Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 538

Crazy quilt block 82This is a seam decoration found, tucked up high in the corner on block 82 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt. 

This seam decoration started off as a line of herringbone stitch worked in cotton perle #5. I then laced it with a hand dyed silk that is approximately the same thickness as #5 perle. The next stage in the development of this line of stitches is that I added the valleys some detached chain stitches and straight stitches. To these I added some little flower motifs. They are French knots worked using silk thread which was also hand dyed.

crazy quilt seam detail

I dropped button box quilt

This article is part of a series 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 82

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

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Crazy Quilt Detail 411

crazy quilt block embroidery seam detail This area of silk ribbon embroidery is on block 61 of the I dropped the Button Box Quilt. The flowers and leaves are made up of  leaf stitch, with the centre of the flowers made of French knots. I then added some little blue butterflies that are novelty beads. Sprinkled through out are french knots worked in hand dyed cotton thread.

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.

TAST Week 16 Highlights

It appears lots of people really enjoyed working French Knots as this weeks challenge. Its time for the weekly round up so make a cuppa, take a few moments out of a busy day and let me share with you some of the samples that caught my eye.   Once again dont let these few samples lead you to think, that these are the only worthwhile samples to be seen. Follow some of the links in the comments, of week 16 and I promise you there is more eye candy to be seen.

sample of hand embroidered french knots

First of all over on Fatquarter there is this delightful little sample of French Knots tucked into folds of fabric. Dont miss the other samples on the same page.

sample of hand embroidered french knots

Over on Beading Arts I enjoyed these scattered French knots

sample of hand embroidered french knots

Once again the man with two z’s in his name is being featured as Luiz Vaz of Embroiderland enjoyed, as I did, giving life to these fish. Read the rest of his blog to see lots of other eye candy too.

sample of hand embroidered french knots

See Home Made by Me for a larger version of this sample of French knots worked in silk ribbon

sample of hand embroidered french knots

A very interesting sample was worked over on Creative Daily, as Lorraine worked 3 wrap knots in a  variety of thread thicknesses to see what the result would be.

sample of hand embroidered french knots

And who could resist this little lamb over on Brodibidouillages de Compagnie

I hope you enjoyed these few featured piece don’t forget to follow the links in the comments of week 16 to see more

Further information about the TAST challenge

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

Take a stitch Tuesday week 16

milliners needlesThis week the challenge stitch is French knots. This stitch is one that some people find difficult but I have a tip or two.

If your knot pops through the fabric, you are not leaving a large enough gap where the thread emerges from the fabric and where it goes back into the fabric. When you follow the directions for French knots that I have published here in step 2 make sure you take the needle back into the fabric a couple of threads away from where it came out. Dont put it back into the same hole.

Second tip is to use milliners needles as they are the secret weapon in creating not only French knots but Bullions too. I have the image here hoping that people take notice of this tip.

Any of the knotted stitches are best worked with milliners needles or straw needles because most embroidery needles have an eye that is wider than the shaft of the needle. Milliners or straw needles have an eye and shaft that are the same width which makes sliding the wrapped bullion or French knot along the needle easy. I hope these two tips lead to pleasant stitching experiences!

French Knot sample

Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch


If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!

French Knot sample

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on Stitchin Fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

French Knot sample

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment, you leave and I wont include it.

Further information

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

Other groups and networks

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. All these sub groups are set up at request of members.

French Knot sample