Sunday, April 8, 2012
TAST Week 14-Satin Stitch
I've never really liked satin stitch, so many ways it can turn ugly. Too close together and the stitches buckle. Too far apart and the background shows through. One stitch a little too high and it glares at you forever. This litte world of satin stitchery was actually fun to stitch! Done on green cotton fabric the circle is 3 1/4 inches across (8.25 cm). I used a blue quilter's washout pencil to draw the circle and the inner shapes, waves, hills, valleys. The threads are embroidery floss, perl cotton, and wool.
I bought a several hanks of Paternayan wool yarn yesterday in Belfast. I went out to lunch with four friends and we visited several interesting shops in town. The first shop we visited was right next door to where we ate a delicious lunch (Darby's). Try the Scottish Toffee Sundae! Fiddlehead Artisan Supply is a beautiful fabric and craft shop. They have many fresh and modern quilting and sewing fabrics. Along with a good supply of sewing notions there are embroidery threads, both cotton and wool, Collette sewing patterns, a good selection of sewing and quilting books, and sketching and paper supplies. It is a lovely shop and well worth a visit.
There is a delicious range of colors in solid fabrics. I bought a gorgeous deep purple fabric for the back of a quilt the dragonfly quilt I am making. It was only $6.50 a yard and the quality is really nice. Since most fabrics are now at $10.50 a yard, this one seems like a bargain. I hope my quilting is up to the scrutiny of a solid fabric!