One of my lovely customers sent me this example of CRAZY QUILTING today. I love to see how crazy quilter’s use my products and what they create with them. Sheila has graciously shared photos of a crazy quilted tote bag she has been working on. I love the dragon and I can see a wee bit of sparkle chainette which sadly I had to discontinue but you could easily substitute Kreinik braid. There are various sizes of perle cotton you can see as well. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing Sheila. Just a quick post today but more on Friday.
I am very excited to share a beautiful example of CROSS STITCH today created by my very talented friend and fibre artist, Susan Pilotto. You can read more about Susan on her blog at SP Mousedroppings. Introducing “Blackbird Barrel Pin Cushion”.
For the longest time I have coveted those cross stitched pin-keep barrels that I have seen here and there online. So I took the plunge and decided to create one for myself.
I began my search for an old cross stitch pattern and came up with this one from my an old thrift store book called “Charted Folk Designs from Countries along the Danube” by Maria Foris – a Dover Needlework Book.
The cross stitch linen was ordered from Lori of “NotForgotton Farm” Its her line of farmhouse linen that she ages and stains which saves me from doing it myself. The embroidery floss was dyed by my friend Lorraine who has an Etsy store from which she sells her hand dyed threads.
I have embellished the top edge of this pin-keep with Bullion knots…I think they add a nice decorative touch. I stuffed it with Lavender buds and now it scents the air nicely where ever it is placed. I really enjoyed making this piece and hope to do more in the future…maybe with a wee critter on top.
I think this turned out beautifully. Susan sells her lovely creations in her Etsy shop – might want to sign up for the next time she has a sale. I’ll warn you now, she sells out really fast!!!
Bloomin Beauties Block #2 – WOOL APPLIQUE! As I mentioned in previous posts, this is Kathleen’s version of Bloomin Beauties, a pattern by Kim Schaefer. You can find this in Kim’s Flower Festival book.
Kathleen has bordered her leaves using wool thread couched with perle cotton. The center is accented with a combination of stem stitch and straight stitches. She has opted to add no border to the petals instead choosing to repeat the combination of stem and straight stitches in a size 5 perle cotton. The center is slightly padded to give it a raised appearance with seed beads. This is bordered with lovely cast-ons.
I admire the way Kathleen repeats her stitch choices and uses a balance of both variegated threads with solids. Once again, thank you Kathleen – hope she has inspired you wool applique enthusiasts! Have a great weekend.
You can find all of the posts related to this project under Categories – Wool Applique in the right sidebar.
This is a project Chelsie stitched as a gift for her nephew, Ryder. The background is 28 count even weave (MCG Textiles) in an antique white. Chelsie created the pattern in Excel with a picture she found online which she then transferred to the linen. The hoop is about 6” and hangs in Ryder’s nursery.
Chelsie used a double-up method where she folds one strand of floss to make two. She has used, colour #188 in a 6 strand floss.
Thanks so much for sharing this Chelsie. You can find colour #188 here.
The “Nine Patch Tray” pattern is designed by Terri Bay and stitched on 28 count linen. The pattern was inspired by a nine patch quilt block. It is worked in whitework and blackwork along with ladder hemstitch dividing bands and measures about 6” finished. You will note a variety of pulled thread stitches with lots of eyelets.
Linda took this in a class and has used a blush linen for her background. She used both size 8 and size 12 perle cotton, colour #2. Colour #2 is a very soft blend of blues and lavenders. She accented with dark purple blackwork in back stitching and double running stitch. It is a work in progress as she is currently working on hemstitching between and around the patches as shown in the photo. She will follow this by stitching the borders.
Thank you so very much for sharing this Linda!
I thought you might like to see a photo of the original designed by Terri Bay.
Generally my CHORUS OF COLOURS series focuses on ONE of my colour combinations but in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day we are celebrating GREEN!
I LOVE GREENS! Today I have chosen a selection of greens that I stock in the shop. So, here is the list
All the following are available in size 5, 8, 12 perle cotton and 6 strand floss
- #184 is a blend of various values of spring green
- #168 is a blend of yellow greens with hints of gray/green
- #169 is a blend of blue/greens
- #18 is a darker blend of forest greens
- #127 is a multi-blend of greens
I have four different green TRIOS as well. For those of you who may not be familiar with my trios, they are a collection of 3 values of solid or semi-solid size 5 perle cotton that coordinate well with my hand dyes. They are offered in 3 – 10 meters skeins (30 meters). You can find the trios here.
I find that there are so many stitching options with green so I will leave the choice up to you. Remember, you can find a variety of the greens here.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
When I first started crazy quilting I scoured thrift stores for lace. As I am sure many of you know there is a lot of nylon lace out there. I have experimented with dyeing nylon but it only dyes well using disperse dyes. Well, I did manage to find this lovely quite wide lace which is cotton. Many times I dye the lace but I chose to keep it “natural” on this occasion. Once I had laid the lace over the seam treatment, I added some trim at the bottom. I then added some tubular ribbon gathered to create small flower buds. This was further embellished with the addition of Kreinik 1/16″ ribbon.
I thought I would share a hint today. Many times when I am laying lace over a seam treatment I use a little strip of Wonder Under fusible to hold the lace in place. This allows me freedom in stitching. You can purchase it in rolls of 1/4″ wide which works well 🙂
I added small partial woven wheels at the top using Kreinik size 8 braid.
At the bottom I added flowers that I had dyed many years ago in my stash. These were stitched in place using Size 5 Perle Cotton with the addition of French knots in the surrounding area.
A beautiful sample of EMBROIDERY today. Kerry has graciously shared this lovely creation.
This is a shawl/scarf Kerry has stitched for her Mom’s birthday in June. The background is a cotton/linen blend fabric and the shawl measures 17 x 57 inches. The wreaths are spaced 2.5″ apart. She has used size 12 perle cotton in colour #185 for the lavender wreaths. The circles are stitched in size 12 perle cotton, , a lovely spring green.
Kerry mentioned that she felt if she stitched a second shawl that she would use floss versus the size 12 as she felt it would lay better on the fabric. Thank you for sharing this beautiful gift Kerry! 🙂
Despite my best attempts sadly I am unable to guarantee my threads are colourfast. I did want to mention that when using my threads in projects that may be washed, please follow this procedure. Fill a small pot with water and boil. This pot should NOT be used for any other purpose. Pots are readily available in thrift stores. Unwind the skein and tie at both ends with inexpensive acrylic yarn. Add the skein to the boiled water and soak for approximately 5 minutes. Repeat the process until the water rinses clear. Dry your skein and use as desired. Hope this helps.
This is Block #1 of Kathleen’s wool applique quilt. As I have mentioned previously Kathleen chose “Bloomin Beauties” pattern from Kim Schaefer’s Flower Festival book for this project. So, let’s begin.
The background is a heavy black flannel and all the wool is hand dyed wool. Kathleen started with a patterned wool for the leaves layered over a solid green. The stem is a patterned wool and the flower background is a solid wool layered with a patterned wool. She has used size 5 perle cotton in various colour combinations. The leaves are bordered with a fly stitch. The flower is bordered with a chain stitch with the addition of seed beads at the top. The inner section of the flower is bordered with heavy chain and Palestrina stitch.
Her combination of colours is lovely. Kathleen almost always leave some area of her block without any stitching as seen with her stem.
I find the simplicity of these blocks very appealing. As there are so few elements it really allows the stitching to show up and THE THREADS! Naturally you could easily further embellish if you wished – more stitching, beads, buttons etc. I will be sharing more of Bloomin Beauties in upcoming posts.
If you are not familiar with these stitches a fantastic resource are Mary Corbet’s stitch videos at NeedleNThread.
Hope Kathleen has inspired you! Have a great weekend.
For those of you who have been following my blog you may remember I experimented with wool applique last year only to discover I have a sensitivity to wool, something I should have remembered from childhood as I never buy wool clothing. Alas, I remember now!
My friend and very talented stitcher Kathleen has graciously agreed to share one of her projects she completed last year. Kathleen has been quilting for many years and she particularly enjoys hand work and especially embellishing wool applique quilts.
Kathleen chose a pattern from Kim Schaefer’s “Flower Festival” book. The book features 50 blocks of appliqued flowers and bugs. There are a total of nine projects in a contemporary folk-art style focusing on garden themes. All the blocks measure 8×8 so you may create either the quilts featured in the book OR mix and match to create more personalized quilts.
The pattern chosen is “Bloomin Beauties”and measures 56×38. The background blocks are a heavy black flannel and all the hand dyed wool for the appliqued flowers is available from Wool Penny Rugs. She has embellished each of her flowers using Colour Complements threads – yes, ALL MY THREADS! Naturally I am thrilled and really excited to share this project.
Thank you so very much for agreeing to share this project Kathleen. Stay tuned for the first block on Friday!