Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 31: Braid Stitch

Oh, if all homework were as easy and fun as working with the Braid Stitch!
What a delightful stitch!
I made a couple of monograms for greeting cards.
This was completed in 15 minutes!

The polyester thread had a nice sheen, but was a bit slippery. In spite of that the stitches sit nicely.

Here I used Coton a Broder, which has a better grip, but does not look as even and smooth as the blue polyester thread.

18 comments:

  1. Your polyester thread does have a gorgeous sheen and your braid stitch monograms
    are a treat, adding beauty to someone's life.

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    1. This is such a lovely stitch I will be using it on other projects, too!

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  2. Great results! It does not look like something I could do in even half an hour.

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    1. Once you get the rhythm the speed comes by itself.

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  3. Both are gorgeous! Very well done.

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    1. If you haven't tried this stitch yet, do give it a go. It would be great on a cq seam. You do need a frame and the fabric must be held tightly.

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  4. A wonderful stitch for the initials. The first pair, with sheen, is really neat. Not to say the second version is not good but the polyester seems to snuggle closer to the previous stitching than the Coton a Broder. I like both sets.

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    1. I think the cotton a broder sits still and the polyester wants to move. The shine is totally different, though and I like the poly much better. I think the key is to keep the stitches small and rather cramped.

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  5. The use of the braid stitch allows to make beautiful monograms.

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    1. I think is is very attractive, but might not work well on bed linen that will be washed and ironed. For a greeting card or framed picture, though, it works really well.

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  6. Thank you for doing all that testing. I am going to have to use this stitch on the curve.

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    1. See what you think. I love it, but know the fabric has to be tight in the hoop and you do need both hands to keep the thread (especially the slippery polyester) in check.
      Good luck.

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  7. Wow, you mastered this stitch! Pretty monograms!

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    1. I have failed so many times when I have tried to follow the instructions and illustrations in book, seeing Mary Sorbet's video was the key to success.

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  8. It's a lovely stitch, and makes a great textural effect!

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    1. It is nice on its own, but in a 'tangle of stitches' or 'pile 'em on' piece of free form embroidery it would add instant richness.

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  9. It is hard to imagine finishing in 15 minutes! That's wonderful, I'll have to have a go myself some time ......
    Very pretty, Queenie.
    Barbara x

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    1. The secret to the speed is that you should have the fabric drum tight in a hoop and both hands free to control the tension of the thread.
      Do give it a try, it is much easier than it looks like.

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