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.


Huck Embroidery

Bhavani of Needlecraft has started a series of illustrated tutorials and details on Huck embroidery. Huck and pattern darning is a form of even weave embroidery which has always fascinated me as it is so simple yet produces some wonderful patterning.

If you are interested in exploring this form of embroidery further I have a number of resources listed on the hand embroidery squidoo list.