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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Crazy Quilt Seam Details 529 + 530

Crazy quilt block 80I have 2 details from  block 80 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt to share with readers today.

The first detail  was tricky to photograph, but it is  feather stitch worked in cotton perle #5 thread. I added straight stitches also in cotton perle #5 yellow thread  and then continued to pep it up a bit with some small gold beads as the block was looking a bit dark.crazy quilt detail 529The next detail is from the top left corner. I secured some red ribbon over the seam with gold beads, detached chain and straight stitches worked in cotton perle # 8 thread and then I added a bit of metallic thread also to brighten the corner and draw the eye away from the metallic fabric in the middle of the block.

crazy quilt detail 530

I dropped button box quiltThis 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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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 528

Crazy quilt block 80This hand embroidered seam detail  on block 80 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

Crazy Quilt detail 528 is of some hand dyed red lace. since it was set against a black background I did not need to do too much with it. using a rayon thread I attached the lace with detached chain stitch, oyster chain stitch and straight stitches.

The Palace guard charm was a little item I collected on a trip to London. It balances the charm of the london bus which is in the top right hand corner of the block.

crazy quilt detail 528

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 682

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

The thumbnail will take you to an article  about this section of my freeform band sampler.

Stitches Used

This band of stitches is created by first working 4 lines of chain stitch. Then I worked tied herringbone between them before adding bugle beads.

freeform needlework sampler 682

 

 

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.