Thursday, 7 August 2014

Save the Stitches update - blocks 4, 5 and 6

I've been working steadily on this project over the past few weeks, I am really enjoying stitching it and it's pretty much all that I feel like working on at the minute.  In case you're new to my blog, or have forgotten, this is Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey's Save The Stitches blackwork sampler.


This is block 5, I really like the lower left pattern.


And here we have block 6.  There were some confusing patterns there!  Because the patterns change gradually throughout the sub-block, it's hard to memorise them so I have to stitch with the pattern in front of me.  This is not a criticism,  I have NO criticisms of this pattern, I totally love it and find it hard to put down.


As you can see, I also started the outline for block 7.  At this point, I changed from Q snap to stretcher bars, thinking it would be easier than constantly moving the Qsnap.  I couldn't keep the tension though so I've swapped back.  I found that I have to put beaded areas under the bars sometimes and the beads have pulled out, so I won't be doing any more beading until the end when I'll have to go back and fix it.


As I had it off the frame, I took a snap of the whole thing so far.  I think Elizabeth released 14 and 15 this week... I'm catching up though!


16 comments:

Laura said...

that looks amazing! is it handwork or machine?

Jane Galley said...

It looks fabulous. I always leave the beads until last, saves catching the threads on them too. Looking forward to the next update

Sarah in Stitches said...

It looks amazing! Great job :D

Sheila said...

So pretty!! It's looking very nice. I started printing the first couple of blocks but didn't get started, may have to get busy.

Rachel said...

It gives a real sense of the possible variations in each pattern, doesn't it. As well as looking beautiful, it is a truly useful sampler you could refer to in the future.

Sandra :) said...

You're in the home stretch - it's gorgeous!

Fiona said...

beautiful...
Hugz

Joy said...

This work is coming along so nicely Wendy! I am rather amazed at the intricacy of this style of stitching and every time I look at the progress can't help thinking how patient you must be …. well done! xoJoy

Renee said...

Wendy, this is absolutely stunning! Beautiful work.

SuperMomNoCape said...

You are definitely creating an heirloom with this piece. It's so pretty!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, this is absolutely beautiful! Great job, can't wait to see it completed!

Jo Ferguson said...

Oh my! This is beautiful...I mean stunning...I mean gorgeous...I mean....oh my!

Rachel said...

Very pretty! I think all the gold will be worth all the trouble in the end. Goodness, it's going to be quite large at 15 blocks. Excellent work.

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

This is gorgeous! I have never thought of doing an embroidery piece mainly in black and I love the result. The golden and copper threads (that's how they look on my screen...) add sparkles and sophistication. Working among all those black stitches must be hard on the eyes, thought. THAT would make me dizzy (and in need of a chocolate break). ;-)

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

This is fantastic!!I love the black and white as the predominant colors and touches of gold thread.

Linda said...

This is just magnificent. I'm downloading all the blocks and using your blog for inspiration. :)