Take a Stitch Tuesday 132 Kikos Flower

I am sure readers who are crazy quilters will love this stitch which was shown to me by a lady from Japan. Her English was not good but she called it flower stitch because worked in a ring it can form a flower. True to skills handed on in the oral tradition I call it Kiko’s flower stitch because I have not seen it documented elsewhere or know its name. If you know it by another name, leave a comment as  I would love to know.

You need to know buttonhole wheel stitch and how to make a bullion knot to work this stitch. You can work 4, 5 and 6 petals of the flower.
The illustration sample is worked in perle #5 cotton Kikos flower stitch 1

Start with a detached chain stitch.

Kikos flower stitch 2Keeping on a curve (as illustrated) insert the needle at the base of the chain stitch and bringing the point out on the outer edge wrap the thread under the needle to make a quarter of a buttonhole wheel stitches in a small fan shape.
??Kikos flower stitch 3On the outer edge insert the needle into stitches as illustrated.
Kikos flower stitch 4??Make a bullion knot to catch the stitches down.
??Kikos flower stitch5This unit is what Kiko called a stitch and she worked them in units of 4, 5 or 6.

Kikos flower stitch 6As you can see it makes a nice shape for a textured flower just ad some French knots or beads to the middle.
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Kikos flower stitch 7You can also create cascades with this stitch to create petals on a wisteria vine

I hope you enjoy this weeks stitch!

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 524 and 525

crazy quilt block 79

This detail on block 79 started off with a line of back stitch worked a little loosely so that I could thread a thicker thread through it. The thread is a type of knitting yarn that is a bit like a thicker chainette. I laced it in and out of the back stitch then secured it with some small bugle beads. It is a very quick and easy seam treatment for crazy quilting that a new hand to crazy quilting can easily work.

The buttons were added after the embroidery and are two modern buttons that went well with the block.

crazy quilt detail

The next detail is easily missed on the block as it is only an inch long. The seam decoration consists of a line of tied herringbone stitch that is topped with detached chain stitch. I added some small red beads along the seam to draw the eye a little. I did not want this seam to be to strong as it sits next to the buttons on the block and I did not want it to compete. So to keep it in control I stitched it in a thread that was similar in colour and tone to the fabric.

crazy quilt detailFree Crazy quilt block patterns

This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details  on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 522 and 523

crazy quilt block 79

One of the first things you notice when you look at  block 79 of the I dropped the Button Box Quilt is a tumble of vintage and modern buttons that fall across the block. They are placed over some vintage lace. The buttons easily draw the eye and if you not careful you will miss out on smaller details that act as little surprises.

The first little surprise detail is a row of straight stitches arranged in a fan and  topped with a plum coloured glass bead. They look a bit like flowers growing a row along the edge of the lace

crazy quilt detail

The next little surprise is the same type of treatment but running along the edge of another piece of vintage lace.

crazy quilt detail

Free Crazy quilt block patterns

This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details  on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Free book of Embroidery patterns

Screen shot of embroidery book I would like to share news about a free publication at the Antique Pattern Library

Anand’s Embroidery Book is a 36 page pattern book that is available as a free PDF download.

Screen shot of embroidery book Here are some sample pages so you can see what you are getting.
Screen shot of embroidery book Do you use the Antique Pattern Library regularly? This non-profit organisation announced in their newsletter that is has a shortfall this year of USD $4,000
They need donations to keep the site running. There is a Paypal, donate button at the top of every page. If you can afford to do so please consider supporting them.

A Tip to Note With the Antique Pattern Library if you get a message saying your PDF corrupted or asking for password make sure you have the most recent Adobe reader. Save the PDF to your computer and open the file from there.

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