Save the Stitches, Block 5

Save the Stitches, Block 5

I’ve finished block 5 of the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey. The metallics are DMC E3837 (purple instead of copper), DMC E815 (red instead of gold), and DMC E3843 (blue instead of silver); the beads are Mill Hill glass seed beads (02097). The chart called for gold (red); I tried purple to make it monochromatic, but they didn’t show up at all, so I used blue since I hadn’t used them yet. Blocks 6 and 7 were released at the beginning of the month, so I’m about caught up.

Here is the whole thing so far:

Save the Stitches, Blocks 1 - 5

March 2014 WIPs

I realized I didn’t have a February WIP post, but I don’t think I worked on anything but the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey. I worked on it a lot last month as well; I’m partway through block five (six and seven were released today):

Save the Stitches progress March 2014

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Minecraft bookmark (again)

Minecraft bookmark 2

This is a second version of the Minecraft bookmark from Happy Bobbin; my nephew lost the first one. I did the heads in a row this time since the text worked better horizontally, and I backstitched around the text this time.

Save the Stitches, Block 4

Save the Stitches Block 4

This is Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey, blocks one through four; four is new and is the diamonds at the bottom. It is mostly black (DMC 310), and the metallics are DMC E3837 (purple), DMC E815 (red), and DMC E3843 (blue). If I can finish block five before the end of the month, I’ll be caught up with what has been released so far, just in time for the next blocks.

Save the Stitches, Block 3

Save the Stitches, Block 3

This is block three of the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey. The bulk of it is black (DMC 310), the metallics are DMC E3837 (purple), DMC E815 (red), and DMC E3843 (blue), and the beads are Mill Hill 03505 (purple) and 03049 (red). I was trying to use what I had and started with DMC E334 for the blue, but decided it was too light. There wasn’t a lot of it, so I took it all out and replaced it with DMC E3843. Block four should go quickly; it’s just diamonds with motifs instead of larger blocks with complicated patterns.

The whole thing so far:

Save the Stitches, Blocks 1 - 3

Save the Stitches, Block 2

Save the Stitches, block 2

This is block two of the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey. Five blocks have been released so far. The bulk of it is black (DMC 310); I substituted red (DMC E815) for gold, blue (DMC E334) for silver, and purple (DMC E3837) for copper. The red beads are Mill Hill antique glass beads (03049) and the purple bead is a Mill Hill antique glass bead (03505). I’m still not sure I like my metallic choices; the purple and blue don’t show up as well as I might like.

The whole thing so far:
Save the Stitches, blocks 1-2

Save the Stitches, Block 1

Save the Stitches - block 1

This is block one of the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey. She’s releasing it block by block; I think the overview and block one were released in January, and blocks two and three were released in February. The bulk of it is black (DMC 310); I substituted red (DMC E815) for gold, blue (DMC E334) for silver, and purple (DMC E3837) for copper. The red beads are Mill Hill antique glass beads (03049). I wanted to use a deeper blue, but it didn’t show up against the black. I also thought about using the same color thread with the metallics, but I didn’t think there was enough contrast (and I’m not sure about the purple; it doesn’t show up as well as I might like and didn’t really show up in the picture). It’s on 14 count Aida, because I had a large piece of it at hand; I didn’t realize that this was best suited to over two on a higher count fabric. If I stick with this, it will be my largest project to date. I think I’m going to post it block by block so I can feel like I’m making progress.

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