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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Surely knot!

Sorry for the cheesy title on this post, but I couldn't resist. :-)

I've just finished the bundle of knots below the butterfly on Examplar IV. You can see the very bottom of the butterfly at the top of the picture. The gap between these is for personalization. I haven't figured out what I'm putting there yet.

One of my pet peeves about stitching reproduction and historical-style samplers is the way the instructions usually say to outline first and then fill in the outlines. That was the case with these knots. I often hate outlining first, because then I'm fighting with the outline stitches as I try to fill them in. I think the purpose is to reduce problems with counting stitches, although it may also be more historically accurate. (Does anybody know?)

For the butterfly, I outlined it first, so I didn't have to count all of the tent stitches. I did struggle a bit with the outline around padded satin in the butterfly's body, and ended up stitching the outline on the body again after I finished. With the knots though, I did the knots first, then the outlines. I didn't have a problem counting the stitches in the knots. That's my rule of thumb: If I think I can count it correctly, I'll save the outlining until later.

On another note, I finally posted my colors for Gay Ann's Mystery in a Corner. They are in this post.


cathymk said...

Just beautiful Jeanne!

Cyn said...

Hi Jeanne,

LOL at the title.

This is working up quickly. I'm not sure why the instructions would say to stitch the outline first. I have to admit, I'd ignore that part as you would definitely be fighting the outline while stitching.

I'd love to see what colors you used for your Mystery in a Corner but the link doesn't work... :-(

I went to my LNS tonight to pick up a bunch of things and I was going to pick out my canvas and threads for this project. I finally decided I was too hungry and tired to think so I'll do that the next time I'm there on a weekend.

I also love blues, reds, and creams so I would love to hear what you used.

Windy Meadow

Cyn said...

Hi Jeanne,


I found the colors that you listed below on the earlier post.

Thanks for sharing!

Windy Meadow

Anonymous said...

You stitching is outstandingly beautiful. Makes me wish I were still designing and stitching!
Pat Taff

Karoline said...

It's gorgeous Jeanne

Katrina said...

It's so gorgeous, love it.

Elisabeth Braun said...

Oh, I just LOVE cheesy and corny post titles. You keep 'em comin', girl!

Keep the stitching coming too. Hope to showcase a finish tomorrow...... Better get on with it though, else we'll all be waiting even longer!