Crazy Quilt Seam Details 531 and 532

Crazy quilt block 80Once again I have grouped together two of the details found on block 80 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

The first is line of sheaf stitch that is worked in hand dyed silk thread that is approximately the same thickness as  #5 cotton perle thread.

The seam at right angles to it is interlaced herringbone stitch also worked in #5 cotton perle thread.

crazy quilt detail 531

The next detail, a cluster of buttons sits at the base of  this seam. The buttons are fun but I enjoyed the seed bead tassel finished with a tiny set of red dice. They add a fun touch!

crazy quilt detail 532

I dropped button box quilt
This is my I dropped the button box Crazy quilt. The patterns for each block are free

This article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 80.

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 683 and 684

Sampler section 50
Today I have a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler

This detail is a small freeform section that consists of varieties chain stitch, buttonhole bars, and French knots. The threads I used are mix of cotton, silk and rayon. Some are regular commercial threads and some are hand dyed by me. It was fun section to work

freeform needlework sampler

The next detail is also freeform and worked in a variety of threads. They are straight stitch worked in blocks.

freeform needlework sampler

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.

Size:

This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

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Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

Work in Progress Wednesdays

needlecase coverYay! my needle case is done! I never thought I would say Yay – but I have caught the habit from Eve my daughter and it does express the good feeling of reaching a big milestone. (Actually I am saying Yay to just about everything these days and I must stop it) With the needle case cover done it means that all the hand embroidery and embellishments for all the pieces of my sewing caddy is now done. I just have to assemble them.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 134 Fern stitch

fern stitch sampleThis is an easy stitch that is ideal to use for floral sprays and since Holiday season is just around the corner this stitch is ideal for simple wreaths. In this sample I have worked it on the diagonal to keep the demonstration simple but you can work fern stitch on curves or in geometric patterns

How to work fern stitch

Fern stitch consists of a simple arrangement of 3 straight stitches.

fern stitch step  1Bring the thread from the back of the fabric and work a straight stitch.

fern stitch step  2Next work a straight on the left side followed by a straight stitch on the right side.

fern stitch step 3This unit of 3 straight stitches is repeated along the line.

fern stitch step 4The spine can be further decorated with french knots of beads.

It is a very simple stitch that lends itself to all sorts of applications and can be taught to children.

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