Stitch Wheel

Cathy Reavy released another three stitch videos on YouTube today and as I was a day off I decided to stitch them straight away.

First to be stitched was Turkey Rug stitch, we’ve already done velvet stitch (the one that looks more like a shag pile carpet on mine!!) this gives a similar effect but I think it’s easier to do. Cathy suggested we made a triangle shape which could then be turned into a Christmas tree with a couple of extra stitches to make a trunk. The stitch gives you lots of secured loops which can then be trimmed as much as you like. I used three strands of DMC thread, rather than a perle, thinking it would separate and end up even fluffier…

Well mine looks more like Spikey the Hedgehog, so I left him without a trunk!

At the other side of the photo is Bokhara Couching. This is thread couched with the couching stitch making a diagonal pattern, so we’ve made a basket shape and during the next ring we will return to put some flowers in it.

The final stitch sample this week was raised cup stitch, it makes those pretty little pink flowers below…but it’s quite fiddly. You start off stitching a basic triangle and then knots are stitched onto the threads and then more knots on top of the knots – a bit like a twisted crochet sort of…fiddly…I finished them with a french knot in the centre and a split stitch stem. I stitched these in Anchor perle no.8 as Cathy recommended not using stranded cotton. I’ve a box of perle which I’ve rarely used, they always look a bit shiny, but actually I rather like them now! I think the cup stitch makes a pretty flower, I can imagine them in shades of white as gypsophilia, but boy would that take time!

With these three stitches we have now completed the third ring. This one has been mainly filler stitches, the next one is apparently outline stitches. It’s filling up nicely and it does look pretty. I like the way we are stitching something, like a sprig of flowers (or a Christmas tree that looks like a hedgehog!!) I find it much more helpful than just learning stitches out of context. If anyone fancies joining in the Stitchwheel Sampler all the videos are on YouTube.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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5 Responses to Stitch Wheel

  1. anne54 says:

    I have just started the third circle, with the heart. Tonight I will work on the one/short stitch one. I am glad you are ahead of me, as I can see what is coming up!

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  2. The only two stitches I do not like much are the turkey stitch and the velvet stitch. To me they look untidy lol. However love your other two stitches . a small basket with those beautiful cup flowers in the shades of white you mention, and maybe three of the beautiful flower you did not long back with the raised looking petals would make a beautiful smalls project. xx

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  3. Jane M says:

    This is really coming together. I think I would be worried cutting the loops and trimming in case I went too far – you have done a great job – you can see the tree shape. I also checked out her website she has some beautiful kits

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  4. Amanda says:

    It’s been interesting making the stitches that was sometimes read about. Doing them certainly gives a different perspective doesn’t it.

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