CQ Detail 8


This detail is a variation of feather stitch which is many crazy quilters favourite. The ends of the spines have been decorated with beads.


I received this thread in a swap and I don’t know what it is but it is a thread that is braided rather than twisted.


This seam is between piece 3  and piece 4 on  block 2


What is the back story?
This regularly published 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.

Stitch Explorer 2009 February

Hello everyone I hope you enjoyed last months challenge.

The challenge for this month is a little known stitch called trellis stitch.It is a raised needle woven stitch that I think is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The image to the left is a version of the stitch called spiral trellis stitch.

This stitch looks complex but actually once you get in a rhythm it works up fine and new hands should not find it too difficult.

Like in crochet and knitting if you want to decrease skip a stitch and if you want to increase add a stitch by working two into the same place.

I was going to write a tutorial but two my delight I discovered that Jeanne of Just String has already written a very good well illustrated step by step guide.

Also Mary Corbet of Needle ‘n Thread has produced a video tutorial.

Between these two useful sites people have more than enough information to explore this little known and highly unusual stitch.

Unlike chicken scratch which is an embroidery style that is based on building a  pattern, the charm and interest of trellis stitch is based on the texture it produces.

During the TAST challenge many people were surprised at what could happen when you take an embroidery stitch and push it. I hope that if people take spiral Trellis stitch and experiment with it we will see all sorts of strange creatures and growths emerge from our needles.

These samples are worked using a perle cotton thread the same weight and thickness as perle 5

Worked in a circle viewed from above

Worked in a circle viewed from the side (this is the same sample)

Worked in a decreasing circle viewed from above

The same sample viewed from the side. As you can see it would be easy to tuck beads inside these forms.

Worked in a decreasing square viewed from above

The same sample viewed from another angle.

I hope people enjoy this stitch as I think it has loads of possibilities and deserves to better known.

Some ideas to try

Increase and Decrease: Increasing or decreasing as you work the rounds produces different effects.

Expand the shape outwards:

Contract the shape inwards:

Try different threads : What does thin, thick, matt, high shine, textured thread look like? What about hairy thread. How would silk work up or wool?

Try different shapes: Try triangles, hearts, circles, squares, hexagons etc see what they look like

Tuck beads in and around different shapes:

What do they look like clustered together on mass?

What do they look like arranged in a pattern?

What happens if you work them on a different or unusual fabric such as scrim, net or lace?

A Flickr Group

I have established a Flickr group for those who want to use it. The name is Stitchexplorer

How to participate in the stitch explorer challenge 

Stitch some samples that push this stitch

Blog it or put images somewhere online where people can see them. If you use flickr send them to the Stitchexplorer group

Come back to this post and leave a comment with your web address in it so that people can visit and see what you have done.

Have fun!