Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 539

Crazy quilt block 82This detail is a seam of hand embroidery found on block 82 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt. 

Chevron stitch is a popular basic stitch for crazy quilters which is easily worked and lends itself to lots of variation. This is double row of chevron stitch worked in two colours using a cotton perle#5 thread. I then topped it off with detached chain and straight stitches arranged with the aid of a bead to look like little flowers. These were worked in perle #8.

crazy quilt seam detail

I dropped button box quilt

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 82

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 689 and 690

Sampler section 50This area on  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler is where I experimented with a popular pulled thread embroidery stitch.  This is wave stitch but I did not pull it too hard (so I am not sure that means it is still a pulled thread stitch).  I interspersed it with seed beads. The linen is 25 cnt and the thread is a hand dyed silk that has the same thickness as cotton perle #8.

freeform needlework sampler

The next detail records a trip to Sydney as we took a little holiday.

freeform needlework sampler


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 Wednesday

work in progress for seaside embroidered panelI have a bit of a work in progress report. I have not pieced my hussif (as getting out he sewing machine at the moment is a bit difficult)  but stitch addict that I am, I could not live without having something on the go. I did pull out 25 count light walnut coloured linen and then I thought about the seaside. Next I remembered the flotsam on the seashore  and before I knew it I had this design worked out.

I have started the heavily textured stitches in the area near the flip flops. This type of stitchery will run diagonally under them and diagonally under the shells too. Other areas will have pulled thread embroidery. I have yet to decide what I am doing with the border. It will be a small wall panel or I will simply add it to my sampler I am not sure yet. I set the tape measure against it so readers have a sense of the scale. So almost by accident I have started an other project!

If you click on the panel you will see a larger version of it.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday #138 Barb Stitch and #139 Beaded Barb stitch

This week the stitch for TAST is a composite stitch called Barb stitch but before I give directions on how to work this stitch I want to remind people that  I have decided to take a TAST break after stitch 140.  Next year I will return  to the series if there is interest.  With the holiday season most people drop away so this year instead of racing around trying to write tutorials in December I am taking a break. However there will still be TAST challenge stitches all November. If you are worried about losing touch  subscribe to my newsletter!

So on with the stitch of the week. Barb stitch is another simple stitch that is easy to work yet versatile enough to create lots of variations. Barb stitch creates a line with a ridge down the center. You can work Barb stitch in a single line straight or on a curve. When worked in curve, in an irregular manner it looks very organic which means it is good for twiggy bits incorporated in a floral motif.

Or if you work Barb stitch in a straight line you can vary the height of the arms to create patterns. Another method is to repeat rows to create a border. Different arrangements of the rows can build up interlocking patterns to create interesting needlework fillings.

How to work Barb stitch

You need to know how to work buttonhole stitch to work barb stitch as is consists of two foundation rows of buttonhole worked back to back. These are then whipped with a second thread.

Barb Stitch step 1First work a row of buttonhole stitch.

Barb Stitch step2Turn your work and work a second row of buttonhole stitch so that the two rows are back to back.

With a second thread, using a blunt-ended tapestry needle, so that the foundation threads do not split whip the lines of buttonhole stitches. Slide the needle under each loop at the base of the buttonhole whip two rows of buttonhole together as illustrated.

Barb Stitch step 3Continue the length of the line.

Barb Stitch step 4The threads I used in the sample is cotton perle #5 but you can whip in a contrasting colour, texture or thickness to the thread used for the foundation rows. Metallic yarns can create a rich effect. You can use the buttonhole rows to couch down ribbons or textured novelty yarns.

How to work Beaded Barb Stitch

With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

Work two rows of buttonhole stitch back to back as you would with regular barb stitch.

Beaded Barb Stitch step  1With a second thread, using a #26 tapestry needle, so that you can thread a bead on your working thread slide the needle under loop at the base of the buttonhole to whip the two rows together. Whip the first stitch then add a bead to your working thread before whipping the second stitch. Continue down the line and whip every second stitch with a bead on your thread as illustrated.

Beaded Barb Stitch step  2Both versions are a very easy and quick to work I hope you enjoy the stitch!

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