Pistil Stitch Pomander Patch—say that five times real fast!
(Aside: I do love alliteration!) The Pistil Stitch is this week’s TAST challenge where one can learn the stitch or, if familiar with it, go crazy using it. As you can see I didn’t get crazy with it, but I did mess around a bit.
You will not see the Pistil Stitch in a lot of my work.
Mainly because I don’t love making French knots. And as you know (or can see), the Pistil stitch is basically a straight stitch which is finished in a French knot. Fancy name for two not so fancy stitches.
But patches…you will begin to see more of.
From me, at least. It is my latest way to make my TAST samples functional. (The other two—so far—are the TAST 2012 Sampler and the TAST Attachment Quilt Blocks.) For me, it is important to have an end product. I don’t need any more bit and pieces of stuff to collect. I know! What are patches but more bits and pieces?! But these are bits and pieces with a future.
I have been making some clothing and sorting through fabrics in storage. As I find a piece that is too small to do something useful with, I consider if it would make an interesting background for an embroidery stitch of some sort. If the answer is, “yes,” then I have added the piece to my trailer embroidery fabric stash. If the answer is, “no,” then I ditch the piece of fabric. All part of my seasonal reorganization for on the road crafting.
When I have collected a few patches I will begin to stitch them together to make a patch-worked wall hanging. I already have two patches. The background fabric in the following is a scrap of leftover binding I made for a kaftan I made for Jeff. (One day I’ll get him to model it for a photo!)
The patch I did this week has a scrap of muslin leftover from the lining of Katie’s Christmas stocking. The bow is made from a scrap of ribbon that my best friend used on a birthday gift she gave to me years ago. The orange organza is a remnant that I couldn’t pass up at JoAnn’s. I mean, really—it was on sale and I had a card for 10% off the sale price, too! I picked up a couple other remnants the same day. You’ll see them sometime in the future I’m pretty sure!
When the wall hanging is completed, I will assemble the posts that tell about the provenance of the “bits and pieces,” the patches. That might make I nice little gift-y, or even a blog give-away.
Or maybe I should just make the individual patches blog give-aways? What do you think?