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All the required pieces of work for the Intermediate Certificate in Canvas work have now been completed!  A huge relief, now I just have to mount all the samples, write some notes, put together my folio, then hand it in after Christmas.  I am very pleased to have finished it all, now I can focus on things like my overgrown garden and organising some light clothing for my Singapore trip.  I am resolved never to undertake another long stitching course again, it takes over one’s life and leaves little time for anything else.  I can clear away all my stitching paraphernalia from my dining table where it has been for three months, and best of all, my stitching time is once more my own!

Anyway, the last piece is a large (4 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall) pincushion to match the needle case made earlier – same colours, same thread, a different design and some different stitches.  Bright and glaring, I’m sure I shall not misplace them easily once they are put to use.



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The stitching is complete on my next to last piece of work for the Intermediate Canvas Certificate.  This will be a (large) sun-glasses case, it just needs to be lined, assembled and the last bit of stitching done around the top.  Hopefully I might complete it this evening – wish there was something good on the TV, non-rating season so nothing but repeats and rubbish!


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Almost there…….

I now have only one small sampler, and two other original pieces to do before all stitching is completed for the Intermediate Canvas Work Certificate.  Then I just need to put the folio together which will also take some time, but the end is in sight!  I have finished this today – it was to show how one can add things to canvas to make it more interesting.  In this, supposedly underwater scene, the canvas was painted, there were fine silk gauzy bits stuck on and stitched through or gathered and added to the surface to represent seaweed, heat distressed Tyvek was used to create rocks, and real shells attached too.  Threads were a mixture of stranded cottons, perle cotton, silk, and stranded wool.  Stitches used included cross, rice, cushion, fly, tent, slanted gobelin, French knots, drizzle, velvet, Milanese, and Hungarian diamond stitch.  I sort of like the result, but there are some things I would do differently if starting again, and I don’t think adding sundry bits to canvas is something I would do often.

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Another Sample

I fell behind in class because of so much garden activity, so am still catching up with the assignments from the last couple of sessions in our canvas work certificate.  I completed this small piece yesterday, it is worked on rug canvas which has about 4 threads to the inch.  Great for rugs using the appropriate thick yarn or rags, but not something one might use for anything else. This is what I did using strips of natural dyed silk and thick knitting yarns.  No thing of great beauty, but there is potential there….

I thought it might be useful to show this handyman’s clamp as in my opinion, it is an essential accessory for any embroiderer.  I read recently on another blog where a stitcher was having difficulty holding a frame for her work, and wondered if folk knew of this easy solution.  Most embroidery will look better if it has been worked in a frame and there are numerous sizes of circular or rectangular ones from which to choose, some of which come with their own stands however, most do not.  To be able to use both hands when stitching, and avoid the aches of holding a frame yourself, the cheapest solution is to clamp it to a table edge, and it is very simple with one of these tools which has a pump action to tighten the clamp.  The thick cork mat, made from two large placemats from a $2 shop glued together, protects the table and can also be used for blocking finished work.

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I may have mentioned before that Blue is my favourite colour – I wear it, I’m most comfortable stitching in blues, I make blue quilts, and there are many blues to be found in my garden.  In fact, it is a bit of a joke amongst some of my friends who are astounded if I appear in another colour.

This latest piece for the Intermediate Certificate which was to be an exercise in repeating patterns, is also another attempt to steer clear of the beautiful blues that I love – so it is Red and four shades of Purple!  When made up, it will be a needlecase – one which I feel will be difficult to lose because it is so loud and lurid!  It will fold down the centre line, and have another row of long legged cross stitch around the edge.  I will post a photo again when it is completed.

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Thank you for all the lovely comments about my blue piece below, so pleasing to receive them.

Here is my latest little piece, a class sample to show how some surface stitchery stitches can be worked on canvas.  Please note it is not blue!

The stitches worked in DMC Perle #5 are Raised Chain, Fly, Running, Woven running, Herringbone, Backstitch, Buttonhole and variations, Sorbello, Detatched buttonhole, Woven spiderweb, Bullion and French knots.  The next one needs to show the repetitive use of stitches, and will probably be one of my minor pieces for the certificate.  It needs to be completed by Thursday so I had better get a move on.

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The assignment was to work a piece in only one colour, but different threads, shades and tints, and using stitches to give a textured finish.  This is mine.

Threads were a mixture of tapestry wools, knitting yarn, persian wool, silks and cottons, variegated or plain,  giving shine or not.  Stitches used are Rhodes, Norwich, Square & Diamond Eyelet, Leaf, Rice, Tent, Fan, French Knots, Wheat, Upright cross, Woven Spider…………and I have just spotted a couple of bare threads!  Must fix that before I hand it in!
PS. If you use Pintrest, please DO NOT pin this or any other photos from this blog.

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