Crazy quilting: 100 details for 100 days Day 9

feather sttich sample on crazy quiltingDay 9 of 100 details for 100 days is a more complex detail on a piece of my crazy quilting. The advantage is that there is a simple idea and a more complex idea on this one.

First the yellow braid along the bottom has been decorated with straight stitch and laced with a fine knitting ribbon along the top.

In the right hand area feather stitch has been used over the top of a hairy yarn. This hairy knitting yarn was first couched down to hold it in place. Next I worked feather stitch over the top in a metallic yarn that DMC produces. It comes in a reel and called Antique Gold. Its weight is about the same as a single strand of DMC cotton floss and in this case I used two strands together and topped the feathers stitch arms off with beads. This thread always adds a nice touch to my crazy quilting

Feather stitch would have to be one of my favourite stitches as there is so much you can do with it. To return to the detail today, the floral spray is only partially seen on the left. It was created using a hand dyed silk thread. I do much of my own dyeing. I dye threads, lace, ribbon, braid and shell buttons. I love this silk thread because it is the same weight as DMC Pearl 5 and has a firm twist to it. The flowers were worked in Bullion stitch with each petal surrounded by a detached chain stitch.

Bullions are not easy for beginners. I recommend milliners or straw needles because they have an eye and shaft that are the same width which makes sliding the wrapped bullion knot along the needle easy. If you look at a regular embroidery needle you will see a the eye creates a bulge which makes it difficult to slide all those wraps of thread past the eye.  Try a milliner or straw needle it as it does make a difference.

If you try it out, start with only 4 wraps and as you master them build up from there. These flowers have 8 wraps, which is not many wraps as some flowers in Brazilian embroidery where it is nothing to have 30 – 40 wraps on a bullion. If you want to make bullion roses you need to be able to work 12 wraps at least. So  start with 4 wraps and build up.

For anyone just swinging by this series of posts are listed under 100 details in 100 days in this blog. Over on Flickr it is associated with the Crazyquilting Group 

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