Sunday, August 5, 2012

Take a Stitch Tuesday - Algerian Eye Stitch - Week 31

This week for Take a Stitch Tuesday, the featured stitch is the Algerian Eye Stitch. This stitch is one that I enjoyed doing and could have continued experimenting with all day.

The stitch reminds me of a snowflake with eight points. Each of the points comes to a common center, and can vary in length. 

The lavender blocks have a nice texture to them. The left side I was doing stitch by stitch and moving in an orderly fashion - left to right, top to bottom.

The right side I was going up, down, and all around in no order while listening to Sophia write out a grocery list, asking me how to spell some words, and me spelling those words aloud. Needless to say, I apparently can't do all those things at the same time. The evidence: the right hand side has an error in it in the second row. By the time I figured it out, it was too late to go back. I kept it in there as a reminder to do each stitch one at a time.

As with past weeks, the journal entry has the stitched samplers, a personal reflection, list of items for which I'm grateful, the name of the stitch, and images that remind me of the week.

The bluebird is there because there have been bluebirds flying in the backyard and by the driveway. There also have been a lot of birds visiting the feeders - especially the goldfinches, black-capped chickadees, and wrens (this is unusual - wrens normally don't visit the feeders here).

The sunflower represents going to the county and looking at the exhibits there. There was one section that had the tallest sunflowers. They must have been 8'-9' tall.


Anonymous said...

Nice samples. I especially like your first one. I agree that this was a fun stitch.

Julie said...

The stitches were a great addition to your journal! My brother once grew sunflowers 8-9 ft. tall, and I remeber how thick those stalks were to support them. Amazing! I love your journal with all of the mixed media used. Take care.