Top Knotted Buttonhole

Top Knotted Buttonhole stitch is a variety of buttonhole stitch with a knot set at the top of each arm. Instead of working it in a straight line, you can vary the length of the arms to create patterns. You can use it as a couching stitch to hold down …

Crazy quilt seam detail 438

This embellished seam is part of  block 65 of the I dropped the button box Quilt. A trail of beads sits above Cretan stitch which is worked in a metallic yarn. What is the story? This regular series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my …

R. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions a free ebook online

R. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions was published 1829 and has been digitized and made available as free Google ebook. For those with a tablet it is easily read or you can view it on your computer. The book contains some really lovely fashion plates of the day which will be …

For the Love of Stitching Sampler Band 613

This 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. Stitch: The …

Scroll Stitch

At first glance, Scroll Stitch does not look too exciting — but it is one of those stitches where you can use different threads creates to create all sorts of interesting effects from a braid-like stitch to a line of spaced knots. You can work it on a tight curve …

Crazy quilt seam detail 437

This embellished seam is part of  block 65 of the I dropped the button box Quilt. On this seam I decorated it with hand dyed lace, and along the edge I worked crossed buttonhole in perle #5 cotton thread. What is the story? This regular series aims to illustrate and …