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.











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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.










Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WIP Wednesday again already

Gosh, the last week has flown by.  I do so promise that there will be another embroidery stitch this week :).



Today though, I wanted to share with you a wonderful bag that I am working on.  My quilting group held a fun bag making workshop.  Just a few pictures to share with you of the work in progress.  At this stage, I only have the outer shell finished to show you as I am trying to get this blog post finished to link up with the lovely Little White Dove blog again. My darn computer is not being very responsive tonight, so I don't have the other three photos to share at this time.   I will add them and update this post tomorrow, once my computer is cooperative again.  Here's hoping. 

This bag is going to turn into an amazing Carpet Bag style with a long metal magnetic closure.   I  hope to be able to do much more sewing on this project tomorrow, also.

You will just have to be satisfied with this one picture for today.


:)






These are the fabulous magnetic handles.  They will be covered in plain black fabric.





I have chosen a vertical stripe for the full lining.  There will be a zip pocket and pocket slots for phone, keys, liptick etc.





This is a fabulous piece of board sold as board base for bags.  This will give the bag true body and shape.

I will also be adding bag feet.  First I need a visit to Spotlight for those, but I can always add them in before I close up the seam opening in the lining.




Little White Dove