Jul 15, 2013

Lazy Daisy/Busy Bees

Hiya.  How's everyone?  Hot?  If you already know the Lazy Daisy stitch (which most of you do) and you're not interested in seeing the reckless stitcher's version,  you won't learn anything by reading further.
Lazy Daisy                                            Busy Bees                             
 I tried to follow the chart's uneven petals.  Some times it's harder to follow a reproduction than a more complicated new sampler.  Remember the completed sampler I bought?  This is it.  Very nicely stitched on linen for only $25 which I thought was reasonable!  It was the only one she had (myoldejunque on eCrater) but she had tons of magazines and older books for crochet, knitting, needlework.
On to the laziness.
I start with my usual loop knot and run it under the floss of a stitch on the back.
Come up through the fabric leaving a large loop of floss and insert the needle back down into the same hole but don't pull the floss through.
 Bring the needle up through the fabric again with the same motion, in the spot you want the petal to end, making sure the floss is under the needle, not on top.
Now pull the floss but not so tight that you don't have a loop.
Secure the loop by going down into the next hole in the fabric.
Lazy Daisy - right or wrong. Then do it again.
That's it!
Between the air compressor coming on every five minutes and scaring the heck out of me, the nail gun, the saws, the dust, and the heat, I'm not in the mood to do much of anything.
I'll stitch more this evening. 
 I just noticed that the above photo on the left showing part of the house looks like the stitches are crossed in different directions.  So I kept enlarging the photo to see if that was the case.   I have the stitched piece right next to me, why am I straining to check the photo?  Anyway, here's a close up and they are crossed the same, but some being stitched horizontally and others vertically must be the illusion in the other photo.
They're almost done with the floor now and he'll be back tomorrow for the doorway and electrical.  His son came with him today and he may be the guy to make the corner unit since Ed doesn't have time.  We'll see.
I also have to apologize for not reading and commenting on your blogs.  With everything going on, I try to keep my free time for stitching and avoid the computer.  Except for Pinterest which gets me in more trouble than usual.
Take care and stay safe.
Thanks for visiting!


Vickie said...

Great progress on the sampler and the floor. Keep cool. It is reaching 100º every day here in Wisconsin!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly,
I must confess to doing the dreaded loop knot also. I remember JoAnn Harvey telling me years ago how bad that was, but I do it anyway. Also stitch vertically, horizontally, turn the linen around, etc. It is supposed to be fun, right?

Barb said...

The lazy daisy stitches look good! Great progress on the sampler. It is such a pain to have work going on in your home but so worth it in the end.

Mary said...

I ove this piece Marly! Between the lazy daisies and the bright colors, it's been a fun one to watch.

Peggy Lee said...

Nice lazy daisies!
The air compressor would scare me too. Well, opening a can of Pillsbury rolls scares me.
Try to keep comfy with all the heat. We are having high temps and high humidity too. I can't believe I'm saying this but I am starting to prefer to be inside in the AC.

Margaret said...

I love your progress on Eliza! Soooooo pretty!!!!!! Yay on the floor! I hope you get that cabinet you want.

Ginny said...

Pinterest getting you in trouble? I can't imagine! LOL

Chris said...

Lovely progress! It sounds like your renovations are coming along. I hope that they will soon be a distant memory!

Faye said...

It's a hot one here today!!! Somy outside time will be limited.... I had to laugh when you were s checking your stitch directions.... I do that all the time! Why do we second guess? Great work my friend.....

butterfly said...

Love your work ,very beautiful

Carol said...

I'm amazed you can get any stitching done at all with all the work you're having done around your house, Marly! You must be one good multi-tasker :) Your sampler is looking great--love seeing the nice variety of stitches.

Hang in there with this heat wave--"only" three days to go!!

Maggee said...

Hi there! nail guns are so noisy--I would be nervous and jumpy! Like the lazy daisy stitching, and your sampler colors are so bright and cheery. Not the norm, but cute nonetheless... Hugs!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Beautiful work, as always !
I am sure you will be soooo glad when the work on your house is done and all becomes quiet again. ;)

Simply Victoria said...

Beautiful stitches!

Elisabetta said...

Waw, great tutorial thank you so much your stitch is wonderful!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Eliza is looking lovely Marly and thanks for the lazy daisy tips!

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