Monday, April 12, 2010

Patterns of the Orient

This piece gets more and more beautiful with each completed area.

I finished all but the goldwork touches on the upper lefthand border.  It's a very pretty pattern based on a vase pattern used on Chinese sleeve bands.

Now working on the lower righthand border, a pattern from a Korean blouse.  I'm on step 10 of the 12 step process!!!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Diagonal Brick/Byzantine Variation/Condensed Byzantine

This versatile stitch works well for almost everything!

It's a diagonal stitch, but the overall effect is non-directional.  It can be done over two or more diagonal intersections in one, two or more colors.

I've used it for bells, toys, clothing, furniture, architectural features, animals, plants, and even fur on Santa's coat.