Crazy quilters are always looking for new ways to combine embroidery stitches to cover and embellish seams. I must be an exception to that, or just plain lazy, as I tend to use the same stitches and combination of stitches, over and over again. To jump out of that rut, I thought I’d track some of my embroidery embellishment, by taking pictures and showing you what I’m doing. Maybe I’ll get inspired to be more inspiring!
Sharon Boggon’s (inaminuteago) is taking this idea (and she posted first; darn it all! she is a Busy and Energetic woman!) to a new level with her “100 details in 100 days“. She has a number of people following along, and has a Flickr group with photos too. She has an awesome stitch dictionary too.
This is the card I made for a friend’s wedding a few days ago. The lines are feather stitch with a single chain or a french knot inside. The flowers dotted around the line are single chain (also known as lazy daisy or detached chain), french knots, backstitch, split stitch, and stem stitch. The butterflies are 4 single chain stitches at right angles to each other and a single straight stitch for the body. The antennae are french knots with a tail… I’ll try to get a photo and illustrate this, but essentially what you do is: come up through the fabric with your needle, wind the thread around your needle for a french knot, and INSTEAD of going down close to where your needle came up, you go down a millimeter or two away (or as far away as you want the tail to be) from where the needle came out of the fabric. Really, it’s easy! It just sounds complicated.
Update: Phew! I found a tutorial for “french knot with a tail” I was trying to describe. Classic Stitches Magazine Online calls it a pistil stitch or longtailed french knot.
A book I use for inspiration (and I should use it more often) is Carole Samples’ Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches. She seems like a wonderful woman, although I’ve never met her. I certainly appreciate all the work she put into her book! It is a “must-have” for anyone that is even semi-serious about crazy quilting. Sharon B. has some more info on Ms. Samples.