Work in Progress Wednesday

I don’t have any stitching news or progress to share, as over the weekend I went to the Problogger Event in Queensland. I know many of my readers are not really interested about in and outs of blogging but it was a wonderful stimulating few days. I came back with lots of ideas and have started to work on them behind the scenes. I think readers will benefit from the changes.

The first thing off the ranks will be a revamped newsletter which I aim to write every 2 weeks and I am going to regularly offer freebies to my newsletter readers. I will include stitching and crazy quilting chatter, tips, news and exclusive freebies not offered on the blog. If you are interested Subscribe to my newsletter of stitching goodies!

I figure a blog is always a work in progress but next week I promise to share more of my current crazy quilt project. In the meanwhile I am opening up this post for those who use the weekly progress challenge.

Work in Progress Wednesdays (WIP Wednesdays)  is not exactly a challenge as it is more like a support group! The aim is to encourage people to complete  languishing projects or WISPs (Works in Slow Progress) or completing UFOs (unfinished objects) or those in the process of de-stashing.

The idea is, that if you regularly report publicly on a project you are more likely to pick it up and work it a little. Even if it means the project is out and ‘looking at you’ for most stitchers it means they will pick it up.

If you have something you want to share please do! Leave a comment below with  link so we can visit and see what you have done. Remember to include the http bit of your web address  as then it will become a link that folks can click on to visit your place online.


Take a stitch Tuesday 128 Interlaced Up and down buttonhole

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 11I really hope people like Up and down buttonhole as I have a very interesting variety this week that consist of two rows worked interlaced as you work them back to back. It forms really attractive band that is ideal to use on a border, a seam decoration on a crazy quilt or if you work it row upon row it makes a very nice fill too. You can also add beads for extra zest.

How to work Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

You need to be familiar with Up and Down buttonhole stitch to work this. You first work a row of up and down buttonhole stitch then the interlacing is done on the second row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 1Starting as you would with buttonhole work the first stitch of the pair as a regular buttonhole stitch with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 2For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing upwards as illustrated.

Wrap the working thread under the needle and pull the needle through the foundation fabric. As you pull the needle through pull the needle towards you instead of away from you. As you do this hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping.The loop forms as you stitch.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 3Note I have noticed online that some instructions create a loop then lace the working thread through the stitch. This is wrong the loop is created as you stitch and once you have the rhythm of the stitch it is easy and quick to do.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 4This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. This forms the first pair of tied stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 5Work along the line.

Turn your work.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 6To commence the second row bring your needle from the back so that the thread emerges just above the line of the first row.

Thread the needle under the first bar on the first row, that you have just created. At this stage you are going under the thread but not through the fabric.
Pull the needle through.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 7Work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 8Thread your needle under the next bar and work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 9Continue along the line threading your working thread under each that is between each pair of stitches on the bottom row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 10I have worked the two rows in different colours so readers can see how the two rows are laced together. As you can see you could incorporate beading wit this stitch very easily.

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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Work in Progress Wednesday

Here I am, sitting  in my twirly chair waving to all four corners of the globe with my own mini challenge work in progress report. This week I started working on the large outer wrap of the  sewing caddy hussif. It is enjoyable to settle to larger piece after working the the fiddly pockets. I have started to embroider a few sections but as yet have not added beads to them.

To be honest I managed only a small bit of stitching this week as I am working on writing a book and my head has been La-La book land and its turned my brain to mush. Now I know talking about LA-LA book mush brain is probably not a good thing write about when describing writing a book but that is the truth of it.

Work in progress

Anyway here I am sharing my stitching progress as promised and I hope folks find watching the process interesting. The branch of  flowers is created by using a perle #5 cotton in up and down feather buttonhole which was a Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST)  challenge stitch.  Follow the link if you want to know how to work it.

The roses are created in hand dyed variegated perle # 5 cotton using another TAST stitch called Raised Cross stitch flower. These are quick effective and easy to do.

The next little motif is a spray. I marked out the stems using my Crazy Quilting Templates and then stitched the lines in stem stitch. The silk ribbon flowers and leafs are both created in leaf stitch.

They need to have beads added yet. I always work most of my embroidery first then add the beads later otherwise I have the constant frustration of catching my working thread on beads and buttons! It means things always look half done until the end when there is a flourish of beading and its done!

Work 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 Catchup week!

Last week I posted instructions for 2 stitches so this week is time to work them and catch up if you need the time. People drop away when there is too many stitches and they feel they can’t keep up so as promised this week is time to catch up. I don’t want TAST to become a  to do list but rather I hope my readers can use it as than a space for experimentation and creative skill development.

I am opening up this page so that if you have worked a sample from  ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page  tell us about it via the comments.
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.
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