Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gatsby Done

It turned out to be more difficult than I imagined, judging by how many times I had to rip and re-stitch a section. It turned out well; I prefer not adding most of the outlines as specified by the instructions. Here's the original for comparison.
As usual I'll sit on it and see if it needs "enhancements". I'm considering adding a color backing behind the eyelet stitches - but the rest of the piece needs to be backed with white. I'll see if I can make that work. Considering a frame now.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

More Gatsby, Tools

Getting closer to done!

Let me talk about tools that I usually use, and especially for this piece:

I will use the circle template to re-draw the circles with the Pilot Frixion Pen. When I finish stitching, the outline is erasable using the Clover mini iron. If I accidentally erased the outline with the iron, I can bring it back by sticking the whole piece in the freezer for a couple of hours. Pretty neat!


 Outline gone:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Wishing You a Happy New Year from Gatsby

The new stitch I learned for Whitework is the eyelet stitch - it's a lot of fun poking a large hole in the fabric, except I have to re-stretch the fabric to be drum tight after that. Well there are a lot of eyelet stitches coming.

I tried using a lighter color for the beads background but it turns out the black looks the best, and balances the eye lashes,

The floche which are the padded work in progress is difficult to lay smooth; it is not tightly twisted so the stitches can turn out different.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Incidentally the colors ARE the colors specified in the instructions, although they look brighter in my piece, especially the peach color. Since I probably won't add the outlines, I may have to tone down the darkest colors around the beads, which means not using black, but still adhering to the color palette from the instructions.

Next are some laid stitches and JE style cross-hatching...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gatsby's Hat

I'm probably not going to put the dark outlines on her hat. I think they're somewhat harsh; I've lightened one of the colors in view of not having the heavy outlines. I'll review again and if I have to I will use a lighter color for the outlines.

This is the original from Trish Burr.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays from Gatsby

Making modifications as I went along...

Happy holidays to all stitchers!

Thursday, December 22, 2016


I ordered some Southern Belle white cotton before I read that it's not as good as it once was. It appears to be thinner than the Southern Belle I ordered from Trish Burr several years ago. Hopefully it will hold up to the stitching.
I started on the collar using 8 strands of  JE cotton padding and a double strand of white floche. I did not like it, possibly because I was not supposed to be using two strands for stitching, even though I tried to lay them properly with the tekobari.

So I ripped it out and used 2 layers of 8 strands of padding. I also decided to add another texture element by using Appleton wool instead of floche, to give it a softer effect. The wool is also more forgiving than the floche, and makes it easier to stitch.