Day 4 of 100 details for 100 days

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Day four is an embellishment which consists of two rows of herringbone worked in rayon ribbon back to back. The next thing I did was to lace both rows with a thick thread, which left a neat centre between the rows for a bead. This is couching a half inch wide ribbon in place but can be used as a seam embellishment too.

Margaret of Digital Gran has decided to join in and worked the seam embellishment posted on Day 1 in the series.

Sophie of Sophie Junction asked if a Flickr group could be started for anyone who wanted to join in. I think the Crazyquilting Group could be used for this. It fits the topic, and does not fracture the interest area into smaller, seperate, different groups of people. I figure if everyone is one place conversations can develop naturally and people can bounce ideas off each other. If all related crazy quilting activities are kept to one group then people only have one thing to check. Also for newbies to flickr, they don’t get so confused. What do others think? If people want a separate group I will set one up but the current one could work fine. So I would like some feedback on that please let me know as I will follow what people want.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has been charting designs suitable for seam embellishments or even simple band samplers. These have been posted daily too.

Barbara Cheeseman left a comment asking if they are going to be listed somewhere. It was a good question as I am inclined to assume that people understand categories, permalinks and the like in blogs. I forget that people are still learning to navigate them and bookmark parts of them which is thoughtless on my part.

The series is archived in a category under 100 details in 100 days. Under the title of every post, each day you will see what categories are associated with the piece. Click on any of these and you are taken to that category of the blog. Categories also are listed on the index page in the side bar. They are handy things because it means you browse the posts of just one subject area and not necessarily all the twaddle I write in between. It also means you can bookmark or print out stuff just from one category.

Permalinks on the other hand are the link to a single post and its comments. The permalink for this post is found by clicking on the title. Click there and you will notice the URL in your address bar changes because you have gone to a separate page. Permalinks are handy because it means you can bookmark a page inside a blog and it does not get lost in the archives. It also means I can link to a particular post inside a blog. So if someone writes a good tutorial I can link to their main index page, in other words their blog or, I can link to the tutorial inside the blog.

For instance I can say, as I did yesterday that “Robin Atkins of Beadlust has run a tutorial in two parts on How to Make Beaded Buttons. The follow up to this article is here.”

Notice there are 3 different links in the sentence. The first is to Beadlust itself and the next two links are to the parts of the tutorial.

Different software programs have slightly different systems. With WordPress which is the software I use, the title is the link to the permalink. With Blogger it is the time stamp, in the case of squarespace the title is the permalink, with Typepad blogs it actually says permalink at the base of the post. In many ways things like permalinks, categories, tags, the ability to leave comments and RSS feeds are the elements of a blog that make this particular publishing format such a powerful tool for ordinary people.

If people are wondering what an RSS feed is I am not going into this morning as I covered it in this post on managing your blog reading. Tags act like keywords. I will explain them on another day.

Well after sidelining myself beautifully that’s enough of my morning chatter in future I will try and remember to include the link to the category at the end of each post and I will see what plugins are available to automatically generate a ‘related article’ section or something of the sort. Thinks to self – now I have to categorize this post under blogging as well as 100 details in 100 days. It also fits in the crazy quilting category as well as the Embroidery and needlework section because I have mentioned particular stitches. I love categories!

See where good questions lead? Right off topic!


Day 3 of 100 details for 100 days

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Day three brings you another 2 seam treatments. The first consists of a row of 3 detached chain stitches worked DMC pearl 8. Tucked between each of those is a small straight stitch. This edges a piece of lace that has been embellished with beads.

The second row is also edging a piece of lace. The embellishment consists of a line of whipped buttonhole . Hanging off this is a row of flowers which are made of French knots worked in a soft cotton hand dyed thread the weight of DMC pearl 8. The stem is straight stitch and the leaves are detached chain.You can see how I had to jiggle a bit to fit them in.

I am trying to find simple seam treatments at the moment as it allows people room to adapt and reinterpret as they feel. It is just great to see these little details being used as jumping off place for other interpretations. Susan Eliot of Plays with needles has joined in. Take a look at the wonderful interpretation as it’s prompted me to try her version and adapt that!

Allison Aller has also interpreted yesterdays detail weaving a small ribbon over the rick rack. I am going to try that one too.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs is charting out some seam treatments for use with waste canvas on crazy quilts. So far Pam has posted a Satin Stitch Maple Leaf Seam Treatment and two other Charted Crazy Quilt Seam Treatments . Do check them out as this series will be a tremendous resource for everyone.

On a slightly different note but related, I have just recently joined a few yahoo discussion lists which are both active with an interest in stitching driving the conversation. The First is Hand Embroidery which members are making samplers of the stitches used in crazy quilting. Group members are posting their samples and the variations of stitches they discover in the members photos area.

The second list I want to point to is the Stitching Post which also has a stitch along running. Members are taking a basic stitch exploring it, and sharing the results. Both lists are active and are proving highly enjoyable.

Another list I have recently joined is Red Work Stitchers which is devoted to – you guessed it redwork embroidery. I don’t actually do redwork but many of the designs are suitable motifs for use in crazy quilting. This is another active group and it feels fun.

Robin Atkins of Beadlust has run a tutorial in two parts on How to Make Beaded Buttons . The follow up to this article is here. These look absolutely delicious.


Day 2 of 100 details for 100 days

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To my delight and surprise, yesterdays announcement about this series created quite a reaction. I had thought that people would read them and enjoy them but had no idea it would provoke a stitch-a-long.

Allison Aller started the ball rolling by jumping in and within hours had her interpretation online

Candida in São Paulo, Brazil has also worked the seam treatment and put an image up on her flickr site. While you are there, check out this wonderful block she did as part of the joggles class I presented early in the year.

As a slightly different challenge Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has started to post 100 details for 100 days too. So there will be more daily eye candy. I hope this idea spreads too as it will make everyones morning coffee or evening surf most enjoyable.

If people are joining in, even if its only occasionally drop me an email or leave a comment I will link to you so people can surf the different interpretations.

I was asked via email if these articles will stay online – yes they will. Book mark the category and you will always find it The category is here. As I said yesterday feel free to print them out and use them.

Now for todays seam treatment which is actually two as I could not crop it to show just one. I have chosen something simple so it is suitable for everyone. As you can see it is a seam treatment of 3 detached chain stitches simply attached to rick rack on each hump. the thead used is actually hand dyed crochet cotton which is the same thickness as Pearl 5 thread.

The other is a line of quarter buttonhole wheels worked in DMC Pearl 5 thread and a samll bead has been added to each centre. The back ground fabric was some cutwork which I stitched in as I made the block and beaded.

While I am at it, I have been neglectful as I have been meaning to highlight Lillian’s blog Crazyseoulsister Lillian lives in Korea and does some lovely crazy quilting work so while you are in the mood do check her out.


Day 1 of 100 details for 100 days

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I have decided to start a new series of posts which will run for a 100 days. Each day I plan to post a detail of some stitch, seam treatment or embellishment and talk a little about it. I am calling the series 100 details for 100 days. I will draw on work I am doing or projects I have completed, some of which are not on my site. Looking through the photos I have on my hard drive of both samplers and crazy quilting I realise that some areas are simple to work and other details need quite a high skill level so people of all skill levels should enjoy them.

The idea popped into my head while doing the dishes. (I don’t know why I have my best thinking time doing mundane tasks but I do) Why have I decided to post a detail a day on top of my normal posts? I have left full time 9- 5 work and I wanted to jazz up this blog a little. I have been feeling a little stale particularly since the comments are still not quite working. At the moment they appear in the side bar but not below the post! So following my own philosophy that the more energy you put into something the more you get out of it I decided I would jump in on this. People like eye candy for inspiration so I thought I would share some in a series. By the end of the series people will have a digital sampler of stitches and ideas which will reside in its own category and if they choos people can print them out and keep them in a file or their visual journal.

So first detail is a very simple seam treatment based on an arrangement of straight stitch with bugel beads, small pearls and heart shaped beads added. The stitching is worked in no 5 and no 8 pearl. The row of pale blue cross stitches is worked in a cotton thread similar to no 8 pearl. As a thread it does not have quite the same sheen but has the same weight and I like contrasting thread weight and sheen on seam treatments.

The detail comes from the photo board frame I made Eve.

For those people who swing by for a morning link don’t fear I will still be posting those too. This series is just an added bonus!