Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Coral Stitch

Well, this is the first time I have ever done this stitch and I am loving it.  This stitch does not follow the general rule for lefthanders.  In this stitch you do not work from right to left but from left to right.


Bring your thread up from underneath, take your thread over towards the right, insert your needle just above the thread and bring it back up just under the thread, as pictured. Hook your thread under the needle and pull your needle gently through to form a small loose knot.  Follow this same procedure over and over, working towards the right.  Voila, the very pretty decorative stitch.

I have added an extra line to the crazy patch block in the coral stitch as you can see in the photo below.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Boy's Summer Boardie shorts


Just for fun, I have decided to enter the #shortsontheline Sewalong.

My entry will be these groovy boardies I made in a Size 4 from a great pattern I had in my stash.
I love the stretch knit waistband plus drawstring, which makes it easy for the little ones to dress themselves.
They have a couple of great inset feature pockets on the sides. They also have extra squares of same fabric on the knees for the rough and tumble that boys get into.

Great for the beach or just summer fun.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Further Crazy Patch stitches

Further updates to the Crazy Patch.
Here are some pictures of some stitches I have been practicing and  getting the hang of.   My chevron stitch has improved and I finally achieved a bullion rose that I am happy with.   I hope some of you are following along with your own little crazy patch sampler.

I  decided to add some little beads inside the chain stitch.  I also decided to embellish the little blue flowers by using the bullion stitch.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Colonial Knot

The Colonial Knot is one of the embroidery stitches that I found hardest to pick up.  It just would not sink in for some reason.   I right handed friend took the time to sit opposite me in order for me to copy her movements.  I must say, ashamedly, that it took me a good half hour and must have tried her patience dreadfully for she had to repeat the stitch over and over.

This time I must apologise for some of my photos are a little blurry.   That is what comes from working on your stitching late at night and trying to photograph it yourself, while you are holding your stitching.   Anyway, at a later date, I will try to rephotograph the stitch for you.

The first step is to bring your thread up through the fabric.  You then take your needle around and under your thread from the left.
The next step as seen in the next photo is to make a figure eight
with your thread by wrapping it over up and around again.

Next step is to pull thread firm around your needle and at the same time insert this knot down onto the fabric with your needle.

Take your thread all the way through to the back and you should have a lovely little knot on the top of your work.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Further with Jane Austen

Well, having not heard back from the overseas company re my fabric selections, I decided to head off up the country from here to the beautiful town of Castlemaine in Victoria.  I remembered from a past trip that there was a particularly gorgeous Patchwork shop that specialises in Civil War fabric and other 19th Century fabrics.  Where better to find choices for my quilt.  The shop is called Threadbear and just to give you a taste of what they offer, I shall put a link here for you to follow:


Now you all know by now that my photos are not terrific.  I only have my phone to use for photographic purposes so, even with some editing on the computer, I could not get the richness of the colours correct.  Here is the selection and you will just have to take my word for it that they are all gorgeous rich shades of brown. I realise that the quilt will be a very dark one but that is the look I want for my quilt.  I want the actual embroideries to pop right out at me.

The above photo probably shows the true colour of the mid brown fabric as opposed to the one directly underneath.


At a later date, when my computer is also not misbehaving, I shall update this post by fiddling some more with the photographs and also add the names of the fabric lines as well.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chevron Stitch

This week's stitch is the Chevron Stitch.   I could have done quite a number of variations on last week's Chain stitch, but I think I will leave variations until we are all well under way with the basic stitches.
I actually love this stitch and since Chevrons seem to be all the go in the fabric world at the moment, I think it is very timely.

As you follow the diagram from A through to D, you will see that you bring your thread up at 1, with thread below your stitching you then go into the fabric at 2 and bring your needle up again at 3 (which is centred between 1 and 2). This makes the little horizontal straight line at the base of your stitch.   The thread is then carried up and to the left of stitching, inserted at 4 and needle up again at 5.
This makes your first diagonal line in the pattern.  You then place your needle into the fabric again, slightly to the left of 4, this is counted as no. 6 and then needle out again at 7. That makes the top straight line of the pattern.   You continue in this manner until you have created a length of Chevron stitches that you require in your needlework.


Thursday, June 06, 2013

More Jane Austen and Crazy Patch updates

It is that time of the week again where I fill you in on updates from my two projects.   The first is my Jane Austen quilt and the second is the little crazy patch block that I am using as a demonstration of some of the stitches we are learning along the way.


The above blocks are just some of the blocks from my Jane Austen quilt.  There are 20 blocks in all and at the moment I am focusing on adding the first narrow border to the embroidered blocks.  I haven't actually received my chosen fabrics for the rest of the quilt yet.   They are in the process of being ordered from the U.S.   I have had a great deal of trouble finding the fabrics I want to use here in Australia.   I want to try and keep this quilt as much in context with the era of Jane Austen novels.  I have tried to pick fabrics that are similar to the dress fabrics of the day.

In the above Crazy Patch block, I have now added a little row of chain stitch in a dusty mid blue colour and also some little bullion stitches in a bright blue.   As we go along, I shall be adding more and more stitches to this little block.


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch is a pretty little stitch that can be used as a decorative stitch also.  As the stitch name suggests, it consists of lots of little links.     First thing is to come up from under your work, make a loop and place needle back down very close to where you came up, then catch the needle through the fabric and around your needle base in order to make the first loop 

Next is to pull your thread slowly in order to make your first loop.

Then place needle down in the same spot as first loop finished, pull up and slowly make your next loop.

Keep going until you have made a complete row of chain stitch.

I have redone the pictures in this instruction and am still not quite happy with them.  I will redo them again in the future.  In the meantime, it does give you a good example as to how this stitch is produced.