Friday, January 28, 2011

FFT #14 update

I have just finished working on Janet's  block. This was so scary as it was my very first embroidery done on something that belongs to someone else. I decided to put a little bit of Oz on her block so here is the Gum Blossom I did.
The blossom is pistal stitch with a colonial knot worked over some of the blossoms. The nuts and backing are bullion stitch. The leaves are either satin stitch or bokahara(Sp) stitch and the large leaf is outlined with backstitch, the stems are stemstitch.

I have just taught myself how to tat and the little butterfly was the first of my efforts I felt I could give to someone else. The body is a freshwater pearl that was exactly the right size and shape and the antennae are topped with a glass pearl bead.
The seam treatment here is a 3 sets of running stitch with  a double row of sienese stitch in silver over the 2 outside rows.

The second seam is a little hard to see but it is made up of herringbone stitch, straight stitch, detached chain and colonial knots. All my stitching is done with single strand DMC except the silver thread.

This is picture of the block so far and I think it is coming along beautifully and I can't wait to see it when it is finished. 


  1. Daisy! Your work is so beautiful, what a fantastic first block!

  2. Those Gum Blossoms are perfect. I love the raggedy look that you have captured so well.

  3. Oh muy! What GORGEOUS work you have done on this block, Merle! I bet Janet is jumping for joy! Hugs, Cathy K

  4. Beautiful stitching and nice tatting!!!
    Linda M in NM