Work in Progress Wednesdays

Crazy quilted Hussif in progress This piece of crazy quilting is a part of my latest project which as regular readers will now is a hussif , a type of traditional sewing caddy. This piece will be a pouch/roll that will sit inside the hussif.

If you click on the image you will see a large version.

Last week on my work in progress post, when I wrote about this project  I explained how I always do the embroidery and then add beads, buttons and charms.  I was at the stage in the process where I was about to start adding beads.

This week I would like to say I have done that and finished the piece so I am ready to move on making 2 internal pockets.

I think readers would like to see and read about some of the details so here they are!

Crazy quilted Hussif in progress

Once again click on the image to see a larger view of it.

On this section I used half a hand dyed doily. I used procion dyes to dye it and it was added into the seam as I pieced.

The Woven Zig zag chain that I worked over rick rack is a TAST stitch .

The Feathered Up and Down buttonhole (on the left) is also a TAST stitch.

Hussif-SRE-rosesI used my Crazy quilt templates to create the curved lines in this little motif . I traced off the lines using the template then stitched them in stem stitch before adding the silk ribbon fargo roses , feather stitch, French knots and beads.

hussif vine

For the stems of this vine once again I used my Crazy quilt templates to create the curved lines of the vine.

Click on the image to see a larger view and enjoy!

What have you done this week towards your stitching goals?

Leave a comment and let us know.
As a side note for those interested in the mini challenge:

The idea is that people design their own sewing caddy or hussif in any style of quilting or embroidery. The is no deadline.  I presented some informal guidelines here.
One of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams

Crease free silk ribbon storage

One tip to keep have your silk ribbon embroidery look good is to use crease free silk ribbons! In other words iron them. Now this is a fiddly and annoying task so I am often asked how I store my silk ribbon so that is does not get scrunched.

silk ribbon holdersI keep many of my ribbons on these hand turned wood ribbon holders. These are made by Jerry my husband. However my ribbon stash has been growing quicker than he has been able to stand at his lathe. So I decided I needed to come up with another solution.

If you wind ribbons around something it will keep them crease free. Just about anything will do, for years I used the cardboard toilet roll innards to do the task! But I have been successfully using this method for a while now  and I thought I would share it!

Some people use the commercial thread bobbins to store their silk ribbon but this method has a problem as the commercial thread bobbins create a neat little crease ever inch or so as the ribbon is wrapped around the bobbin which is of course just what you do not want.

However I think I have a solution as I realised that all they needed was a little ‘padding’ to take out the hard edge that makes the crease. This padding is a plastic straw.

silk ribbon crease free 1Get a plastic drinking straw. Measure the straw against the thread bobbin and cut the straw  the length of the notch on the bobbin.

Do this twice so that you have one piece of straw for each side of your bobbin.

silk ribbon crease free 2With old scissors (these are old embroidery scissors that are now used for other things) cut the straw open, up the side.

silk ribbon crease free 3Slip the piece of straw over each side of the embroidery thread bobbin. The straw will stay on as it grips the bobbin.

silk ribbon crease free 4Wind your ribbon on not too tight and you will have no more creases!

silk ribbon on bobbinsI hope you find this tip useful.

It works trust me!

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All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.

For the Love of Stitching Sampler Band 613

hand embroidery detail on needlework stitching samplerThis area is found on section 44 of The for Love of Stitching Band Sampler. It is another of those little  journal /autobiographical snips. Every year Canberra had a very big flower show called Floriade and every year I go. Here I welcomed the season by stitching it on my sampler.


The text is back stitch and the tulips are worked in Leaf stitch.


Silk thread  hand dyed by me, and silk ribbon


Hand dyed dress linen


This section of the sampler was worked second half of 2009.


The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and consists of different strips of fabric which are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

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All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.