Beaded Alternating Feather stitch Tutorial

Beaded Alternating Feather sample 2Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a form of Feather stitch that is a fun decorative variety that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns and designs. For most beaded stitches I use a #26 tapestry needle which is fine enough to thread a bead, yet the eye is long enough to take a perle # 8 thread. using this type of needle means you can embroider and bead at the same time. The sample above is created using cotton perle #5 thread and oval beads. I used it on a crazy quilted block as a decorative seam treatment.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch sampleHere is a second sample this time I used seed beads and sequins to decorate a crazy quilt seam.

How to hand embroider Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 1Bring the thread through the fabric at the top left and insert the needle to the right as illustrated. Make a stitch with the needle tip pointed downward and with the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 2Make a second feather stitch by inserting the needle to the right and with the needle tip pointed downward as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 3Thread a bead or beads on your needle and make a large stitch by inserting the needle to the left in line with the left side of your first stitch. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the next stitch.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 4Work these movements alternatively down the line adding beads as required.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 5Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a decorative stitch that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns. I hope you enjoy the stitch.

 

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. I cover such topics as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to direct your viewers eye around the block. I cover how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

Crazy Quilt Block 91

Crazy quilt block 91Crazy quilt block 91 is a block in shades of blue gold and burnt yellows.  This block sits in the overall diagonal design of my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. On this block I mainly used a mix of quilters cottons.    There is 8 pieces of fabric used in this  6 inch block.

Crazy quilt block 91 diagram

Crazy Quilt Block 91 Fabric content:

Piece 1: quilters cotton

Piece 2: quilters cotton

Piece 3: quilters cotton

Piece 4: Velvet

Piece 5: Cotton corduroy

Piece 6: quilters cotton

Piece 7: quilters cotton

Piece 8: quilters cotton

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: 8

Lace, braid and ribbon: 3

Buttons and charms: 9

Total items on this block: 20

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1744

Crazy Quilt Block 91 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 91 patternThe Embellished Details on Crazy Quilt Block 91

 

 

Crazy quilt block 91detail 589The first photos is of 2 seam details. Feather Stitch is worked in Rayon ribbon floss and alternating buttonhole stitch in worked in cotton perle #5.

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This seam was first covered with this metallic lace. I then edged it in detached chain stitches arranged in sets of 3 along the seam.

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This Cretan stitch is worked in cotton Perle #5 thread and I added sequins that are secured with seed beads in the spaces between the arms of the Cretan Stitches.

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I first covered this seam with braid then added seed beads along the length of the braid. Along the edge of the braid I added sets of 3 straight stitches arranged in a fan I then topped these with seed beads.

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The last detail is a cluster of buttons 1 of which is vintage as the dark blue one is old. The rest are modern buttons. These buttons sit beside a line of zig zag chain stitch that I worked in cotton perle #5 thread

I dropped button box quiltIf you are new 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.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Seam Details 559, 560, and 561

Crazy quilt block 85I would like to share the last 3 details on block 85 of my I dropped the button box quilt before moving on to block 86.

Crazy quilt detail 559

This detail is actually 2. The first is feather stitch worked in rayon ribbon floss. The seam is not very long – perhaps it measures an inch. The next detail is the black and red nylon lace that covers the seam. This is an example of regular everyday modern crappy lace being used. After basting the lace down I threaded a fine metallic thread along the sides and down the centre I used some seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 559This has a bit of back story as I once had an acquaintance who was always saying you cant use this or that in crazy quilting. She would say you cant use ric rac, or cant use nylon lace, or cant use plastic beads, or you cant use shank buttons, or cant use synthetics, or … you get the picture.  Each time she said it, I quietly went ahead an used it. She was around during the period of making this quilt so there is often examples of items she loudly declared I could not use. There are no rules in crazy quilting and I am no snob about what can and can not be used!

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 560Crazy quilt detail 560

This photograph also illustrated 2 forms of embellishment. The first is a line of zig zag chain stitch worked in red perle #5 cotton. The second is some hand dyed red lace that I secured to the block with small stitches before adding seed beads.

hand embroidery on crazy quilt seam 561Crazy quilt detail 561

The last detail is a the buttons that are on this block. Most of them are modern but there are some vintage buttons in the cluster. I secured most of them by simply stitching them to the block with the exception of the bead tassel. I love these bead tassels and I will be demonstrating how to do them in my book. Click on the image to see a larger version.

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the  CQ details FAQ page.

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