Sunday, February 12, 2012

Heart Beats

My inspiration for this week’s TAST Stitch, Chevron stitch, is a little whacky.
As you will see in the journal entry I was possibly going to do just couched threads/cords etc in straight lines. I was also considering a scene with steps and a zig zag pattern.
Chevron Stitch journal
While my friend, Shirley, was laying in her hospital bed my husband and I were observing the heart monitor. The idea for my chevron came like a bolt of lightening and I couldn’t wait to get started on my ‘Heart Beats’ piece.
Wk 6 Chevron Stitch
During the time we watched the monitor, one line was particularly erratic ( 2nd from top) and on another line some of the ‘bleeps’ went below as well as above the line from time to time (bottom line).  Eventually it all evened out and became regular (top line). 
I have couched some yarn, some ric rac and some cord.  The dark purple ‘bleeps’ are topped with a half chevron stitch.  The border is one chevron done over the other in a different colour.
I have really enjoyed experimenting with this stitch.  It is a stitch which I thought had no flexibility, but looking at what others have done with it has proved that theory wrong.  Check some of them out HERE.

11 comments:

Julie said...

I can see the similarities to a heart monitor, very clever!

Marilyn said...

That was a clever idea. Love watching your stitching ideas each week.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Di, Your Heart Beat piece is very creative and your stitches are very good and colorful. They definitely reflect a heart beat. Hugs Judy

Annet said...

Your sampler is really pretty. I hope your evened row represents Shirley's heartbeat and that's she's ok!

Radka said...

Well done for finding your inspiration in a such unusual place, very clever :)
What is wrong with Shirley???
Give her my love :)))

Linda said...

It is certainly true that stitchers find inspiration everywhere, you've proved that this week Dianne. Let's hope Shirley isn't going to be giving you any more inspiration like that!!!!!! Your up and down chevrons are very much like heart monitor marks, how clever. Love this week's approach, they are all so appealing. Cheers.

Teresa said...

BRILLIANT... So clever of you... and inspiration is definitely EVERYWHERE

Robin Mac said...

That chevron stitching looks good - is Shirley okay?

michelle said...

Hi love your stitch sampler it really does look like a heart monitor ! Hope Shirley is ok give her love ! xx

Jensters said...

Some beautiful stitches Dianne....im fine now thanks for asking, it took a little while to get over it!

Suztats said...

Hi Di. This is very creative using the heart monitor as your inspiration.