I stitched this sampler late in 2009 it was done in a couple of weeks.
At the time I was experimenting with foundation fabrics and I patch worked together hand dyed fabrics as the cloth of the sampler. All the fabrics were hand dyed and painted using procion dyes and were scraps left over from other projects. I simply pieced the squares of linen and cottons together in a strip. Since they were left overs I felt I was not wasting anything by experimenting on them.
I was interested in exploring a bit using laid patterns but I did not want to work a traditional pattern. So I worked blocks of laidwork patterns on an angle and in a more freeform manner. Then let a spill of beads fall and be stitched in a trail almost the length of the sampler.
I admit it may have been a bit heavy handed with the beads but the idea was to experiment!
I had a lot of fun with it!
In future posts I will share the details about threads stitches etc, this post is introducing the area of the sampler and setting the context.
The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimeters), or 32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.
All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.
This embellished seam is part of block 65 of the I dropped the button box Quilt.
Below the red lace is a line of bullion feather stitch which is feather stitch with one of the arms worked as a bullion knot. I found this stitch in Creative Stitches by Edith Johns
The thread is a cotton which was hand dyed by me. It is the thickness of perle #5 and has a very firm twist. I think it was a crochet yarn.
What is the story?
This regular series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box.
All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
I have started block 34 in my next quilt. I am still working with a soft colour scheme. There is some very nice vintage lace on this block so I am thinking about how I will treat it. Hopefully next week I will be able to share the finished block with you.
You will find all the other blocks in this series the Lace Quilt category
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