MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Just a stitchin' along

Yesterday I actually got an entire day to stay home (a rarity at Chez Magpie) and I made the most of it and completed a bit more on Block 6...

(I apologize once again for the 
cropping job on these photos,
my computer is having obvious
issues!)



This one is pretty much straight stitches, with some French knots or beads.










A really simple version - all straight stitches and beads.








Again, all straight stitches with some added beads.  






- I came across THIS site this morning and there's lots of good stitching information there.  Might need to pour a cuppa' before you visit!

- For some reason my mind went into retro-mode this morning and I got thinking about doing bargello, oh so many years ago.  I did a lot of pillow covers using the technique and I loved it.  Of course it's one of those things that seemingly has fallen out of favour now.  I am wondering though - if it wouldn't be something that could now be worked using waste canvas.  Might be a tad difficult to remove the threads though, come to think of it.  Anyway,  HERE's a sampler to show you what I mean.

- A far more modern interpretation of bargello are now being done with fabrics and there are a number of free patterns HERE.  If you want more, have a little fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole and see some of the stunning variations that are being created.

And, because I wasted so much time this morning down that particular rabbit hole, how about this quote for today from an unknown source...."Regret for wasted time is more wasted time"



13 comments:

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

One of these days I'm going to do some Crazy Quilt Blocks - great way to practice some of your cute designs! I will have to visit the embroidery site - looks interesting. I have a small bargello stitch piece set up on a hoop but no stitching done yet. Thanks for the links. We finally got to see the sun today !

Elizabeth said...

I love this stitching... it's simple, but I could not have this ideas...I think it is in all symplicity so beautiful

fijne dag gewenst.

Mary Ann said...

Lovely seams:) I used to lots of Bargello in the 70's. You hardly ever see it mentioned these days.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

You are doing a great job of 'just stitching along'! Wish I could get back into the groove of stitching. Maybe that will happen when I visit Nova Scotia this month. I'm kid & kitten sitting from April 27 - May 11. Keep fingers crossed. Great links today. When you visit my site later, you'll see why :). Thanks

Christine B. said...

Love your new seam treatments. You are using such a pretty colour scheme for these blocks. I enjoyed seeing the bargello in stitches.... very clever! Christine x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I never did bargello, though I have a friend that did back in the 70s. I love bargello quilts, but I could see me stitching bargello but not quilting one.

Love those straight stitch seams that look so complicated and beautiful.
xx, Carol

Wandering Wren said...

Yay for a full day at home!
Wren x

Createology said...

Lovely seam treatments. Love the Bargello and I remember doing lots of it decades ago. Wasted Time...well!

Janie said...

Lovely embroidery, Mary Ann. It is a treat to have a day to get something accomplished.
Thanks for the tips and I agree with that quote!

Baa. xxx said...

I like all of those seam treatments.

Kim said...

A whole day to stay home and stitch; sounds wonderful to me. More lovely stitching. The finishing line must be getting close now, I should think. =)

karen said...

once again you prove you are the Queen of titivated edges!!!

Eileen said...

I don't need Pinterest to fall down a rabbit hole! The link you had for Carol Leather's site did it for me! I am reading and watching all I can about embroidery and crazy quilting. Your blog is really an inspiration for me!