Saturday, April 28, 2007

TAST 17 Running Stitch

For some reason I had a different idea about what to do with the running stitch this week. I like all the patterns and ideas from Sharon B and Elizabeth at Quieter Moments, and we even had an darning pattern sampler class at one of my EGA chapter meetings. But I kept seeing something that was sort of like Assisi work in my head. I wondered if running stitch could be used for something more organic. So I drew a design from a Persian carpet book I am reading on some 18 count aida cloth and filled things in. I like the effect although I would use linen so I could do more threads per inch to get more dense colour for the background. It would also be easier with a higher count to pull out the details of the design. And I think it would be better to actually plan the design on graph paper, especially since Susan at Crazy Quilt Susan has provided a link to make custom graph paper. I'm sure you can see it is more than a bit asymmetrical.

8 comments:

sharonb said...

Love this idea - I really like working with negative shapes - great sample!

Elizabeth said...

I'm sure glad you followed your idea! Great work with this stitch. I love the curves and balance in this piece.

neki desu said...

great idea here! love the curves.

neki desu

corina said...

It looks great and a nice pattern!

Laura Lea said...

Oh I hadn't thought of the stitch this way, thank goodness for this group! I'm so glad you shared.... so many possibilities after seeing your sample!

kay susan said...

Nice experiment - fo0d for thought!

Doreen G said...

Nice sample sometime we need to think outside the square and do our own thing.

crazyQstitcher said...

I like the it very much. I agree that the plain fabric would show the design better. I can imagine it with gold.