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crazy quilt block 79This hand embroidered detail is a seam on block 79.

The area of the patch is covered with Silk Ribbon Embroidery. I filled the area with woven roses and leaf stitch, then sprinkled French knots throughout. The French knots are worked in hand dyed rayon ribbon floss

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Along the edge of the seam I worked sets of 3 detached chain stitches in a burgundy cotton Perle #8 thread. At the centre of each set I stitched a small pearl bead.

crazy quilt detail Free Crazy quilt block patterns

This article is part of a series of articles 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 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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In this section of the crazy quilt block I covered the seam with some hand dyed lace and further embroidered it with detached chain stitch. The thread is hand dyed silk. I then added some copper coloured beads and some seed beads.

The ‘flower’ is a crochet motif. I secured the metal flower in the middle of the crochet motif with small bead. I felt it set  the motif off. Both lace and motif are from the same dye lot.

What is the story?
This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
I have released the block patterns and stitch ideas for non commercial use but I retain all copyright. Please attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and republish online. Link please dont republish.

TAST Week 7 Highlights

People certainly enjoyed working detached chain stitch this week.

Once again I can only encourage people to browse the links people have left as you are missing out if you make some time in your week to make a cuppa, and take in some inspiring eye candy.

First up in htis week’s highlights, I would like to point out that over on Threads and Patches, Marjolein has written a tutorial on how to secure a trapped bead using detached chain stitch

Another tutorial is available over on Let’s learn Embroidery demonstratng  using detached chain stitch to attach a shisha mirror 


On Arts Crafts and More Veena used detached chain stitch to circle shisha mirrors.

Over on Stitching with a Shimmy, Romilly has provided a free pattern which uses detached chain stitches

I smiled when I saw the little wet duck on this sample from Airy Nothing

Over on Carrement Crazy there is a lovely example of detached chain used on a shabby chic or primitive crazy quilt piece. I am not sure what to call this developing crazy quilting  style but I really like it!

I really enjoyed the freeform sample from Anneliese which looks a little like a palm tree!

Another enjoyable piece is found over on playful stitching. I particularly liked the owls.

I loved the colour scheme Chris Richards used in her latest mandela over on Ella’s Craft Creations.

Over on Bland garner, trasor och trådar there is a series of experiments with this stitch

This brightly coloured poppy field by Patricia Gellon attracted my eye too

Finally this freeform sampler has been growing under the hands of Yarn Goddess over on Sooner or later.

Further information on the FAQ page

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

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You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. These sub groups are set up by the request of members you do not have join any of them.