2013 September and October at KEG

photo (10) compressed EAWL Homecraft Exhibition  : KEG participated in EAWL homecraft exhibition which was held from 18th to 20th photo (8)compressedSeptember.  This exhibition gives members an opportunity to see a huge variety of exquisite and inspiring craftwork.  The KEG displayed all its kits and pieces from Mary’s classes, and publicity information.

September and October  2-part kit!  It makes this amazing tissue box cover, featuring woven picots, and is really beautiful.  It is a tissue box cover with four different sides and a top featuring a dragonfly!

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The first part conducted in September covered the ‘foundation stitches’ ie the stem, chain, satin, blanket etc stitches, and in the October meeting Gail tought the woven picots.  This kit ended up much more elaborate than originally imagined, as Gail was having such fun designing the flowers and insects, and incorporating as many stitches as possible.

As always Gail’s instructions are very clear and comprehensive.  Here are a few more tips:

  • To thread a needle, fold the end of the thread over, pinch it tight and squeeze through the eye of the needle.  DO NOT LICK (or if you must, make sure that the licked end ends up as the waste knot or end threaded under threads)
  • Use a waste knot, ie tie a knot in the end, go down into fabric a little way from where you need to be and start stitching – when you finish, cut knot off and thread tail under the back of your stitches
  • Tracing the design on to the fabric – can be done with water-soluble pen (NB not air-soluble), tailor’s chalk, slivers of soap, or dressmaker’s carbon and a tracing pen.  You can put the fabric on a light box (will be available at the October meeting) or up against a window to make it easier
  • If you have dangling edges of fabric round the hoop, keep them out of the way with a few stitches, pegs or clips
  • Stem stitch – often found difficult but Gail says she’s cracked it – always stitch on your line (not from one side to the other as on the diagram) and the thread will push the stitch neatly to the side.  Use the same size stitches and hold the thread towards you against the fabric.  In this kit, some of the stems need two rows of stem stitch for a thicker stem
  • French knots – the size of the final knot will depend on the number of turns and the tightness, so the instructions are just a guide
  • Feather stitch – if it is helpful, draw a line either side of the centre line of the leaf to go back into each time
  • Satin stitch – the critical thing here is to keep stitching in the same direction – although it is tempting to go backwards and forwards to save thread, DON’T DO IT, it won’t look right.  If you don’t mind what the back looks like, it is really helpful to do a few stitches spaced across the area to be filled, then to go back and fill them in.  In this kit, for the fuchsia leaves, do some spaced stitches from the edge of the leaf to the centre on each side, then draw the scalloped edges between these stitches, then fill in the spaces.



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