Work in Progress Wednesdays

With the start of the Studio Journal class being today I have been very busy.

I do have a little bit to report as I have started on the next pocket for my hussif but as you can see it is barely a start with one seam embroidered but not yet beaded and a few bullion roses started for a motif. As you can see I dont mark out the motifs. I used to but now I just eye ball them and plan as I go.

Crazy quilted Hussif in progress

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

Leave a comment and let us know.
As a side note for those interested in the mini challenge:

The idea is that people design their own sewing caddy or hussif in any style of quilting or embroidery. The is no deadline.  I presented some informal guidelines here.
One of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams


Take a Stitch Tuesday 122 Chained bar 123 Woven Chained bar

I have two stitches for you this week and both of them are composite stitches. Chained bar forms a solid line that is ideal for borders and Woven chain bar is an interesting variation. You can use both stitches to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids.
 How to work Chained bar
Create the foundation of this stitch by first laying down some long straight stitches. Between two to six straight stitches in DMC pearl 3 thread works well, but if you want to go for a different primitive look you can use string like yarns or even fine knitting wool. Highly textured threads can be used as the bar. If they are very hairy the chain will create interesting indentations on the line.

Chained bar 1You are going to work a zig zag chain stitch across the bar. You might like to refresh your memory on how to work zig zag chain.

This is a stitch where contrasting threads work well. For instance a metallic thread over a bar of silk is stunning.

Chained bar 2Work from left to right. Bring the needle from the back of the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle back into where it first came out. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out on a diagonal angle, below the straight stitches. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

Chained bar step 3In the second stitch turn the angle of the chain stitch to take the chain over the bar. Continue along the bar until the straight stitches are couched down by the zig zag chain stitches.

If your stitches do not lie flat as you enter the fabric with each loop pierce the end of the previous loop.

How to work Woven Chained bar

Woven chained bar starts with a foundation of Chained bar stitch and you weave the chain stitches as you would Woven Zigzag chain stitch which was challenge stitch # 75. If you need to remember how Woven Zigzag Chain is worked here is a reminder.

Woven chain bar 1Work a foundation of Chained bar stitch. For the sample I have worked a sample over 5 straight stitches of a hand dyed chainette thread. The second part of the sample is worked in cotton perle #5.

To weave the chain stitches

Bring your needle out at the base of the first chain stitch. Pass it under the bottom bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop.
Pull your needle through.

Woven chain bar  2Turn your needle pass the needle under the bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your thread through. Continue weaving from side to side and pack the stitches as you go. As you weave make sure your needle always points towards the centre of the chain stitch.

Work this way until you reach the end of the line.
If you work your woven stitches slightly tighter at the start and end of each chain the shape will become leaf like.

Woven chain bar 3During the weaving stage you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.

How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment.

You can leave a comment about any TAST stitch

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Crazy Quilt seam detail 503 + 504

Crazy quilt Block 76

This series Crazy Quilt details  highlight the hand embroidered seams and embellishments on the blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block and information about the fabrics I used when I made up the block click on the block thumbnail.

This hand embroidered detail is a seam on block 76. The seam detail is tucked int he corner of the block and made up of detached chain stitches that are worked using perle #5 thread. They are worked both sides of a ribbon that covers the seam.  I then threaded a novelty thread under them weaving the thread from one side to the other. It is a light knitting yarn that attracted my eye.

Crazy Quilt seam detail

Below the seam are two curves that I worked in stem stitch using a hand dyed cotton thread. I used the same thread for the detached chain stitches before adding the seed beads.

Crazy Quilt seam detailFree Crazy quilt block patterns
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Crazy Quilt seam detail 502

Crazy quilt Block 76

This series Crazy Quilt details  highlight the hand embroidered seams and embellishments on the blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block and information about the fabrics I used when I made up the block click on the block thumbnail.

This hand embroidered seam on block 76 uses a stitch that is one of the favourites of many crazy quilters. It is feather stitch that is further embellished with seed beads and bugle beads.

Crazy Quilt seam detail

Free Crazy quilt block patterns
Each block on this quilt has a free pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
If you don’t want to miss out on the free crazy quilt block patterns issued as part of this series, just follow the link and Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box
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