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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

1-2-3 Stitch....

What with all of the pre cooking I am doing for tomorrow, I only got six of the baskets stitched.

Anybody can do this. All of the stitching was done with either two or three strands of floss.

The piece of canvas that Tessie is holding shows the basic stitches. The simplest is the running stitch on the bottom. The first half (left side) is simply done by weaving the thread over and under the vertical rows. The second half was done by doing it twice. The second pass was done to fill in the in between stitches.

The second row is a diagonal stitch. Basically, this is the first half of a cross stitch. The second section shows the crosses that happen if you just go back the way that you came.

The third (top) row is diagonal stitches on every other X of the canvas. If you do this both ways, you wind up with a rickrack pattern or a simple line of hills and valleys.


The top row and the two end baskets on the second row are the ones that I did this morning. They definitely take up a lot less space than they did as components in the plastic bags.

I still have eight to go.

I thought that you would like to look at some of the finished ones in the basket shop.

If you enlarge the photo, you will be able to study the patterns. The only other stitch that I used is a back stitch for the edges of the two oval baskets on the bottom shelf. The white part is back stitch. Two threads forward and one thread back in front.

Now you know how easy it is. you can either do the stitching before you glue the canvas to the basket. I do it both ways...It just depends on the mood I am in when I start. There is another tutorial on these baskets elsewhere on the blog, under the heading "baskets". I think that it is about the first one, so you may have to go back a ways to get to it.

You can also use any stiff even weave fabric to do this. The bases are Woodsies. Have fun.

See you tomorrow.

11 comments:

Norma said...

This is a great way to add colour and texture to these baskets Casey, thanks for sharing.

Meapuntoatodo said...

Magnifica idea ! quedan muy alegres y bonitos. Gracias por compartir la idea. Mariajo

Claudia said...

I love your baskets, Casey!

xo
Claudia

jeanuhlik said...

I know this is a very INOPPORTUNE time to request this...but...it is just killing me to find out how you and Tessie met. I have followed your blog all the way back to January 18, 2009, then I cannot get the information between Dec. 31, 2008 and January 18, 2009. It is here somewhere that Tessie showed up. After the holiday, is there some way you can send me the link to those days??? I will not bother you for the others that I miss before the "see older posts" kicked in (I think that was sometime early in 2010. I have become addicted to your blog. I had my hubby bring down my half made dollhouse from storage. At some time next week I will start my own blog so that people (you and Tess) can see my progress. Thanks sooo much for your inspiration!!! Gotta go find my iada cloth and try to make some baskets...

Caseymini said...

Jean, I just went and looked. I couldn't get to that section either. I am not sure what is happening. I had the whole blog disappear a few months ago. After screaming and tearing my hair for a few hours and a lot of complaining, it reappeared. I hope that I don't have to go through that again! I will have to wait until Friday to take care of it. Tessie appeared first on January 10, 2009.

Lucille said...

Casey, Tessie might have appeared in January/09 but she's been around for centuries, right? At least, I think that's what you told us in the beginning. I could be wrong. I love the embroidery on your baskets! It adds a nice finishing touch. I wish you would tell us what you're making for tomorrow. Do you have a specialty? I've just been talking food over at Claudia's. Now I'm so hungry that I'll have to go make a toast and a cup of tea. Have yourself a very nice Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Merri said...

Thanks for all the basket tips, Casey! Lotsa cooking going on, huh? Yup, same here. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Casey and Tessie, and all the rest of the gang!

Drora's minimundo said...

Thank you Casey for this tutorial. I managed to find here little wooden discs and I am going to try making a basket this way now.
Hugs

miniacollection said...

Great!
Geneviève

Fabiola said...

Amazing! I like your baskets and the idea of how to make them.

Lataina said...

I love seeing them all grouped together! =D What is the very first one (on the left) on the top shelf made of? Did you make the last one (on the floor) the one with the lid? I heart your baskets so much! (I haven't said it enough...LOL)