Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 550 and 551

Crazy quilt block 84

I have another 2 embellished seams to share with you today as I would like to have all the articles about the hand embroidered detail on block 84 completed by Christmas so I can start the New year with block 85. Let me know if you like the slightly faster pace of publication. I slowed it right down a good year or so ago as I had feed back that it was a bit to much. I have not minded as I have not had to think too much about what to write but I do wonder if people would like a little more a little more often!

Anyway these 2 details I think are one of my favourites in the whole quilt. The first is a line of herringbone worked along the seam in perle #5 cotton.  I then added seed and bugle beads.

Seam embroidery on crazy quilt block

The next seam decoration was a mistake! I was working Alternating bullion buttonhole which is a version of alternating buttonhole where the arms that alternate are bullion stitches. You can take a look at bullion buttonhole here. I was aiming for an alternating feather stitch like version but started working my bullions away from the center line rather than pointing my needle to the middle. This meant that the thread half wrapped itself around the bullion producing an extra loop. I realised within a few stitches what I had done but kept going as I liked it.

seam embroidery on crazy quilt block

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and details on my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box. Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 548 and 549

Crazy quilt block 84Today I have two crazy quilt seam details to share. Both are from block 84 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

The first seam decoration is a very simple embellishment that even beginners can work.

I worked a line of running stitches following the seam. I did not pull them too tight as I knew I wanted to lace through them. I used a knitting ribbon yarn and woven it under the running stitches. I then added 3 straight stitches in the dips created by the yarn. I used a hand dyed cotton perle  #8.

seam embellishment detail of embroidery

The second detail I would like to share today is a line of Palestrina stitch worked very wide so you can see the bars of the stitch. In between the bars I added a detached chain stitch. This is a hand dyed silk thread.

hand embroidery on crazy quilting

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and details on my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 696 and 697

Needlework sampler section 51 aI have 2 more details to share today. Both are  from section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you want to know more about this part of the sampler click on the thumbnail as it is a link to the article about this section.

Size, Date and Fabric 

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. You can read about it on the the Sampler FAQ page.

The fabric is a 25cnt evenweave linen

This strip of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010.

Stitches used in this area

This detail is another variation of slipped detached chain. I turned them on their side and instead of working regular detached chain stitch in the middle  of the arms I worked oyster stitch. I also used different threads. I used perle #8 cotton, rayon and hand dyed wool. I really enjoyed the mix of threads.

Needlework Sampler detail

Detail 697 is slipped detached chain worked in the spaces of herringbone. The herringbone is cotton perle and each chain has a little bead in the middle.

Needlework Sampler detail

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