Saturday, March 22, 2014

Margret Gatis - complete - pictures as promised

I had promised to post pictures of the completed sampler this weekend so here are some really quick pictures.  I am in the midst of finishing up some projects for submission in this upcoming week and will add to this entry later on but figured that some of you may be curious to see the sampler finished.
Full sampler

top portion

bottom portion

closer view - top

closer view - middle

closer view - bottom part


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Day 15 : Completed Margret Gatis - final band

Completed Margret Gatis on Monday night - St. Patrick's Day.
Just a quick post of the way I completed this band which was is just charted for satin stitches and buttonhole eyelets.  I somehow always felt the urge to add more stitches to give the band some texture and had skipped over it in the beginning so that I could think about it a bit.  As the sampler developed I really felt that this band could easily lend itself to more texture.  Below are some pictures of my interpretation - I added fly stitches, fishbone stitches and a variety of eyelet stitches and also played with the directions/length of satin stitches to add effects by the play of light on the silk threads as well as color placement.  All satin stitches would have been just fine as charted in the original but this gave me more 'interesting' stitching time.   So here are some pictures of my interpretation of this band which completes this sampler at this point.
I will take some time over the weekend and post the full picture but thought that this may interest some of you in the meantime.
Margret Gatis - Day 15
Fishbone stitches, working on balancing the colors

Margret Gatis - Day 15
Completed band

Margret Gatis - Day 15
RIght side - closeup

Margret Gatis - Day 15
Left side closeup

Margret Gatis  - Day 15
Central area closeup

Margret Gatis - Day 15
Completed band / completed sampler

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Margret Gatis - Day 14 - On the home stretch

Here is the continued progress on Margret Gatis - I am going back to the bands I had skipped over either because they were simple cross stitch bands (good to work on when tired) or because they were bands that required some thought.
Last night I worked on two of the cross stitch bands and got them finished up. I made some adaptations regarding color and stitch selection (to counteract boredom).
Here are some of the progress pictures :
Margret Gatis - Day 14
- changed a few of the colors to darker shades of cream
- added the reddish diagonal twigs on one side which was not charted but felt it needed the symmetry 

Margret Gatis - Day 14
-added my initials and the year on the alphabet band on top and added some of the letters
in my name within the larger band - the original charting showed M,G,S,T etc.
- also changed the colors and distribution of colors to make the band more balanced

Margret Gatis - Day 14

Margret Gatis - Day 14


One more band to go and then this sampler will be finished. I will evaluate if at the end I 'like' the changes I've made.  This is a nice sampler to work on and I have enjoyed my stitching time.

I wanted to thank you all for posting your comments on this blog -  it really means a lot to me.  It is nice to share some of my needlework this way.  

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Margret Gatis - Day 12 & 13

Continuing on with the cutwork band - the instructions called for a greenish/taupe colored DMC cotton thread but I chose to use Ecru to make it more of a whitework band.  I  wanted it to be part of the other whitework bands above and below it. 
I have always liked various cutwork techniques - this one was fun - I have been away from  needleweaving and or hardanger type techniques for quite a while and it was good to get back to doing a bit. It is quite time consuming on this 40 ct. linen especially because the linen threads varied in thickness - another linen would have been more suitable perhaps. The fillings were done over the past two evenings.
Here are some of the progress pictures :
Margret Gatis - Day 12 & 13 -  Finished band
The Song of my Needle
Margret Gatis - Day 12 -Starting the band
The Song of my Needle
I enjoyed working the variations on both of the flowers.  Just positioning the dove's eyes and satin filling stitches differently on the petals of the left and right flowers brings a different feel to both flowers.  It is good to see that simple solutions like this can be quite effective.  
Margret Gatis - Day 13 - left side of band
The Song of my Needle  

Margret Gatis - Right side of band
The Song of my Needle

Margret Gatis - Completed band
The Song of my Needle

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Margret Gatis - Day 11

Continuing on with the sampler yesterday evening - was pretty tired and initially just stitched here and there but none of it was keeping my interest.  So, I decided to start working on the band with the drawn thread - needleweaving by working out the grid etc.
Here are the progress photographs :
  
Another Whitework band - my interpretation
Margret Gatis - Day 11 

Moved up to the satin stitching in this band
Margret Gatis - Day 11

Moved down to the Drawn thread band
Margret Gatis - Day 11  

Starting to remove horizontal threads
Margret Gatis - Day 11

All horizontal threads removed
Margret Gatis - Day 11

Starting to remove the vertical threads
Margret Gatis - Day 11

Gridwork for band
Margret Gatis - Day 11 
Starting to stabilize the remaining threads
Margret Gatis - Day 11

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Continuing on - Margret Gatis Day 9 & 10

Somehow lately I find it is easier to pick up a sampler in the evening so I am continuing on with Margret Gatis despite other projects I was originally planning on working on this week. 

Here are some pictures of my progress from last Sunday and last night.  I decided to continue mapping out the entire sampler and work out the satin stitch areas first.

Margret Gatis - Day 9
The Song of my Needle

Margret Gatis - Day 9
The Song of my Needle


Margret Gatis - Day 9
The Song of my Needle


Margret Gatis - Day 9
The Song of my Needle
 Progress last night - the last band of the sampler
Margret Gatis - Day 10
The Song of my Needle

Margret Gatis - Day 10
The Song of my Needle

Margret Gatis - Day 10
The Song of my Needle

There were some issues with the charted area of the whitework bands and the actual space it was to fit into so I had to add to bands.  I also decided to add pulled thread techniques (four-sided stitch) instead of the satin stitches charted and added Smyrna crosses to another area.  I am still thinking about one of the areas in this last band of the sampler.