Ideas for embroidering crazy quilt seams

As many readers know I am going through a clean up and blog decrufting exercise and after 11 writing this blog there is a heck of lot of cruft! Anyway to get to the point  in the process I found this tutorial I wrote last year on how to embroider crazy quilt seams. I had totally forgotten about it and of course it has languished in my archives. I figure if I have forgotten about it many of my readers will not find it either.

crazy quilt seams booklet screenshotThis tutorial on how to hand embroider crazy quilt seams is a long article that covers how to take a stitch and treat it as a foundation to build up crazy quilt seams. It is fully illustrated with loads of eye candy and became a 17 page pdf file!  I gave away at the end but here is a direct link should you want it. You can download this article as PDF and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily. If you find this article useful  feel free to print it out and share with a sewing group or friend, or better still share the link to this tutorial on social media etc.

how to page illustratedThis discovery made me think about some of the other resources I have on this site. If you need to know how to embroider the basic stitches used on crazy quilt seams – or even the basic stitches for surface embroidery, as they are one and the same  I have provided free,  12 Surface Stitches for Beginners. The link is a direct PDF download.

Also I have the free modules in my stitchers worksheets which cover the basic stitches with eye candy.  They are free and none of my stuff asks you to subscribe to anything – of course I love you to subscribe but you don’t have to, or join this or that. They are a simple give away.

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Tuesday – Take a stitch challenge

buttonhole stitch sample 9The hand embroidery Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) challenge re-run is back by popular demand. Week 2 of the challenge is Buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch as many people call it. No matter what you call it this stitch is actually the foundation for a whole family of stitches. Depending on how you classify stitches many people see feather stitch and fly stitch as part of that family.

I don’t want to argue over how hand embroidery stitches are classified,  as that can be a bit boring but some people classify stitches according to the hand movement you need to make in order to create the stitch. So since a fly stitch for instance has the same hand movement as buttonhole in the sense that the thread is passed under the needle some people classify them as being in the same family. I have found that if people think in terms of what hand action they are making they can make sense of it and helps build skills. If you group together stitches in families it helps as you have rough idea of the sort of movement your hand needs to make.

Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families can be a very helpful way to think about them.  For some they try and memorise the various names and put them into families rather than thinking about the hand action and they can get in muddle about it. To be honest,  if the idea of families of stitches  just confuses you  don’t worry about it as it is meant to be an aid – a way of thinking about a stitch – not another point about embroidery to remember or be confused about. I would love to know what readers think and if you group stitches in your mind so for instance you think in terms of crossed stitches, knotted stitches, etc. Leave a comment as I really would love to know.

I have revamped the Buttonhole stitch page with new step by step instructions and hope it is useful.

How to join in

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced push buttonhole a little further- show the new hands what can be done with a little imagination.  Use buttonhole in a creative manner take it where ever you want and give it a 21st century twist.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Buttonhole stitch page with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample. In other words, include the http bit of the web address so that it becomes a live link to your work.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If this is the first you have read about the challenge read the details and guidelines on the TAST FAQ page. All are welcome

Have fun! Hopefully there will not be too many tangles!

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Crazy Quilt Seam Details 559, 560, and 561

Crazy quilt block 85I would like to share the last 3 details on block 85 of my I dropped the button box quilt before moving on to block 86.

Crazy quilt detail 559

This detail is actually 2. The first is feather stitch worked in rayon ribbon floss. The seam is not very long – perhaps it measures an inch. The next detail is the black and red nylon lace that covers the seam. This is an example of regular everyday modern crappy lace being used. After basting the lace down I threaded a fine metallic thread along the sides and down the centre I used some seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 559This has a bit of back story as I once had an acquaintance who was always saying you cant use this or that in crazy quilting. he would say you cant use ric rac, or cant use nylon lace, or cant use plastic beads, or you cant use shank buttons, or cant use synthetics, or … you get the picture.  Each time she said it, I quietly went ahead an used it. She was around during the period of making this quilt so there is often examples of items she loudly declared I could not use. There are no rules in crazy quilting and I am no snob about what can and can not be used!

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 560Crazy quilt detail 560

This photograph also illustrated 2 forms of embellishment. The first is a line of zig zag chain stitch worked in red perle #5 cotton. The second is some hand dyed red lace that I secured to the block with small stitches before adding seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 561Crazy quilt detail 561

The last detail is a the buttons that are on this block. Most of them are modern but there are some vintage buttons in the cluster. I secured most of them by simply stitching them to the block with the exception of the bead tassel. I love these bead tassels and I will be demonstrating how to do them in my book. Click on the image to see a larger version.

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the  CQ details FAQ page.

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