cross-stitch textured stitches

cross-stitch textured stitches

Post by Matt Blu » Sun, 24 Mar 1996 04:00:00



I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief, maybe
like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
S Blum
 
 
 

cross-stitch textured stitches

Post by Carol Morga » Mon, 25 Mar 1996 04:00:00


I have a pattern which uses a specialty floss for this effect. Although
;) it is for a witch and her hair is purple!!!! The floss looks like
mohair yard - with fibers sticking out of it. Actually, in a more
normal color, it might be nice to give a texture to the right angel's
hair, maybe?

Carol


Quote:

>I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief,
maybe
>like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
>Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
>S Blum


 
 
 

cross-stitch textured stitches

Post by Beth Heesacke » Mon, 25 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief, maybe
> like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
> Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
> S Blum

The bullion stitch might work.
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cross-stitch textured stitches

Post by Lana Hold » Mon, 25 Mar 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

> I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief, maybe
> like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
> Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
> S Blum

I have seen curly hair done with bullion knots.  It looks really cute.  I
haven't done bullion knots myself at all, though, so I'm not the one to
consult if you're unfamiliar with the stitch.

--Lana Holden

 
 
 

cross-stitch textured stitches

Post by Dave and Lee O'Nei » Tue, 26 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>> I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief, <<snip>>
>> S Blum

>I have seen curly hair done with bullion knots.  It looks really cute.  I
>haven't done bullion knots myself at all, though,<<snip>>
>--Lana Holden

See if you can find a copy of _Bullion Stitch Embroidery_ by Jenny
Bradford.  The stitches are shown for things like roses and wildflowers,
but you'll be able to understand how to adapt them for hair.  

Lee O'Neil

 
 
 

cross-stitch textured stitches

Post by wink.. » Tue, 26 Mar 1996 04:00:00


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>> I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief

Others have suggested Bullion Knots - a different texture would
result from doing "Turkey Work" (I think it's called) - in which
uniform loops of thread/floss/whatever fiber are left on the surface
of the stitchery. I'm not sure where I saw this - it's not in Mary
Thomas' Embroidery Book (just checked) - it would give a more
"bouffant" look than the Bullion Knots (or clown hair, if taken to
an extreme :->).

Kate in IL

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Post by PolDrag » Tue, 26 Mar 1996 04:00:00


French knots, colonial knots, etc all give the impression of tight curls.

For a Victorian or Georgian look, make long bullion stitches, but use 1/2
the amount of strands that your using on the cross stitch around it.  That
is, if all the x's use 2 strands, the curls should be made with 1.  This
gives a lighter and more natural look to the hair.  You start the stitches
at the "part" of the hair.

Hope this helps!

 
 
 

cross-stitch textured stitches

Post by Lee Thompson-Herbe » Tue, 26 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>>> I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief

>Others have suggested Bullion Knots - a different texture would
>result from doing "Turkey Work" (I think it's called) - in which
>uniform loops of thread/floss/whatever fiber are left on the surface
>of the stitchery. I'm not sure where I saw this - it's not in Mary
>Thomas' Embroidery Book (just checked) - it would give a more
>"bouffant" look than the Bullion Knots (or clown hair, if taken to
>an extreme :->).

I just picked up _The New Dictionary of Needlepoint and Canvas Stitches_,
by Rhoda Ochser Goldberg (ISBN 0-517-88145-4).  It includes two looped
stitches, Turkey and Velvet.  Turkey is simpler, but Velvet is more
secure and you can cut the loops to produce a pile.  The Leaf stitches
might make very nice hair, if one worked them inverted from the way
they're shown in the book.  

Actually, it's a pretty good book.  There's sections on types of
canvases, fibres, tools, stands, and little things that making working
easier.  

I'm currently playing with the various textured stitches, because I'm
finally going to embroider borders on the cloak I made 10 years ago.
I'm doing very large knotwork, and since the fill areas will be pretty
large, I think I want to give them some sort of texture.  It'll also
keep me from going insane from boredom, which means I might *finish*
the project (the cloak's been wearable for the last 10 years, I just
never got around to decorating it).  Current plan is to use waste
canvas so I don't have to worry about trying to count (uneven!) threads
on courderoy and taffeta lining.

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Post by Lisa M. Balb » Tue, 26 Mar 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief, maybe
>like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
>Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
>S Blum

Dare I suggest you cover her head with french knots?  I've seen this done,
and it looks like lots of small curls - ala Little Orphan Annie.

Lisa

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Post by Cathy Artigu » Tue, 26 Mar 1996 04:00:00


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>I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief, maybe
>like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
>Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
>S Blum

One of my UFOs is a set of portraits of a Victorian family, one for
each of the four seasons. Anyway, the daughter has long curly hair
which is done with wrapped straight stitches. Cross stitch the area
first, then make a straight stitch from point A where you want the
ringlet to start to point B where you want it to end. Come up again at
A and loosely wrap the straight stitch several times (how many times
depends on how long it is,) going down at B to finish. The father has
short curly hair which is done by randomly placing french knots over
the cross stitched hair.

Cathy Artigues

 
 
 

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Post by Lynne Phelps-Smith & Cliff Smit » Wed, 27 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief, maybe
> like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
> Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
> S Blum

If it is SHORT curly hair, doing it all in French knots of a fatter
fiber might work.  I recently did a santa figure, 2 strands over 2 on 28
linen, but for his beard I did the whole thing in French knots of #5
perle cotton.  It came out looking wonderfully curly!  Also used it for
the lamb at his feet since I liked the texture so much.

Using the #5 allowed me to get a very nice fat French knot, or you could
just ply up on floss.  But the knots look much nicer if you make them
bigger by using fatter fiber, rather than trying to add more wraps.

Happy stitching, please post us about what finally worked and how you
did it, sounds like a wonderful idea!

Lynne

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Post by Jack Hohime » Thu, 28 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I have a pattern which uses a specialty floss for this effect. Although
> ;) it is for a witch and her hair is purple!!!! The floss looks like
> mohair yard - with fibers sticking out of it. Actually, in a more
> normal color, it might be nice to give a texture to the right angel's
> hair, maybe?

> Carol



> >I am wondering how to make curly hair on a cross-stitch in relief,
> maybe
> >like an embroidery stitch.  Does anyone know?
> >Replies would be GREATLY appreciated.
> >S Blum

How about doing the embroidery stitch called turkey work?  You can
leave the stitched looped to give a curly hair effect or you can cut the
loops to give a different effect.  I use this stitch on an even weave
fabric when I did a Christmas stocking called We Three Kings by
Cross My Heart.  I used this on two of the camels.  I just could not
bear the thought of doing all the backstitching the pattern required
for the camel hair. I think the end result was pretty good.  I also
used this stitch on an embroidery picture of a little girl for the
hair.

Rhea in KY.