Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 552 and 553

Crazy quilt block 84Another two seam details today! The first is a very simple treatment that runs along side some vintage lace. Using perle cotton #8, I  worked 3 detached chain stitches in a fan formation so they look like half daises. At the base I added a small pearl bead.

On the lace itself I  added some seed beads. The lace I found in junk shop in Oxford,  England.  I was browsing  the store when I spotted a roll of lace . Someone had wound pieces of lace on to the broom handle and slipped a pin into each piece to secure it. The roll was about 4 inches thick and the pins had rusted. The wad of laces looked to me as if they were of 50’s vintage because that was what was on the outer layer and what I could see. However since the pins had rusted,  there was no real way of knowing what was there. At the time I was curious about it and when I expressed an interest the shop keeper removed two pieces from the roll to discover the lengths were about 15 cm (6 inches) long. Not only was the lace short but removing each piece was likely to be a challenge. She offered them to me for a couple of pounds and I jumped at it.

Crazy quilt detail

I don’t like cutting into vintage lace for crazy quilting but damage lace I think is more than fair game for crazy quilting.  I think they were samples from a lace maker as each was tagged. To my amazement I discovered as I unwound the samples they got older and they went back to the Victorian era. Unfortunately they were all badly damaged. The use of numerous pins to secure each piece had caused rust and mould had also caused stains. What was worse the samples were often torn.

If they were in good condition I would not have used them for crazy quilting but since they were damaged I felt there was no harm. I dyed the badly rust stained, repaired what was worth repairing. Basically I reclaimed what I could and made something of it.

I have used many of these laces on this quilt and they influenced this quilt in another important way. Because I wanted to use the scraps I had salvaged I decided to make the blocks the size they are. I felt the proportion of the blocks to the laces, highlighted them better than if they had been used on larger blocks. Also many were too small to use on larger blocks.

Crazy quilt detail of braid on block

The next seam was covered with some braid and some very small vintage beads found on the same trip to England. The edge of the braid is a fly stitch variation worked in cotton perle # 8.

Both details are from block 84 of my I dropped the button Box Crazy Quilt.

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and details on my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box.

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

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 701 and 702

Needlework sampler section 51 aBelow are 2 details from section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you are curious and want to know more about this part of the sampler click on the thumbnail.

Size, Date and Fabric 

This strip of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010 on 25cnt evenweave linen

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. The backstory is on Sampler FAQ page.

Stitches and thread used

This detail is a variety of Cretan stitch. I first lay down a foundation row of stitches that had a pattern of 2 large wide stitches and then 2 small stitches. I worked them in hand dyed wool.  Next I laced them with a thread called bunka. It is called bunka thread but it actually a fine cord. You often find commercial tassels and fringing made out of it. It is very soft and has a lovely drape which means you can easily stitch with it.

Needlework Sampler detail

The next band on the sampler is another experiment. Once again I worked a row of Cretan stitch then I buttonholed the bars of every second unit. It was fun to do and I think would look good with a bead in the middle of each U shape.

Needlework Sampler detail

 

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 698, 699 and 700

Needlework sampler section 51 aThese are 3 details on section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. Click on the thumbnail of the sampler if you are curious about it.

Size, Date and Fabric 

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. You can read about it on the the Sampler FAQ page.

The fabric is a 25cnt evenweave linen and this section was worked between June and December of 2010.

This detail is two lines of Cretan stitch. It is a very simple variation that even new hands to embroidery can do. The first row was worked wide with the arms spaced quite far apart. I used a hand dyed wool. The second line is cotton and worked smaller with the arms sitting in the spaces created by the first line. The cotton forms an interesting ridge.

Needlework Sampler detail

The next detail is crossed chain with French knots between each cross.

Needlework Sampler detail

Detail 670 is a line of herringbone that I tied once with green cotton perle. I left lots of space between each stitch as I knew I wanted to add a row of Cretan stitch. This is worked in yellow silk and tied twice with green cotton perle. I then added a fan of detached chain stitches to the top of each herringbone.

Needlework Sampler detail

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 550 and 551

Crazy quilt block 84

I have another 2 embellished seams to share with you today as I would like to have all the articles about the hand embroidered detail on block 84 completed by Christmas so I can start the New year with block 85. Let me know if you like the slightly faster pace of publication. I slowed it right down a good year or so ago as I had feed back that it was a bit to much. I have not minded as I have not had to think too much about what to write but I do wonder if people would like a little more a little more often!

Anyway these 2 details I think are one of my favourites in the whole quilt. The first is a line of herringbone worked along the seam in perle #5 cotton.  I then added seed and bugle beads.

Seam embroidery on crazy quilt block

The next seam decoration was a mistake! I was working Alternating bullion buttonhole which is a version of alternating buttonhole where the arms that alternate are bullion stitches. You can take a look at bullion buttonhole here. I was aiming for an alternating feather stitch like version but started working my bullions away from the center line rather than pointing my needle to the middle. This meant that the thread half wrapped itself around the bullion producing an extra loop. I realised within a few stitches what I had done but kept going as I liked it.

seam embroidery on crazy quilt block

I dropped button box quiltThis article is part of a series that highlight the hand embroidered seams and details on my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box. Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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