Further progress

Just a short post today as I managed to get my week 5 TAST sample page done on time last night. This week was Chevron stitch, not one that I have done before and not one that I particularly like that much, so I decided to go more traditional this week. This is a little sample of chevron stitch and fly stitch, stitched over canvas which has hand dyed silk organza laid over it. If you like embroidery and haven’t seen the site yet, it is well worth a look. Many people are linking their blogs and Flickr sites in the comments sections. There is some lovely work being done. I can recommend a visit here if you haven’t already been.

As I am posting I will show the next stage of the velvet pieces. For this layer I sprayed the painted velvet with black Quink ink, a bit scary really as most of the colour was then covered up.

The next step was to get out the bleach and some stamps. I decided to make my own flower/leaf stamp as most of the wooden stamp blocks that I have were not that suitable at this time.  This is the result of the background being stamped with bleach and then overprinted with Lumiere metallic acrylic paint. I was a little careless with the sponge and managed to get a couple of dribbles of bleach where they shouldn’t have been but they look a bit like stems so I’m not too worried. Amazing transformation and still plenty of layers to go yet.

It’s still very cold here and, although the snow has been cleared from the roads, the pavements are very icy in patches. Definitely a snuggling up in front of the wood burner time of year at the moment.  Wherever you are, stay warm and safe or, for my Antipodean followers, stay cool and safe.


About maggi21

I create textile art and also dye and print my own fabric.
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25 Responses to Further progress

  1. I love the technique of stitching over sheers on canvas and your sample is beautiful. I also love the bleached and printed velvet piece – you’ve achieved a wonderful effect. I’m a bit scared of bleach and am never sure how best to neutralize it afterwards.
    Thanks for the kind comment on my blog. I found a packet of those little slices of wood in a craft shop and got my husband to drill tiny holes in them so I could stitch them in place.

  2. Barbara says:

    I may need to give up reading your blog as I have to wipe the drool off the keyboard afterwards! Everything looks hugely covetable as always and your production/inspiration workrate is pretty good too!

  3. Val says:

    Oh Maggi – that velvet piece looks absolutely scrumptious. Love your hand stitching too, but that velvet piece – ohhhhhhh!!

  4. Janet says:

    WOW that is amazing Maggi, you are so clever.

  5. Raphaela says:

    Excellent Chevron stitching.

  6. The velvet piece really is starting to look amazing. The starry flowery prints are lovely and I actually thought the dribbles were deliberate stems, so if you hadn’t said, I’d never have known!

  7. I like your sampler, fabric, threads and stitches 😀

  8. nadia says:

    Hi, Maggi. Just happened upon your lovely blog. Your TAST embroidery is beautiful–I couldn’t allow myself to do the TAST because of a huge pile of projects, so I live vicariously seeing everybody else’s creations. Also enjoyed seeing your other projects–pillows, pouches, quilts. Just very beautiful.
    best from Tunisia,

  9. jan2bratt says:

    Maggi these things look fantastic. Love your stitching. I clicked on the photo to see it closer but can barely see the organza; very subtle. The velvet is coming along great! Can’t wait to see what you do with it next. It really discharges well!

  10. Oh, that technique on the velvet is gorgeous – and very inspiring …….. I can’t wait to have a go!!!

  11. Zuzana says:

    Hello Maggi, what a stunning artwork, you are so skillful.
    It is cold here too, I think the whole Europe is in a cold spell, stay warm.;)
    Thank you for your always kind comments, I appreciate you taking time to visit.;))

  12. Frances says:

    Great idea to put the organza over the canvas. It gives you the beautifully colored background AND the grid for the embroidery!!

    Lyric did some discharge dyeing and then overlayed a stencil…..it was gorgeous!!

  13. Emma says:

    Both these new pieces are great…so how’s the C&G coming along (he he!)

  14. Robinmac says:

    That velvet piece is going to look fantastic when you have finished with it. I am always promising myself to do some work with bleaching and then chickening out. Perhaps you have inspired me, I like your stamps. Cheers from a hot and sticky (still) Mackay, Australia.

  15. teodo says:

    Bellissime le stelle! Wonderful the stars.
    Here there are -6.5° and is very cold.
    ciao ciao linda

  16. Wow Maggi, the velvet looks sensational. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. Love the use of the fly stitch in particular the long stitches. Keep up the good work.

  17. Monica says:

    I’m fascinated by the velvet piece. Thank you for showing the stages along the way. I’m really looking forward to seeing more.

  18. Diane-crewe says:

    OOH! I like very much…and esp the drips that made the stalks xx

  19. CarolQ says:

    ooh, that’s coming on a treat!

  20. Julie says:

    I’m fascinated by what you’re doing with the velvet Maggi. I have done a little bleach discharge with limited success but you have got some wonderful colours showing through here. I’m looking forward to the next steps!

  21. Cath says:

    Your TAST embroidery is looking good, and I like your hand dyed silk over the canvas, it gives a lovely subtle background colour. Also loving the velvet piece, it looks a really exciting technique, and I’d love to have a play at that myself one day.

  22. Jane says:

    That’s amazing, the first progress picture looked like moonshine from behind a cloud. Love the effect you got after bleaching

  23. I like your stitch sample. But the velvet piece – whoa! I was wondering what your next steps were – I like what I am seeing!

  24. Caz says:

    Lovely sample with the Chevron stitch!

  25. so nice shevron with coaching! lovely!

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