Continuing Color Studies

I have worked on more color studies for my Level 3 Stitch class this week. I try to have several ready to go for machine stitching and for hand stitching. Then when I get a spare moment, I am ready to stitch.

This one is full of machine stitching. I had a bit of difficulty with cable stitch on my machine. I found that the extra bobbin case I had wasn’t working. Luckily, I had another one and the second one worked fine. Once I figured that out, the cable stitch went much better.

And here’s another machine stitched one with cable stitch but it looks so different, doesn’t it?

Here is one reason that I don’t normally try to stitch straight lines with hand stitch. My lines never end up very straight.

This one has a bit more texture with the cheesecloth.

This one was fun too with loads of chain stitching. Most of these colors are way out of my usual choices but it is interesting to see who they work together.

Hope you have a great weekend.

6 thoughts on “Continuing Color Studies

  1. I really like all the colour combos! I’ve never tried cable stitching on the machine – interesting result.

    The first one is amazing and I love the red highlights. I like the gradual change of colour in the background in the second one and the way the green holds it all together. The third and fourth pieces capture gentle movement and are very pleasing to the eye. Wow – what a lot of chain stitching on the last one – it’s so lovely.

    • Thanks Lyn, I have a tendency to forget about cable stitch but it gives a thicker line on the surface. You should try it. I’m glad you like the different color schemes, it’s been fun creating them.

  2. Your colour studies are all interesting & all very different. I particularly like 1, 2 & 5. And the chain stitching….wow!
    Please clarify what the cable stitch is.

    • Thanks Antje! I am always interested to see how differently they turn out. Cable stitch is using a heavier thread in the bobbin such as perle cotton and then working upside down so the heavier thread shows on the front of the piece and the “top thread” essentially couches it down. It helps to have an extra bobbin case for your machine so you can loosen the tension without worrying about how to get it back to what you need for regular sewing. So in piece number 2, the lighter lines over the blue violet are cable stitch with a number 5 perle cotton.

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