Work in progress Wednesdays

crazy quilt PocketI am waving this latest piece about in the air at the same time yelling at the top of my lungs, there is an eye candy warning ahead!

If you click on the image you will see a larger photo.

This is another of my pockets for my sewing roll, or hussif. Yes it is another step along the way to completing this project.

I thought readers would enjoy some close details.

These daisies are made of long cast on stitches. the feather stitch arms are topped off with bullion stitches. Both are worked in silk thread.

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The next detail on the pocket is trail of buttons and beads that spills over the seam.

 

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I used sequin flowers and bullion roses in this area of the pocket. crazy quilt Pocket detail  3

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 126 and 127

This week I have 2 stitches to share The first is Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole and the second is the beaded version.

Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole is a variation of up and down buttonhole buttonhole stitch which was week 28 of the TAST challenge. It is  easily worked on all types of fabrics and as you can see the beaded version is attractive too.

How to work Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Work this stitch from left to right and be familiar with the regular form of up and down buttonhole stitch.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 2Starting as you would with buttonhole stitch and with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
Alternating Up and down buttonhole 3For 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.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 4Wrap 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. This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. For regular up and down button hole you would work along the line at this point.

Note 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.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 5For Alternating Up and down buttonhole you work the next pair of stitches pointing in the other direction.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 6Once again make a regular buttonhole stitch but this time point your needle upwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
For 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 downwards as illustrated.

As you pull the needle through pull he needle away form you and hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping.

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This forms the second pair of stitches. Continue along the line with alternating the direction of each pair of stitches as illustrated.

How to work beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Beaded Alternating Up and down buttonhole is another variation. With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

Starting as you would with alternating buttonhole work the first pair of stitches as illustrated.

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Thread a bead on your working thread then work the next pair of stitches pointing downwards.

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Continue along the line adding beads between each pair of stitches as illustrated.

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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

Don’t want to miss our on any of the TAST stitches?
Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box. Follow the link to sign up. You do NOT have to be stitching along to take advantage of this service.
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Work in Progress Wednesday

Work in progress crazy quiltingI have made a little progress this week and started another section on my hussif. As you can see the embroidery is only started but it is a start!

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 # 125 Beaded Herringbone

Beaded herringbone is a variety of herringbone which makes a very attractive edge or border stitch and is an ideal to use in crazy quilting to decorate a seam.

With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

The samples below are worked in # 5 cotton perle thread.
Beaded Herringbone stitch step 1Start Beaded Herringbone as you would regular herringbone stitch and work from left to right between two lines. Bring the needle out on the bottom left-hand side of the line to be worked.

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 2Make a small stitch on the top line which points to the left, pull the thread through.

 

Add 4 0r 5 seed beads to your thread.

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 3

Insert the thread on the lower line a little to the right and make a small stitch which points to the left and pull the thread through.

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 4

Work a second crossbar by moving to the top of the line to make a small stitch which points to the left and pulling the thread through. Continue in the manner along the line

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 5

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

Don’t want to miss our on any of the TAST stitches?
Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box. Follow the link to sign up. You do NOT have to be stitching along to take advantage of this service.
Or follow me on Facebook and just click that like button and get updates there.