Crazy Quilt seam detail 508

Crazy quilt block 77

This is a hand embroidered detail of a seam on block 77.

I first covered the seam in some lace I then threaded some soft ribbon though the scalloped edges interspersing french knots created in the same ribbon. Along the edge I added embroidery using cotton perle #5 thread. The stitches are varieties of detached chain and french knots.

This series highlights the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box.  For a free pattern click on the block thumbnail.

Crazy quilt detail 508
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Detail 669 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
This is a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. As readers will remember this part of the sampler is a patchwork of fabrics that I pieced together in band.

Stitches Used

This detail is simple pattern darning using a variety of threads. I used cotton perle and silk and a Danish cotton which has little sheen to it. It is a worked on a piece of linen.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler


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


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…

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

I feel a little guilty as Work in Progress Wednesday is here, and I dont have anything to report as teaching my online class has taken all my time. Hopefully next week things will have settled a little and I will have something to share.

I  am opening up this post for those who use the weekly progress challenge to help them progress their stitching goals

The aim with Work in Progress Wednesdays (WIP Wednesdays) is to encourage people to complete  languishing projects or WISPs (Works in Slow Progress) or completing UFOs (unfinished objects) or those in the process of de-stashing.

So if you have something you want to share please do! Leave a comment below.

Take a Stitch Tuesday # 124 Closed Herringbone

Closed herringbone is a variety of herringbone where the stitch is worked so closely together that it forms a line of crossed stitches. On the back of the fabric it will show a two lines of back stitches so it is known as Double Backstitch. This stitch is often worked on sheer or semi sheer fabric to create a style of very subtle and interesting type of embroidery called shadow work.

Normally with forms of herringbone you would work the crosses on the front of the embroidery as a surface stitch but in shadow work you work the stitch on the back and it shows through the fabric. This means the shadow of the work is seen hence the name. When worked in shadow work Closed Herringbone is known as Shadow stitch.

But as I say you can also use closed herringbone as surface stitch too. It is very useful to define a good strong line or in a border or as part of an edging.

Closed Herringbone Stitch step 1
This stitch is worked from left to right between two lines. Commence by bringing the needle out on the bottom left-hand side of the line to be worked.

Take the needle up and make a small stitch on the upper line which points to the left, pull the thread through.

Insert the needle on the lower line but have the needle tip emerge  in line with the edge of the edge of the upper stitch (as illustrated) and make a small stitch which points to the left.

Closed Herringbone Stitch step 2Insert the needle on the upper line a little to the right and make a small stitch which points to the left. Have the needle emerge next to the previous stitch. Continue in the manner along the line working each herringbone stitch closely so that is sits right next to the previous stitch.

Closed Herringbone Stitch

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