Seam Details 575 – 80 from crazy quilt block 88

Crazy quilt block 88 of I Dropped the Button Box Quilt At the end of last year I shared a free pattern for block 88 on my I dropped the Button Box quilt. If you missed it you will find the free pattern here.

Today I hope to share in closer detail some of the stitches and techniques I used when I decorated this block.

If you click on the photo of the block you can see a larger version of it.

Seam detail 575 is a line of hand embroidery that runs diagonally across the block. I worked the line in cotton perle #5. It is a small experiment in  Knotted Zig Zag chain which I have not yet documented. I found the directions for this stitch in Jacqueline Enthoven’s The Stitches of Creative Embroidery. If you have a copy, the directions are on page 163.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail

Seam detail 576 is Cretan stitch worked in rayon ribbon floss.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail

Seam detail 577 is another experiment as I used a fine ribbon to work herringbone stitch before decorating the row of stitches with seed beads and straight stitches.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detailSeam detail 578 is a line of feather stitch that I decorated with novelty buttons. Each is in the shape of a flower.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detailSeam detail 579 is a band of vintage lace that is in the top left hand corner of the block. This lace was actually damaged and I hid the damage by beading the flower motif which is part of the pattern in the lace.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail Seam detail 580 is another button cluster. Both modern and antique buttons are on this block.

Crazy quilt hand embroidery detail I hope you have enjoyed seeing these crazy quilt seam decorations in closer detail, as this article is part of a series that regularly offers a free block patterns and techniques for readers to enjoy and perhaps pick up some tips in the process. .

Each block is listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

I dropped button box quilt

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Check them out I think you will find the useful!

Stitch 26 of Take a Stitch Tuesday 2016

Stitch 26 Arrowhead Stitch sample 9For all the Aussies out there Happy Australia Day! Have good one. After a walk, a cooked breakfast under the pergola, I plan on relaxing with my drawing or stitching I have not decided yet.

Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 26 is Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch which is a very easy stitch so it is ideal for children’s stitching projects.

There are two varieties of Arrowhead stitch (see the tutorial) . One is a horizontal version and one is vertical. Both varieties are a good example a stitch that has a strong geometric structure that enables an embroiderer to create numerous patterns by arranging the stitches in various ways. It is ideal to work in bands for borders or over an area for fills.
TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are a beginner the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push the Arrowhead stitch in creative and interesting manner. The idea behind the challenge is to share online what you do, so that beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

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 Arrow Stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  Use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome and guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.




Colonial Knot Step by Step Tutorial

Colonial Knot is sometimes called Figure Eight Knot and it is often used in candlewicking embroidery so is also called a Candlewicking Knot. This surface embroidery stitch at first glance  looks very much like a French knot but it is worked slightly differently as you create the knot by looping the needle around the thread rather than wrapping the thread around the needle.

How to hand embroider a Colonial Knot Stitch

To work Colonial Knot, bring your thread up through the fabric.

Colonial Knot step 1

Hold the thread in your left hand slightly loose. Start with  your needle pointing away from you and to the left of the thread. Slide the needle under the thread, towards the right  then flip the needle over your thread. This loop can be formed in a hooking motion by turning the needle in anti-clockwise direction 180 degrees over the working thread so that the thread forms a figure 8 around the needle.

Colonial Knot step 2Take the needle to the back of the fabric next where it first emerged but not in the same hole. Before you pull it through make sure the loop is snug around the shaft of the needle. Pull through and you have a colonial knot!

Colonial Knot step 3Colonial knots take a bit if practice to create the knot, but once your hands understand the mechanics of the stitch, it is easy to work.

Many stitchers prefer this to French knots and find them quicker and easier to work. Colonial knots take up less thread that french knots too so they are economical on resources as well as time. They are great if you work them in silk ribbon and since silk ribbon is costly some people substitute Colonial knots for French knots  when ever they work in silk. You can also work slightly thicker thread easily using this stitch it is after all used in candlewicking embroidery.

Anyway enjoy leaning this stitch and make some comparisons yourself.