This detail at first looks a little complex. The seam is embellished with a line of feathered up and down stitch. This has been threaded with a textured bubbly yarn. At the end of the spikes of the up and down stitch I have used bullion knots. They have a high number of wraps (probably about 25) so they form little circles. From these I have used 3 straight stitches on the back one to seat them.
Hand dyed perle thread #5 for the feathered up and down stitch and, and it was threaded with a highly textured knitting yarn.
Hand dyed perle thread #8 for the bullion knots.
I used 2 strands of cotton floss and one of a metallic blending thread in the straight stitches.
Placement and Foundation Fabric:
This seam is between pieces 4, 3, and 6 and piece 7. You will find the diagram in the article I wrote when I introduced block 7 In the same article I also talked about the foundation fabrics I used.
Procion cold water dyes for the cotton threads
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.
I can’t think of a more elegant incentive to master bullions! This is so exquisite.