Monday, July 30, 2012

Oyster Stitch

This week the stitch for TAST was oyster stitch.  It is such a versatile and textural stitch, and I loved it.  It is like the stitch Robyn Ginn showed me which she calls row of roses. 
Here is where I used her row of roses some years ago on my still unfinished crazy patch.
The Glenvale Block
I have used it on the heart in the middle of the block, and also as buds on the flowering peach tree.  The way she showed me was slightly different to the instructions on the Pintangle site.  I can’t for the life of me remember her way of doing it now.
This is what I did this time for TAST:
Hollyhocks and Strawberries
It is mostly done in various thicknesses of DMC stranded thread and the border is a No 8 perle cotton.  I painted the background which was just a white cotton fabric originally.  To put it into perspective, each strawberry is just 5mm or less long.
You can see some beautiful examples of oyster stitch over here on Pintangle.
This past Friday was a very special birthday for my dear quilting friend, Marleen.
My friend Joan and I put together an album for her using some textile pages made by her quilting friends and some photos of happy times we have spent in Marleen’s company.
Happy Birthday Marleen and you don’t look your age!!! 
You are the bestest friend ever.


Suztats said...

I love your TAST sampler, Di, for the oyster stitch! It looks great!

shirley said...

I love your Oyster stitch Di, you have used some wonderful creative ways to show it off. I am sure your wonderful gift to Marleen will be something she will always treasure. She is a lovely lady.

Kathy said...

Wow! Your oyster sampler is beautiful.


Hello Di, your Oyster stitch sampler looks fantastic. I need to look up this stitch. I do not think I have ever use it before. vbg

Your friend looks so very happy with her lovely gift. I am sure she will always treasure it. Hugs Judy

latha said...

Fabulous !!!! Pretty colours and perfect stitches.

Radka said...

Beautiful piece of embroidery, Dianne :-)

Jen said...

Hello Di,Your oyster stitch sample is beautiful and those little strawberries amazing. It looks hard to do!! Our grandchildren are so precious.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Di,
So happy to read you had a great trip . I love your TAST sampler.