Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November TUSAL and WIP

Hello my stitching friends!

Today I am joining in with Daffycat's TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long).

If  TUSALs and ORTS are a mystery to you pop over to Daffycat for all the gen - but don't forget to come back and visit here too!!!

I'm a little late as we are supposed to link up to coincide with the New Moon .... which was 18th November, but I am excited to tell you of my latest project and the use I found for some of those ORTS, so I hope Daffycat won't mind too much!

Most of these ORTS are from the butterfly cross stitch I've been stitching this summer, which unfortunately I can't show at the moment as all the photos are on my phone  ..... ooops! I will eventually work out how to download, or upload them, whichever the correct term is!!

Anyway, down to my TUSAL post!

The little pile of cottons on my cutting board are what we call ORTS.
I've been popping all my little ends of cotton into my Mini Thread Catcher (on the left).
The jar on the right is my collection from the last year .... the pretty cottons in the folded paper are for the sampler I'll tell you about in a minute.

Someone once asked me what I was going to do with my ORTS, and I have to confess ..... I didn't have a clue at that time ...... but they have actually come in handy for my latest project.

By way of background .....
 I've been following Queeniepatch (of Queenie's Needlework) with her wonderful "Sunday Stitch School" over the last year and have been meaning to use some of the unusual and pretty stitches she has shared.
I would strongly recommend that you visit Queenie HERE to read more about her "Sunday Stitch School" and her quest to learn some lesser known stitches.

Only last week I discovered some fabric I'd cut ready to make a small bag to keep vegetables tidy  in the fridge .....
in a light bulb moment I decided to use that fabric to make a stitching sampler for easy embroidery stitches ..... which would eventually become a stitching project holdall ....
but then I remembered I had been meaning to find a project to practice some of Queenie's pretty stitches, and decided this piece of Osnaburg,
 backed with cotton wadding, would be just the right size for what I have in mind!

The Flashing Scissors - TUSAL / Embroidery Sampler

I expect some of you will remember my saying that my ORTS are normally miniscule ..... 
but recently they've been getting longer, 
and I was able to use these longer threads as guidelines to keep my stitching evenly spaced.

The Flashing Scissors - Tusal / New to me project / Sampler

In the picture above you can also see another project I'm working on ..... 
the name badge I've wanted for sooooo long. 
This was another idea prompted by Queeniepatch: reverse applique or MOLA, and you will see what I mean if you take a little peek HERE.

I've made a small start on my stitch sampler with the following two stitches:

The Flashing Scissors - Rambling Rose Stitch
Lesson 42 - Rambling Rose

The Flashing Scissors - Moss Stitch
Lesson 43 Moss Stitch 

Oh, and lastly, this is where I've got up to with my MOLA or Reverse Applique, 
which could actually be classed as a "new to me" project!

The Flashing Scissors - Name badge/New to me project

Now don't forget to pop over to Daffycat's blog where you can find out who else is linking up with their TUSALs this month.

Thank you for visiting today.

Keep well and safe, and carry on stitching my friends!

Barbara xxx


Magpie's Mumblings said...

I did the TUSAL challenge a few years ago but have fallen off the wagon on that one, mainly because I could never come up with a use for all the orts. Somehow throwing them away as I create them seems less painful than throwing out a whole container full.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara,lovely work my friend,well done,i can see you will have lots of fun xx

Queeniepatch said...

You have made good use of your ORTS and this 'reference chart' where you can add unusual stitches is the perfect place to park some of the longer strands of left-over thread, try out stitches and in the end have a great hold-all.
Your stitching is so neat, just look at the Rambling Roses and the even Buttonhole stitches on the name badge.
Keep up the good work, Barbara.

Pamela said...

Nice job on the nametag!

Lin said...

Nic e stitching Barbara - TUSAL sounds like fun! xx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great use of ORTs. Mine are nearly all less than 1cm so no use for anything other than as stuffing for an ornie.
Love the reverse applique too, what a nice twist on the idea.

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

I love your Rambling Rose.Your name badge is going to be decorative.

Brigitte said...

There were some bloggers who were also doing all these embroidery stitches like Queeniepatch. They all looked so great.
I have already seen quilts made with the Mola technique. Gorgeous!

Sheryl said...

Pretty stitches Barbara, that rambling rose is gorgeous.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Beautiful stitching :)

Astrids dragon said...

I love your name badge, so original!