Thursday, July 31, 2014

Snail Trail Stitch

Hi all,  I am still trying to get my sewjo back from being away on holiday.   I found my crochet and knitting have taken over for a little while, but that's okay as it is winter here and I always feel like knitting in winter.

Today's stitch is another lovely decorative one.  It is known as snail trail, but quite frankly, looks like a row of little fishies to me.  Whatever it is, it is lovely no matter what it is called.



There are a couple of little tricks to getting this stitch right.   The first one is the most important!   When sewing on your lap, make sure you don't sew your embroidery through to your trousers, as I just did  LOL.
The second is, when making the loops hold them down with your finger to help keep the shape otherwise they can take on a shape of there own   ;)

First things first, come up from under your work.   This time, without rhyme or reason, us lefties are supposed to work from left to right.    So, make a loop and insert needle as shown in the picture on an angle.  You want the bottom of your needle to come up in a straight line with your first insertion point.   Hold the loop lightly with your finger while pulling the thread through to make the loop size and shape you want.










This is how your line of snail trail should look.  I do need a little practice.  It is another I have found to be hard to get consistent sizing in the loops.




 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sheaf Stitch

This little stitch is just tooo tooo cute....Reminds me of little tied bundles of hay.   Now I just know I have to add some of these to my crazy patch block as well.    I am sure I have room left on it for some somewhere.    Simply make three small vertical lines to start with.











Next bring your needle up through from the back of the middle stitch and pull through.   Then thread it under the stitch to the right of centre













Okay, then, pull your thread over and in front of the threads to the left thread.  You now place needle behind the stitches and meet up with the point at which your wrapping stitch started.







Voila....one more very pretty and decorative stitch.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Seed Stitch

Hello, I am back from my little hiatus.   This time I am bringing one of the simplest stitches ever.   It is called Seed Stitch and is done quite small. It is basically used as a filler stitch, but you can draw shapes like leaves and flowers and fill them in with seed stitch if you wish and give them an outline.

Once again, I will whine about the fact that the photos are not of best quality.   I went to a lot of trouble altering the exposure sharpness and colouring through the little free photo editing program Ribbet.   I know for a fact that I saved over the original photos.   My silly computer in all its' wisdom has decided to share the unvarnished pictures.   Never mind, you get the drift.   Again, I will come back at a later date and redo the photos.   A little short on time at the moment, having already spent over an hour fiddling around just to write a simple blog post......Until next time....have fun in stitches   :)




The idea is to make two little stitches, one above the other and quite close together.







This should give you the idea.







Then just continue to make as many little combination stitches as required to fill in your open spaces














Sunday, June 01, 2014

Scroll Stitch and A little Hiatus


Now this stitch would have to be one of the line stitches that I am loving the most, at the moment.   Yet another that is a little tricky to indeed get the tension correct, but with a little practice, you will be happy with the result. 

I think it is so pretty that I am going to add some lines to my Crazy Patch block.

First things first, come up from under your work, and working towards the left for us lefties, proceed to make a small loop as shown in the photo.  You then place your needle on an angle in the centre of the loop and while holding the loop in place, gently pull your thread closed to make a little knot.







The trick ofcourse is to keep making these knots in a row as evenly as possible.






Voila!   I Love It.   


In my post name, I have mentioned a little hiatus.   Well some exciting news, I am on a little adventure/holiday overseas.   See you when I get back girls....make sure you keep practising all of the lovely stitches that I have so far brought to you.    :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday. WIP around and Triangle Quilt Along Link Up


Well it is that time of the week again to link up with The Little White Dove.   I can excitedly say that this link up has really made me prioritise my own personal sewing.  I have all but finished the triangle quilt that I first posted about when I started linking up and here is the progress to date.
The only thing left to do, is to hand sew down the binding.  It is just pinned down at this point, but that will only take me a couple of nights while watching television.

I decided to back it with a great piece of vintage sheeting that I purchased.  I actually love red and green together and the triangular pattern I thought was just such a suitable match.    I call this my $15 quilt.   The fabric I won from another gorgeous blogger over in the US. The batting was going out for $6.50 (polyester) at a closing down sale of a fabric store in the city. The vintage sheeting I purchased $8.50 from an online Facebook shop.    BARGAIN.   Just as a heads up though, I won't use polyester in my quilts ever again. It was a very uneven surface for pinning and quilting and the finished quilt has no real warmth to it.   Wool batting for me all the way from now on.





Incidentally, I don't know why the photo of the front of the quilt turned out so washed out.  If you want the true colour just go back to my last post about it.  The photo was perfect from my Ipad but when transferring it to my main computer it changed colour.   Never mind.   It even looks correct when I shared it on Flickr.  









 
Here it is, a completely finished quilt. Just a nice close up to try and give you a true picture of the fabric colours.











Little White Dove
The Sassy Quilter

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Satin Stitch

Wow, three posts in one week. Who would have thought, I must be feeling inspired. Anyway, this one is about Satin stitch.   Now this stitch, I think is easy to do in theory. Just placing one stitch next to the other on an angle, very closely.  The thing is, it is very tricky to get your tension even.  So, for this post I have done pretty well, but could definately do much much better.



First, I drew a little leaf shape.  Of course, on your own work, please don't copy me and use pen.  It was the only thing I had on hand at the time. A HB pencil, pressing lightly, is the best.






Continue placing your stitches close together and on an angle until you have completely filled in your stitch.







 
 
 
 

 
 

A Finished WIP. Gorgeous Carpet Bag

Well, I must say, I am so thrilled how my new  handbag has turned out. There is over seven hours work in this one.  The most time was taken while doing the quilting of the outside fabric and the lining with the added zip pocket and open pockets with room for phone, lipstick and keys etc.  You also need to make a casing in which to hold the base board.  The easiest part, believe it or not, was adding the casing in which to thread the metal magnetic handle.

I can certainly say, this is my selfish sewing project.

I was asked by a lady in one of the quilting groups online just what the measurements are.  They are approx. 14"wide x 11"high and 5"deep.