100 details for 100 days Day 100

Day 100

 

With this post being the last in the series I feel that some sort of finish line has been met and deserves a detail that is a little different. It feels like an end of an era!

 

This is a small sampler I worked on hand dyed 36 count linen fabric. It is 6 inches wide and heavily encrusted with beads. Metallic thread, linen, cotton, wool and silk thread of various weights was used throughout the piece.

 

Novelty threads were first couched into place. I then worked lines of feather stitch in a number of different threads. I also worked beaded feather stitch and tucked alternating barred chain in between couched threads.

Textured stitches include caston stitch , buttonhole wheel cups, buttonhole wheels, Oyster stitches, French knots and Bullion knots. For those who have problems with bullion stitches I have some tips for working bullion stitch here

There is a new blogger who has started working the details but the title of the blog is a mystery to me as it is in an Asian language I do not understand. The pictures are there though so do check them out.

Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has highlighted the self portrait she made in stumpwork.

Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations has been stitching and has published images

I nearly missed the cherry tree outline that Katie of Katie’s New place has loaded as part of her motif a day series.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has generously published a Christmas bell motif

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has published a design for a very ornate alphabet

Since this is the last post in the series I know that tomorrow I will feel a little lost as I scratch around wondering what to write about but it is timely to remind everyone about the “Take a Stitch Tuesdays” challenge next year. With a start date of January 2nd 2007 this challenge will be a weekly event organised to encourage people to take a stitch and explore its possibilities. Each week I am going to work a stitch and experiment with it, and blog the results. What does it look like worked in different threads? What happens when you change the size? How does it behave on a curve or can it be stacked to create patterns? What happens if you work it in a free form manner? What are the inherent design possibilities of this stitch? Anyone who wants to join in and blog their discoveries is welcome.

Exploration and interpretation of stitches and how they might be used is the aim of this challenge so you can stitch on anything you choose, anyway you choose. People have proposed a number of different formats but a sampler can be in any shape or size you like. A sampler can be in the form of crazy quilt blocks, a fabric postcard, a fabric book or samples for folder of stitches. Colour, format, how much exploration is done is up to each individual.

Commitment to this challenge is flexible. Anyone can join at any time. People can join in and stitch as their life dictates. Each week I will link to who has done what. In other words, as I have done in this series a list of links to current activity will be in the post of the week, which means readers can travel the sites to see what everyone has done. Hopefully it will be fun and if anyone wants to be reminded closer to the time drop me an email or leave a comment and I will add you to the mail out list.

I hope you have found this series interesting. It has been most enjoyable for me watching what people have done, seeing how ideas grow and most of all seeing new hands become hooked on stitching for pleasure.

If you are just swinging by, a search engine has landed you here, or you want to print out this series 100 details for 100 days they are listed under that category in this blog.


 

100 details for 100 days Day 99

Day 99

 

Things are just hopping this morning. It is not yet 7 in the morning and after yesterday’s announcement that I am coming to the States on a teaching tour I opened my email box to heaps of messages and enquiries which I am about to tackle. Thanks too for everyone who has left a comment here

Communication is going to be the key to organizing this and having all chat associated with it in one spot is best I think. On a purely selfish level it means I can answer the same question once. Allison Aller , Willa Fuller and Nora Creeach of CQMag Online are all helping out but there are some questions that are directed to me – so in order to be able to co-ordinate this please join the group and we can work from there.

With this being the second last day in this series I thought I would feature a detail that is a bit different. What you are looking at is a piece of lace which has had the negative area of the pattern picked out in French knots. The threads used are a superfine wool which is the dame thickness of a single strand of DMC cotton floss.

 

The spider web is the traditional symbol of good luck found on many crazy quilts. I stitched it in a metallic thread next to a cluster of flowers. Flower motifs have been made of buttonhole wheels , French knots and Bullion knots. For those who have problems with bullion stitches I have some tips for working bullion stitch here Leaves are detached chain stitches.

The email box may be full but the things are quite on the blog round up front Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has finally featured some stumpwork from her stumpwork sampler

Katie of Katie’s New place has published another motif.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has published another teacup motif which she has generously provided free. This one too has found its way into my patterns folder

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has published another in her series of alphabets that can be used in embroidery.

If you have found this series interesting you may be also interested in my online classes. Develop a Personal Library of Stitches and Encrusted Crazy Quilting both are currently being offered.

If you are just swinging by, a search engine has landed you here, or you want to print out this series 100 details for 100 days they are listed under that category in this blog.


 

100 details for 100 days Day 98

Day 98

After yesterdays hurried post this morning is written with a little more leisure. Today we have another cluster of buttons which has been stitched at the edge of a doily.

Two seams can be seen the first runs diagonally along the top of the photo is made of sheaf stitch. I don’t have directions to work this sheaf stitch online – it is on my to do list but you can find directions for sheaf stitch here.

Along the bottom of the detail is a row of Open cretan stitch worked in DMC pearl 5 thread. In the spaces created by the cretan stitch I worked two chain stitches topped with a tiny bead. Between them is a seed bead.

My morning read of the blogs revealed that Katie of Katie’s New place has started stitching some of the details!

Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has featured more stitch samples on her stumpwork sampler

Karen South of Karen South’s Crazy Quilting World has posted some details of her latest block

Debbie of Needle Lil More Time to Sew has featured some more details from her work.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has published a teacup motif which she has generously provided free. This motif is a particular favourite as I am ‘collecting’ tea cups for a project.

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has published another in her series of alphabets that can be used in embroidery.

If you have found this series interesting you may be also interested in my online classes. Develop a Personal Library of Stitches and Encrusted Crazy Quilting both are currently being offered.

If you are just swinging by, a search engine has landed you here, or you want to print out this series 100 details for 100 days they are listed under that category in this blog.


 

100 details for 100 days Day 97

Day 97

I am having severe problems with my internet connection this morning. This post has taken me two hours to prepare. As a result I have not been able to to do my usual morning whip around but lets hope the detail at least will publish.

Today the detail featured is another example of using rick rack in crazy quilting. It has been attached with zig zag chain using DMC pearl 5 thread. between the V’s of the braid I have stitched three straight stitches topped with seed beads.

If you have found this series interesting you may be also interested in my online classes. Develop a Personal Library of Stitches and Encrusted Crazy Quilting both are currently being offered.

If you are just swinging by, a search engine has landed you here, or you want to print out this series 100 details for 100 days they are listed under that category in this blog.