sexta-feira, 15 de agosto de 2008

Let´s talk about tweeding...

So, tweeding is when you use one thread of two different colors in the same stitch. It's used to create various effects in stitching.
I recently was taking a closer look to a lovely Dimensions design, from the Golden Collection. It's a stunning piece I was planning to stitch for a very dear friend of mine. Its HUGE, but I think she deserves that. It'd take a long time to get done, but... oh well... it'd be a surprise, so there'd be no rush on that.
The thing is that the design asks for a LOT (really a LOOOOT) of tweeding. I personally I'm not a fond of tweeding AT ALL!!! It always looks funny when I stitch like that and I don't like it. I ask: do you tweed? Do you have any tip for a perfect tweeding? Is there any way you can substitute tweeding? Please, girl friends, talk to me! Any help is welcome!

Edited:
I just included the pic of the piece. It's Equine Trio #35091 Isn't it breathtaking?!





24 comentários:

Jennifer disse...

That thread blending seems to be popular in the big Dimensions kits. Have you thought about maybe substituting a varigated thread in similar shades in those areas?

Or maybe try Thread Heaven to get the strands to behave better?

Terry disse...

I wish I had some tips for you as I started a Thomas Kinkade kit a while back that has tweeding. It's not been a lot (so far) but it was a little bit of a hassle. I was tempted to cut lengths and just put them together so I only needed to grab and go. I think doing it that way will make them get tangled though so now I just go along and when I find it I tweed. Could you possibly do with one of the two colors or substitute a totally different color? I thought about that too but was unwilling to take the chance. Good Luck!!

Meari disse...

I did a lot of tweeding on the Stoney Creek soldier memorial piece I did. I used the railroading technique and it helped. From a distance, it gives the project more dimension, I think. Good luck with it.

Meari disse...

Oh... I also cut a few lengths of each color that's tweeded/blended and put them on a separate floss tag. It saved a little time.

Janaina disse...

Jennifer: I just edited the posting and now you can see the a pic of the piece. The area that requests for the tweeding tis the one at the right side of it, the last hours of the day sky, the autumnal leaves, and some small areas of the horses bodies.On the horses it helps to make the transition from a darker color to a lighter color. It kinda blends the sections.I think your suggestion of using the varigated floss could work in the leaves and sky sections, but I am not sure about the horses... What do you think? Thank you for the help!

Terry:thank you for your thoughts! =) I think putting the 2 colors together and park then for use is a good idea.I use the loop method to start stitching, so actually threading my needle with 2 pieces of of it is kinda worring me.I thought about using a completely different color, as you suggested, but maybe that´s not the ideal design for that...What do you think?

Meari: thank you for the input. =) But... er... what exactly is the "railroading technique" ?! That´s completely new to me!

too_busy_to_stitch disse...

Yes, I'm strange, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tweeding - look forward to it, dream about it,...well OK, I'm exaggerating just a little. But Heritage kits are full of it, and I just do it. don't think I've got any special techniques, just take one strand of each colour and stitch... Viv x

Kendra disse...

Came across your blog on the Stitching Bloggers group...

Anyway, Dimensions kits are "famous" for tweeding. I've done several of the larger pieces from them and have always had to blend colors. Personally, I don't mind it. It requires a little more work, but the end result is pretty.

I tend to just pull the individual colors and combine them as needed. It keeps my flosses neater, plus I just used things when I need to. I tried mixing the colors ahead of time and putting them onto floss tags/cards, but that got confusing after awhile, especially when there were several blended colors.

Hope this helps! The horses are gorgeous!

Ruth disse...

Yup, I sure do tweed. You're right. I always feel it looks weird, but I like the effect in the end.

Love the horses!

Carol disse...

Pretty picture! I don't get too thrilled over tweeding (or blended threads, or whatever one chooses to call it...) - does make the project slower, but I would think more rewarding in the end too...

♥ Nia disse...

Oi Janaina! :)
Confesso que desconhecia totalmente esta tecnica tweeding! Acabei de aprender agora ;)
Desculpa não puder ajudar mais mas o teu tópico foi muito bom! Adorei ler esta partilha de ideias, já aprendi mais um pouco =)
Bj-bj-bj

frances disse...

This is breathtaking and I have no idea how you do it!
I have no patience for a piece like this. I adore cross stitch but usually do much simpler ones. I would love to see this in life.
Thanks for the education on tweeding.

Frances

Anna van Schurman disse...

I don't mind tweeding--though the project that led to my blog name was full of it and I hated that project--I think in the end the effect is gorgeous. You can't worry about how the individual squares look sometimes.

tammie disse...

tweeding i remember it well yes the nightmares lo no its not that bad but time consuming goodluck thread heaven helps

Teejay disse...

Thanks for visiting. This one is a beautiful piece to stitch.

Ginnie disse...

Lovely project to stitch. I don't mind tweeding as the finished effect is good but it does seem to take more time.

Gill - That British Woman disse...

I personally don't like the thread blending kind of thing, I have a kit I am doing and have been putting it off because of the thread blending....can't please everyone right?

Anyhow, wanted to thank you for popping by my blog. The FOF programme will be ending at the end of August and its a local thing only.

Again thanks for popping by,

Gill in Canada

Gill - That British Woman disse...

My apologies, I should have explained better. FOF = Fresh or Free.

What happens, if I find an expired item on the grocery store shelf, I get a fresh one (same item) for free. As I said they are stopping it at the end of the month which is a shame.

Sorry about not explaining it properly.

Gill

Milly~ disse...

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. The chart you inquired about is by the Needl'l Love Company.

Olenka's Stitches disse...

Tweeding? What's the problem with it? Just think what is the difference to stitch with two strands of one solid color or two strands of different colors!
Just calm down! It is not that hard at all.
When I need to use tweeded colors and there are many of them in the pattern, I make a little lable, put down the symbol and numbers or names of the colors on it, and pin the lable somewhere on the frame or the fabric - that is the place where the tweeded colors will always be parked.
Use any laying tool ( a thick needle, a nail or even a finger) to put the tweeded thread flat - that is railroading.
You'd better not substitute tweeded colors in the kind of designs you are going to stitch - you will loose the effect the artist wanted to create in the picture.
But! there is a poor substitution of tweeding. Make first half crosses in one of the tweeded colors and the second half in the other color. It is simple as that! But first try tweeding.
Happy stitching!

Joke disse...

Look here Janaina ;)
http://gaoxing1957.multiply.com/photos/album/24/Finished_Works

I finished it about a year ago. It was the toughest job I ever did :) Not due to the thread or the blending. It was the colored chart that made me crazy ;)

jacq disse...

I love iT! it looks realy great!

Terry disse...

Congrats on the stitching bloggers give away win! Don't forget to take progress pictures whenever you start it!

Janaina disse...

Thank you, Terry!!!! I can hardly believe I won!!!!! =)
Oh, you bet I will make a big thing when it arrives here and will share every little stitch with you guys! =)

Jo disse...

I love tweeding - makes the finished product so much better looking