TAST on a break

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Just a reminder that Take a Stitch Tuesday is taking break a 4 week break over the Northern Summer before returning with the next 50 stitches in the series. TAST is due to start up again on Tuesday the 16th of August.

This break will allow people to either play catch up if needed or take some time out. If you start showing symptoms of withdrawl  you can always experiment with any of the stitches in my stitch dictionary and share what you do. Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.   All stitchers are welcome and lots of people have fun hanging out there.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 50

Just a quick heads up before I announce this weeks stitch. After this week TAST will be taking a 4 weeks breaks over the Northern Summer before returning with the next 50 stitches. TAST will recommence on Tuesday the 16th of August.   This will allow people to take break and play catch up if needed. I too will be traveling but dont worry as my posts can be pre-written and will be published each Tuesday like clockwork.

Where I am going? I am going to go on a pilgrimage and give thanks for a good life by walking  the Camino de Santiago also known by the English name of the Way of St. James. I will write more about it later in another post,  but briefly we will be walking approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles) starting in France and across the top of Spain to Santiago. It will take a couple of months so behind the scenes here I have preparing and pre-writing my TAST announcements so people will not miss out. TAST will run as normal and I will be approving comments etc via internet cafes etc.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch sample

Now to this weeks stitch ! Stitch 50 is a favorite of mine as Looped Cretan Stitch is unusual and a doozie of a stitch if you add a bead. I like stitches that look a bit different. Crazy quilters will love this stitch as it makes a great seam embellishment but it is also a wonderful border stitch too.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they 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 Looped Cretan Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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Crazy Quilt Block 92 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt block 92Crazy quilt block 92 is a little on the autobiographical side as it has a small plastic charm of a house with a sold sign. It marks when we sold out house in Western Australia in order to move East. It was a good move. One of the things we did before we left was sell part of our library as transport costs were so high. I felt the fabric with a print of books on it suited the theme. What is the duck doing there? Well it is a long story but my husband used to play in band called “Mucky Duck”

As usual you can click on the block to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt block 92 diagram

Crazy Quilt Block 92 Fabric content:

Piece 1: quilters cotton
Piece 2: Silk
Piece 3: Polycotton
Piece 4: Polycotton
Piece 5: Synthetic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 6: quilters cotton
Piece 7: velvet

Item Count: 

My personal challenge when I made this quilt was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 4
Total items on this block: 14

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1758

Crazy Quilt Block 92 free Pattern

 Crazy Quilt block 92 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 92

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The first detail is a little tiny section that can easily be missed. It is a seam of laced arrow stitch.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 597This seam  was first covered with lace then I decorated the lace with straight stitches and seed beads.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 598This seam is decorated with  Crossed Buttonhole worked in perle #5 thread and further decorated with floral novelty beads. I created a leaf and stem from straight stitch and detached chain stitch worked in the same perle #5 thread.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 599 Another way I decorated this block was to use feather stitch that is worked in a hand dyed cotton perel thread #5 and then arranged little floral spikes using detached chain stitch, and straight stitch. These are emphasied with a bright yellow bead.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 600On these seams I laced running stitch with rayon ribbon floss (the green thread)

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These are the buttons on the block I am often asked about buttons as I do just place them on top of embroidery or lace or braid. I situate them where I think they will look best as they draw the viewers eye to that point.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 601Finally here is the small house charm that provoked the block to become themed.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

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.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here