costumes and sets, a video showing parts of the ballet and
about ten costumes from the ballet. We feel fortunate to live so close to a
museum with so many great exhibits.
The start of the cattails and a few more stitches completed --------
put in a few more stitches and have started the green Kreinik on the leaves. I’m
looking forward to pulling out the red basting stitches and doing the outlines
so I can see what it really looks like.
week’s TAST on Sharon B’s Pintangle blog is the Zig Zag Chain stitch. My sample
includes #5 perle (dark blue), two rows back to back with #8 perle (medium
blue), and #12 perle (yellow).
a stitch I like and have used before. Here is a small line (green floss), with an added chain
stitch going out to the right on my recently finished penny purse.
little yellow line is on the back wall of my “Crazy World” bird house.
seam is on the Victorian bag. I've added other stitches to the right of this zig zag chain too.
I had a
busy day yesterday and didn’t put all that many stitches in the
Kingfisher. (Maybe I'll have something to show tomorrow.) I’m teaching some extra
English classes over the summer at the children’s English school where I work
part time, substituting for some other part time teachers who are on vacation. Yesterday
I had two classes that went really well – 4 and 5 year olds in one and 7 and 8
year olds in the other.I also had one
class of 3 year olds that did not go well at all.There were only three of them, but it started
with two of them giving me the crossed arm sign (meaning no) and the third who
just woke up from a nap, all refusing to repeat the vocabulary or say anything
at all in English.I was happy that that
was the first class and the next two were better.
been working on the leaves. Basically there are only two patterns in the
leaves (hexagons or hexagons with diamonds), and two weights of black threads plus I will be adding some green
Kreinik. By filling in more or less of the spaces in the leaf patterns, the leaves
look darker or lighter.Some of them
will get outlined.As I suspected, there
are a lot of compensating stitches.It’s
gone on a weekend trip with his canoe class, so I spent most of yesterday with the
Kingfisher.The threads I’ve used so far
are DMC black floss, YLI black silk, and Kreinik #4 in light blue and darker
blue.I have a few chores this morning, but
hope to start working on the cattails a little later today.
I love having our birthdays and we celebrate the entire month, not just the day
we were born. One of our friends here doesn’t like birthdays, imagine
that!He doesn’t even want his birthday
mentioned.His wife organized a dinner
get together with friends on his birthday, but no one was allowed to say
anything about his birthday.We enjoyed
the get together with friends and the meal at Bombay Blue, but hated that we
didn’t get to sing Happy Birthday or even make a card for him.
decided to work on one of my New Year Resolution pieces – Tanja Berlin’s
blackwork Kingfisher.I traced the
design onto the tissue paper and basted the design to the 32 count fabric with
red sewing thread, which is removed when the blackwork is completed.It’s rather time
consuming to do this basting, but well worth the time involved. The design areas are
small, so I expect there will be a lot of compensating stitches.
removing the tissue paper with the help of some tweezers, I’ve already stitched
the first two small areas on the wing.
doing blackwork, I think how much I like doing it and wonder why I don’t do
more of it.I’m probably thinking that
about most things I’m working on. There are some people who like to do one thing
and that’s what they do, like quilting or counted cross stitch or painted
canvas. I like to do many things and never seem to have enough time to devote
to them all.
past weekend the University students held their annual festival. Ted and I went
together on Saturday morning and he returned on his own Saturday afternoon and Sunday.After all, the university is in our back yard
so he didn’t have to travel far to attend again.
was a large area in the parking lot and several classroom areas indoors. On
stage there was musical entertainment and an eating contest and demonstrations.
Fans with the festival logo were given away to attendees.
were tables of original art for sale and we bought some things to give as
were quite a few food booths, although I didn’t eat anything at the festival.
calligraphy and art students displayed their work.