the begonia is.
i love how the flowers bud out in the form of an umbrella, heads/buds down, until they get a bit more open . . .
the TAST stitch this week is couching.
couching is not exactly a stitch but more of a technique. it's used to hold down threads or sometimes even objects that can't be pulled through the base fabric. it can in fact be done ornamentally using other embroidery stitches or it can be done so that you cannot even see it by using fine threads and fastening them in such a way that they 'disapear' into whatever is being couched down.
technically the snowflake that i put on one of the stockings with a fly stitch was couched, this was both ornamental and virtually invisible.
another example within my blog of couching, this time invisable, is this pear. i've outlined the pear with what i believe is a recycled sari ribbon yarn. (i recieved it as a gift but am not positive just what it's called.) this is an absolutely beautiful fiber but it is impossible to stitch it directly into any base. i love finding projects to use it in~!
in fact i've used the same fiber in today's TAST example. i've created a leaf around the 'joy' that i chain stitched onto my wonderful husbands stocking. what do you think? it is possible (probable even) that i will do further stitching on this leaf at some point . . .
two really outstanding examples of this stitch:
- don't miss this amazing tree created from couching fibers.
- there is also a really beautifully done demonstration of a form of couching traditionally used in tapestry work that shouldn't be missed.
if you think that you may be interested in learning embroidery or practicing the stitches you already know it's well worth a visit to Pin Tangle to join in with this project.
recent gifts include:
- finding a reason to use my gorgeous recycled sari silk ribbon yarn
- the pleasure of a really good laugh
- new issues of Cloth, Paper, Scissors AND Somerset Studios magazines
if you haven't entered my giveaway yet and you would like to try to win a few of my photo art notecards click here.
i will draw a winner on march 12.