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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cross stitch Pattern generator

While googling for free ebooks,I found this incredible blog http://swissmiss.typepad.com/ .In addition to a number of links to different sites,it also had a link to http://www.darklilac.com/ .It has the option of creating one's own cross stitch chart.Do read the terms and conditions before you try it.
The copyright conditon in darklilac made me look for some other sites which do not have such constraints and I found another one called celtic cross stitch which also has a cross stitch generator for names and phrases. No copyright issues here.So,go ahead and try it out!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Chain stitch-TAST #10,#15,#20

My chain stitch sampler is finally complete.The horizontal and vertical borders are the "learning lines".No other stitch has been used.
Bottom line and the one above (touching the grass) : simple chain,double layered chain (created as a mistake while attempting heavy chain),zig zag chain,rosette chain.I've left some space there to do crested chain.
Left hand side :Open chain,twisted chain,heavy chain,rosette chain,oyster stitch and cable chain.
Right hand side : Alternating chain,detached chain,double layered chain,reverse chain, alternating barred chain

Top : Barred chain,cable chain and Butterfly chain.

I've used oyster stitch for the red flower and alternating barred chain for the stems.Grass has been stitched using twisted chain,the butterflies using triple chain and detached chain and the trees using oyster,detached,double layered and butterfly chain. I had a problem with the tension while doing butterfly chain.The cloth is puckered a little bit over there.Will have to practice a little more.

My golden swan is in simple chain,barred chain,twisted chain and detached chain.



The border of the lake is couched with open chain otherwise known as singalese chain.

All the stitch instructions could be found here ,and here


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Cretan and feather stitch sampler-TAST #4,#7,#12,#13

Not a great one,but my sole aim was to learn the stitches.Infact,when I keep analysing this work ,I find myself hating it.
Bottom line : Closed feather ( still not perfect) and single feather stitch
Second from bottom : Chained feather stitch
Right hand side : Feather stitch
Left hand side : Double (triple???) feather and up and down feather stitch. Why is double feather called "double" and not triple when infact there are 3 on either side???
Top line : I was getting confused with cretan and feather.The blue line on top is my gradual variation of cretan into feather.The stitches are the same,except for the angle .I started with open cretan,moved on to closed cretan,then on to knotted cretan and finally the feather stitch.
The tree trunk: Cretan and knotted cretan so as to get the rough texture.
Leaves : Open and closed cretan.
Creeper : all kinds of Feather stitch .It has been used to couch the ropes of the swing.
Grass : Knotted Cretan
All stitch instructions are available in Sharon's stitch dictionary