dragon stitchalong. Part one

pdf pattern will be available to download tomorrow for those who need it.

Kits can also still be purchased – pm me for details

we’re going to start with the plain areas of laid and couched work. For those of you who’ve already done this bit these are the areas to block.

(ignore the little yellow line – I was just demonstrating something at a class)

And the basic technique for everyone else.

Your canvas should be worked under tension. I like mine drum-tight.

Using a doubled thread bring your needle out at the edge of the area to be filled.

And take it across to the other side of the space – note that design lines such as the edges of the box are worked over at this stage, we will go back and fill them in later.

Don’t worry about the direction of this initial stitch. The most important thing is to cover the area with as little effort as possible, so just go with the longest line you can, irrespective of direction. If you look closely at original pieces there is no regard for direction.

Bring the needle straight back out again next to where you just went in. All the thread should be on the surface of the canvas – you don’t go around the back.

Fill the entire area, working only on the face of the canvas.

All you should see on the back of the canvas is a row of tiny dots where the thread goes in and out.

This initial stage of laidwork is quite unstable, especially if you were to remove it from the frame, so now its time to couch it, and stabilise it.

Now go down to a single thread. Bring this out at the side of your laidwork. If you have a long span of thread you may find that it can wander about a bit, so you might need to nudge it back towards the design lines – you can see where mine has been pulled in a little bit on the right hand side.

Take your single thread at right angles right across the other threads and down again.

work straight back over the bar you’ve just put down, holding it into place with a row of tiny stab stitches, about 4mm apart. You’ll find you get a much neater result if you work one bar at a time.

When you work the next bar, make it about 4mm apart from the one before. Don’t line up the couching/stab stitches, or they will push the laid threads apart. Instead stagger them in a brick pattern.

Continue until the area is filled.

This is the back of another piece, because I forgot to take the back of this, but you can see that there should be very little work on the back of the canvas.

Continue by working the areas shown in the top photograph, and in two weeks time we will look at the trellis couching for the dragon’s body.

 

 

~ by opusanglicanum on September 8, 2017.

2 Responses to “dragon stitchalong. Part one”

  1. I seem to remember the laid and couched work grows pretty quickly. Have fun, everyone!

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