Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
The first band started out as an up/down, every-which-way line of stitching that was probably more in line with my mood while I sat out DH's routine colonoscopy. His results were fine, mine not so much. I frogged it completely and replaced it with two repeat rows. By the way, all the herringbone in this sampler is worked in #5 perle cotton. The first band is buttonholed with a variegated perle from Anchor.
The whole time I'm working on this stitch I'm thinking of ways to depict waves. The variation I made in the second band was to alternate the peaks and valleys in the two rows. The buttonhole portion is a single strand of Caron Watercolours. If you look at the last part of the second row, you'll see it's more angular than scalloped. I left it that way to show I experimented with working the buttonhold upside down. My conclusion is the scallops lay better when worked right side up.
Band 3 is double herringbone buttonhole; ie, both layers have buttonhole over the foundation herringbones. I suppose it would have looked more interesting if I had "woven" the second layer, but I wasn't energized enough to try. The underlayer of buttonhole is worked in cotton perle, possibly Caron Wildflowers, the upper layer is 2 strands of silk floss from Vikki Clayton.