100 details for 100 days Day 92

Day 92

I want to thank everyone for leaving comments to say how much they are enjoying the series. I appreciate the feedback as I know it takes effort to write something. If you do leave a comment it won’t appear immediately as I moderate all comments to avoid spam.

Today, I am featuring another detail on a crazy quilt block which contains a number of seam embellishments in the one area. The first seam runs diagonally across the image on the left is created with two rows of Chevron stitch worked back to back in DMC pearl 5 thread.

The seam is then further embellished with groups of two detached chain stitches worked side by side tucked into the V of the chevron. A bugle bead and a seed bead is stitched between them.

Towards the middle of the detail is Open cretan stitch worked in a silk thread which is the same weight as DMC pearl 5. Using the same thread I tucked detached chain stitches in between the arms of the cretan stitch and added a little black seed bead at the base.

The top diagonal seam embellishment starts with buttonhole stitch. On one side I added three straight stitches with a seed bead stitched at the base. From the top I hung a Japanese Ribbon stitch. I don’t have directions to work this stitch online. It is on my to do list but you can find directions for Ribbon Stitch here.

The final thin row is made up of Palestrina Stitch above some lace which has been embellished with detached chain stitches and beads.

This morning Allison Aller observes that spacing is important when working double rows of stitches.

Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has featured examples of more stitches she used on her stumpwork sampler.

Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations has focused on how she stitched the letter D on a crazy quilt block.

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has featured another ornamental alphabet which can be used in embroidery.

Debbie of Needle Lil More Time to Sew has featured a tree motif she has stitched on a crazy quilt block

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has published another of free designs and conquered cast on stitch on her latest block.

Katie of Katie’s New place has published a copyright free goldfish stencil.



100 details for 100 days Day 91

Day 91

Todays detail features an embellishment that runs along the side a piece of lace. It is quite simple as it consists of two rows of tied Herringbone stitch worked in a hand dyed cotton thread the same weight as DMC pearl 8. In the middle of the pattern formed the embellishment is further enhanced with a series of beads down the middle.

The hand dyed lace itself was embroidered with a scattering of detached chain stitches picking out the pattern found in the lace. A seed bead is added to the floral motif in the lace to finish it off.

We are really on the count down to the end of this series now. I am still delighted that people have not tired of the series yet and are still stitching. When it started I had no idea people would stitch along or that they would carry on stitching or in some cases generously providing free patterns to the end! I am equally delighted to be planing the next challenge I announced yesterday.

Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has started to feature the stitches used on her stumpwork sampler.

Allison Aller has worked her interpretations of all four seam treatments that I featured yesterday.

Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations is featuring details of her latest crazy quilt block.

Debbie of Needle Lil More Time to Sew has featured a butterfly motif worked above a seam treatment.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has generously published another free design for a vine

Rissa has featured another decorative font that is suitable for embroidery


100 details for 100 days Day 90

Day 90


With 10 days to go on this series I thought today I would feature a detail in which you can see four seam embellishments, the first being of Palestrina Stitch worked across the seam instead of on the diagonal and as I worked I extended the arms. The seam is worked in a silk thread the same weight as DMC pearl 5. I then tucked a detached chain stitch between each arm.

Below that is a line of Threaded Running stitch which was threaded with knitting ribbon and three straight stitches were stitched either side of the row.

Below that seam is braid which has been embellished down both sides with a row of Fly Stitches tied with three straight stitches. These were worked in DMC pearl 8. The braid also had a row of tiny sequins stitched to it.


At the top of the photo is a row of Herringbone worked in DMC pearl 8. In the V of the herringbone I added two seed beads and a bugle bead.

This morning I discovered that Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has started to feature details from her stumpwork sampler.

Allison Aller has worked her version of the detail I posted yesterday.

Hideko Ishida has featured some delightful details of fan designs on her flickr site

Debbie of Needle Lil More Time to Sew has featured a filler motif.

Katie of Katie’s New place has featured some more copyright free motifs

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has published a pattern for a delightful vine which can be embroidered on to a crazy quilt block.

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has featured a very ornate free alphabet design.

As this series starts to wind up, after reading everyones input to the idea of doing something else I am going to propose a new challenge for next year starting the first week in January. With only 10 days left in this series I am gong to start spreading the word now because 2007 will be on us in no time

“Take a Stitch Tuesdays” will be a weekly challenge. This challenge encourages people to take a stitch and push it in various ways. 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? Each week I am going to work a stitch and experiment with it. Anyone who wants to join in can do the same interpreting the stitch as they choose.

Exploration and interpretation of stitches and how they might be used is the aim of this challenge so format is not an issue. People can stitch on anything they choose, anyway they choose. A sampler can be in any format it can be square, long and thin, in any size or in any shape even a heart. 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.

Designers feel free to join too as to me the word exploration infers the design process as well and seeing this stimulates peoples interest.

Commitment is flexible. The challenge is weekly and anyone can join at any time. People can join in and stitch as their life dictates so there are no hard and fast rules as to what gets done when. It is a join and share what you can as you are able.


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.

With a start date of January 2nd 2007 and since yesterday I received an email from someone who just discovered this series, I am aware that many readers only swing by occasionally. If anyone wants to go on an email reminder list drop me a line my email is sharon.boggon@gmail.com. I will post out a reminder about the challenge closer to the time. Obviously I respect your privacy and hate spammers as much as you do. No doubt I will be chattering about it in this blog too, more for those readers who are occasional drop ins and hopefully the regulars will tolerate this and understand that in order to make this challenge fun it is in everyones interest to make sure people know about it. It is a case of the more the merrier. With plenty of time to get the word out hopefully it will be a a successful challenge and a fun year. Any questions leave a comment.

A big thanks goes out to all those who took the time to comment and express their ideas about this challenge without such input it would not have taken on the shape it has.


100 details for 100 days Day 89

Linda suggested that I rate my posts one two or three cuppas. I am not sure of the rating but maybe it is a two cuppa morning

That aside Linda left a comment that provoked my thoughts. She said she was more interested in seeing things that are “in progess”, rather than a tendency to publish “finished” items. Linda pointed out that showing how a project develops is of interest. In other words blogging the process was more interesting that the finished piece.

This was one of those hit yourself in the head Sharon moments as I realized that my mind set has been shaped by art school training. In an art school students are taught and assessed against the idea of a resolved piece. For instance for my Masters written into the examination guidelines was that an exhibition of a ‘resolved body of work’ was necessary. The idea of revealing the process i.e. work in a unresolved state is something that you simply don’t go public with. This is not something necessarily said, just something that after teaching in an art school for years simply permeates to the bone.

I have often felt uneasy about featuring work in progress and not really been able to pin point why. Linda’s comment gave me the ability to finally articulate something of the reason which I am thankful for. Blogs are like working in a workshop along side fellow practitioners where everyone sees what is happening as it is happening. I think it is one of the reasons they are so interesting to other practitoneers. The practice of going public with a yet unresolved piece is worth pondering on further because is shakes one of those institutional practices that shape our culture. I am going to ponder a little further on this. Who else has felt the tension in professional practice between revealing the process and the completed item?

There have been oodles of great suggestions for the title of the challenge. Thanks to everyone who put their mind to it and took the time to propose something. Di suggested Take a Stitch which was another ‘why did you not think of that Sharon’ moment. I immediately liked the title because I use the expression ‘Take a stitch and push it’ when I teach. I constantly say ‘take it and push… see where it goes.’ So I sort of did a mini mind jump when I read it. As Allison said ” …I think it is perfect, like “Take a Step..” a venture into exploration. And “Take it”, as in, “It is YOURS if you go after it”.

I like having a description of the activity and like having a day of the week in the title so I am going to propose the name of the challenge be “Take a Stitch Tuesdays”

On another note thanks to Kathy’s question about keeping stitches even in crazy quilting I was reminded that last year in response to similar questions I ran a series of posts that covered many of the main steps in developing a crazy quilt block. For those who are new to crazy quilting and stitching I think you might find them helpful. In order they are:

Sourcing Crazy quilting materials

Introductory tips and piecing with a follow up written in response to questions, onthe design process.

Transfer your designs to fabric (this is the piece that answers your question Kathy.

Seam Embellishments.

Silkribbon Treatments

Brazilian embroidery

Raised embroidery and Stumpwork in Crazy Quilting.

Embellishing crazy quilt blocks

Earlier this year I put together this list of resources on crazy quilting which I think many beginners will find useful.

Indirectly related but of interest to tatters is the 25 motif challenge . This challenge encourages tatters to produce a motif and is run by another Sharon in Canada. Thanks for leaving a comment Sharon that lead me to you.

Now to my morning detail and weekly round up of who has been doing what.

Todays crazy quilt block detail looks slightly different from my normal seam embellishments because it starts with a series of curves worked in chain stitch. This is a hand dyed silk thread that is the same weight as DMC pearl 5.

Between the curves I worked three straight stitches in a rayon ribbon floss and topped these with a yellow seed bead. At the base I stitched a larger bead and hanging from these is a detached chain tied with a long tail in the same rayon ribbon floss that the straight stiches are worked in.

Allison Aller has been working on her block all week.

Susan of Crazy Quilting for fun has been making hearts and featured some of her embroidered details

Connie of The Scoop, Score and Deal has worked a number of seams this week

Murial has been stitching up a storm too.

Marty of Textiles in Time has worked some more details

Lin of Purple Fan has worked some more seams and details on her latest project.

Barbara Cheeseman of Embroidery overlaps combined some of her stitch samples into a fabric book.

Renmedema has used prairie points on a heart she has made.

Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations featured some of the details on her latest block.

Hideko Ishida published images of some delicate butterflies in her flickr account.

Annie Whitsed has featured details from one of her miniature quilts

Debbie of Needle Lil More Time to Sew featured some more seam embellishments from Carole Samples Treasury of Crazyquilt Stitches and the use of lettering in crazy quilting.

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has published a number of her alphabets to use in embroidery.

Each day Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has generously published more free designs.

Katie of Katie’s New place has started featuring a copyright free pattern a day.

If you are just swinging by or a search engine has landed you here, this series of posts are listed under 100 details for 100 days in this blog.