Today I would like to share another crazy quilt seam embellishment which is on block 71 of the I dropped the button box Quilt. This is what the block looks like. The thumbnail will take you to a larger image of the block. I hope these little details gives readers a few ideas of how to decorate seams on a crazy quilt.
This seam is covered with a ribbon which is couched down using chevron stitch. I used a perle #5 cotton thread and then laced it with a knitting yarn that is like a ribbon.
Detail 474 is of feather stitch worked in perle #5 cotton thread. After working the stitch I added a bead to the end of each of the arms.
Under this spray of buttons is a piece of lace which I hand dyed and then secured it to the block with lots of French knots. The buttons are all modern and there is a coffee cup and pot as over coffee a friend challenged me to use ugly cheap stuff on a block. It felt appropriate to use them there.
This article is part of a regular series which illustrates the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. If you want to read more articles like this look under Crazy Quilt details category
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
For each block on this quilt I have given away the pattern. I hope readers enjoy them. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
Both Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch both have a foundation of Straight sided feather stitch. So it makes sense to group them together in this tutorial. They are also related to Turkman stitch. As you can see the differences in these stitches is either the angle you hold the needle at and/or spacing. I am sure crazy quilters will enjoy these varieties of feather stitch as they can be further decorated with stitches and beads. They also look really very effect if you work them one a ribbon or if you use contrasting threads. My samples are worked in cotton perle #5
How to work straight sided feather stitch
Straight sided feather stitch is worked between two imaginary parallel lines. Like regular feather stitch stitch is worked swinging back and forth, from side to side. Bring the needle out at the top of the line and reinsert it a little to the right but on the same level. Make a small stitch downward, so that the needle point appears on the right hand side of the line. Keeping the thread under the needle point, pull the thread through the fabric to make the first stitch. In line with the base of the V you have just made, insert the needle on the left side of the line, and make a small vertical stitch downward positioning the needle so that the point reappears on the left line. Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Work these movements alternatively down the line to complete the first row of straight sided feather stitch.
How to work Crossed Feather stitch
To work crossed feather stitch you offset by one stitch a second row of straight sided feather stitch. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works. Bring your thread out on the top left side of the line, as illustrated. Take the needle upward to make a vertical back stitch. Bring the tip out at the point where your thread emerged, as illustrated. Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. This stitch is here so that you can start the row neatly. In line with the base of the V, insert the needle on the right side and make a small vertical stitch with the needle point emerging from the fabric on the right side as illustrated. Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Move to the left side and repeat these movements alternatively down the line.
How to work Plaited feather stitch
Plaited feather stitch is very similar to Crossed feather stitch except on every second stitch you thread your yarn under the cross bar of the first row of stitches. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works. Start Plaited feather stitch by working a line of straight sided feather stitch and start the second row with a vertical straight stitch as illustrated in above. Next, insert the needle on the right side of line, in line with the base of the V and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point emerges as illustrated. Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Before you move to the left see of the line, thread your needle under the cross bar as illustrated. Pull the thread through. Move to the left side and make another straight sided feather stitch. Repeat these movements alternatively down the line weaving the thread under the cross bar every second stitch. Both these stitches are simple but versatile and can be very effective if you experiment with different yarns. Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox
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Triangular Feather Stitch is a variety of feather stitch. I am sure my readers who do crazy quilting will find it interesting and it is a fun stitch to add a bead to.
How to work Triangular Feather Stitch
I found Triangular feather stitch in a book by Edith John titled Creative Stitches. It is a quick stitch to work once you get in the rhythm of it. I am sure it is a very versatile stitch too as it is a member of the feather stitch family!
To work this stitch you need a basic working knowledge of feather stitch.
Work this stitch between two imaginary parallel lines from top to bottom.
To start this stitch work two regular feather stitches. Bring your needle out on the right hand side of the line. Move to the left and insert your needle with the point emerging directly below as illustrated.
With the thread under the needle pull your needle through.This completes your first single feather stitch. Move downward and to the left and make another single feather stitch.
Take your needle to the right and insert it where your thread emerged on the first feather stitch. Look at the illustration and position the needle as illustrated. The needle should emerges on the right hand side and lower than the base of the second feather stitch.
With the thread under the needle pull your needle through.
Continue this way down the line. It looks a little complex but once in the swing of it you will find it easy.
I hope you enjoy Triangular Feather Stitch
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