Tuesday, April 17, 2007

queen stitch



Sue, stitcherw said she was "looking forward to seeing your queen stitches. Those are so lovely looking, however, they are the one stitch (in addition to french knots) that I can never seem to get to look right."

Sue, I've got a photo to share with you of some stitch samples I made up a couple years ago. I was practicing the queen stitches & was using strawberry motifs I found in sampler books. IMO - using ONE strand of silk or perle cotton creates a more even stitch than cotton floss. I like using silk. The coverage is very good!



There may be other bloggers with more tips. I practice them before adding them to a sampler.

BEFORE I FORGET TO ASK .... Does anybody have a good recipe for corn bread??? I am a terrible baker & would like to give up using mixes all the time. I tried a recipe this morning & ended up with a brick. See link here. My son, Nick & daughter, Tori seem to get the knack of baking. Why can't I??

18 comments:

Lauren said...

Ooooh, I love the strawberry! It looks so cool!

As for cornbread, I used this recipe for Thanksgiving http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/recipedetail.cfm?objectid=BE71578C%2D59C2%2D4986%2D808A169AEB723EC1
(Williams Sonoma's basic cornbread recipe, if the link doesn't work)

It's not a sweet bread, so it needs some butter, but it was nice and moist.

KarenV said...

I love Queen Stitches! They're one of my favourites - yours look beautiful, so neat :)

Toni said...

Oh, those are so nice. I have such trouble with them. In fact, I'm totally stuck on my current project because of the stinkers!

Barbara said...

When you get that perfect cornbread recipe, SHARE IT! I love cornbread, but mine comes out too dry...

Michelle said...

Beautiful strawberries - they look so pretty!

Kendra said...

You may not like my cornbread, but I'll go ahead and tell you how I make it.

I use white cornmeal, milk, and an egg. 1/2 cup (or so) milk, egg, then add cornmeal until it looks right...lumpy, pasty, drips from a spoon. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes in a cast iron pan or skillet or until crust is golden brown. Slather with butter while it's still hot.

This is REAL cornbread, so it will be dry and not sweet...no sugar in this recipe!

cathymk said...

Love your queen stitches! Beautiful!

Dawn said...

Your queen stitches are beautiful!

BeckySC said...

Oh, I wish you could come teach me! I am BAD at Queen Stitches. I know if someone could show me once, I would pick it up much easier than what I am trying to accomplish when I do them :) :) LOL!
Your stitching is just beautiful GF!! WOW!

Carol said...

Those are beautiful queens :-)

Jenna said...

You did a great job with the queen stitches. I find them tedious and annoying, myself, but your finished product looks really nice. :)

Von said...

Great queen stitches! I don't mind doing them, I think the biggest "problem" with them is that they seem to take so long to do. But what a lovely texture they give a design. :)

Crazee4books said...

I guess that the best way to learn new stitches is to just keep practising. But I have trouble with a simple (???) french knot. I've yet to work up my courage to tackle anything more complicated.
I love the look of your Queen stitches though. Sort of looks like they're crocheted.

stitcherw said...

Your Queen stitches look so pretty. I love them in the strawberries, they really give them great detail/texture. I've never tried them with a fiber like perle cotton where I could try doing them with just one strand, I'll bet that would help them to lay nicer. I'll have to remember that and try it next time.

Sorry can't help on the corn bread mix, I generally use a mix when do the minimal amount of cooking that I actually do.
Sue

Wendy said...

Great Queen stitches! I love these, although when I first started doing them, I felt like I was going cross-eyed! But when finished, they look so pretty.

Corn bread, I had a good recipe once....but it took about 1/2 lb of butter, tasted great, but obviously not very healthy....:-D

Vee said...

Your queen stitches are so nice...I have a hard time with them, I suppose I should practise more:-) There are charts that I avoid because I'm to lazy to work the queens.

Lizzy said...

Oh, I love your Stawberry Queens, Lelia! I haven't done any yet... but I know I have some designs that call for Queens... I'll try and remember to come back and look at yours when I try them!

As for cornbread... I don't really go by a recipe... just remember how my Grandmother made hers...

Cast Iron skillet... Melt about 3/4 to 1 stitck of butter in skillet in oven while you are mixing up your batter... about 350 - 400 depending on your oven...

Cornmeal... 2 to 3 cups
2 large eggs
Buttermilk... I usually just add mine until it's the right consistency...
two to three tablespoons of sugar... or more to taste... this helps the cornbread to brown as well...
a wee bit of baking soda
mix all together... will be a wee bit thicker than pancake batter...
pour about 1/2 to 3/4 of the butter into the batter and leave the rest in the skillet... bake until golden brown! :-)

Jennifer said...

Very nice! I'm just starting to branch out and learn some new stitches.

As for cornbread, I always use this recipe which is super easy and everybody always raves about it.

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