Take a Stitch Tuesday 132 Kikos Flower

I am sure readers who are crazy quilters will love this stitch which was shown to me by a lady from Japan. Her English was not good but she called it flower stitch because worked in a ring it can form a flower. True to skills handed on in the oral tradition I call it Kiko’s flower stitch because I have not seen it documented elsewhere or know its name. If you know it by another name, leave a comment as  I would love to know.

Added Later: Mystery solved! I received an email from Queenie of Queenies Needlework pointing me to the books of Japanese author Sadako Totsuka who looks to be the inventor of this stitch. In Totsuka Embroidery book 8, the stitch is numbered 56, rather than named.

You need to know buttonhole wheel stitch and how to make a bullion knot to work this stitch. You can work 4, 5 and 6 petals of the flower.
The illustration sample is worked in perle #5 cotton Kikos flower stitch 1

Start with a detached chain stitch.

Kikos flower stitch 2Keeping on a curve (as illustrated) insert the needle at the base of the chain stitch and bringing the point out on the outer edge wrap the thread under the needle to make a quarter of a buttonhole wheel stitches in a small fan shape.
Kikos flower stitch 3On the outer edge insert the needle into stitches as illustrated.
Kikos flower stitch 4??Make a bullion knot to catch the stitches down.
??Kikos flower stitch5This unit is what Kiko called a stitch and she worked them in units of 4, 5 or 6.

Kikos flower stitch 6As you can see it makes a nice shape for a textured flower just ad some French knots or beads to the middle.

Kikos flower stitch 7You can also create cascades with this stitch to create petals on a wisteria vine

I hope you enjoy this weeks stitch!

How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 524 and 525

crazy quilt block 79

This detail on block 79 started off with a line of back stitch worked a little loosely so that I could thread a thicker thread through it. The thread is a type of knitting yarn that is a bit like a thicker chainette. I laced it in and out of the back stitch then secured it with some small bugle beads. It is a very quick and easy seam treatment for crazy quilting that a new hand to crazy quilting can easily work.

The buttons were added after the embroidery and are two modern buttons that went well with the block.

crazy quilt detail

The next detail is easily missed on the block as it is only an inch long. The seam decoration consists of a line of tied herringbone stitch that is topped with detached chain stitch. I added some small red beads along the seam to draw the eye a little. I did not want this seam to be to strong as it sits next to the buttons on the block and I did not want it to compete. So to keep it in control I stitched it in a thread that was similar in colour and tone to the fabric.

crazy quilt detailFree 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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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 522 and 523

crazy quilt block 79

One of the first things you notice when you look at  block 79 of the I dropped the Button Box Quilt is a tumble of vintage and modern buttons that fall across the block. They are placed over some vintage lace. The buttons easily draw the eye and if you not careful you will miss out on smaller details that act as little surprises.

The first little surprise detail is a row of straight stitches arranged in a fan and  topped with a plum coloured glass bead. They look a bit like flowers growing a row along the edge of the lace

crazy quilt detail

The next little surprise is the same type of treatment but running along the edge of another piece of vintage lace.

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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Take a Stitch Tuesday 131 Beaded Lock stitch

Beaded Lock stitch step sampleThis week I would like to share with readers a  variation on double lock stitch so I hope people enjoyed lock stitch! It is a very quick and easy to beaded embroidery stitch, that looks good as a border or worked row upon row for a filling stitch.

You need to be familiar with lock stitch to work this variety.

With this stitch the beading is done during the lacing process using a size 26 tapestry needle as you can thread cotton perle #8 and #5 through the eye of this needle yet it is thin enough to thread a bead and add it  to your stitching.

Beaded Lock stitch step 1Work a row of straight stitches of equal length.

The lacing is worked from right to left. Bring your thread out on the right side of the first straight stitch.
Pass the thread the needle under the first stitch from the left with the tip pointing right (as illustrated).Pull the needle under the straight stitch.

Add a bead to your working thread

Beaded Lock stitch step 2

Move to the next straight stitch and pass the needle under from the left with the tip pointing towards the right. Pull the thread through. This will lace together the first two foundation stitches with a bead in the middle. Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.

Continue in this manner along the line of foundation stitches. At the end of the line take your thread to the back of your work.

Beaded Lock stitch step  3Turn your work

Beaded Lock stitch step  4Work a second line of laced stitches adding beads in between every second foundation stitch as illustrated.

On this top line you can offset the beads to create a stepped pattern or you can align the beads to form a vertical ridge.

Beaded Lock stitch step  5Both worked row upon row create a highly decorative and quick filling stitch.

How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

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