Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jane Austen Bonnet quilt again

Well, finally.   I am so excited to say that I have managed to get one complete panel of my Jane Austen Bonnet quilt together.  To be honest, I never thought I would see the day.   I know, still so much more to do yet.   Now, though, there is light at the end of the tunnel.   Only three more panels to piece and then join the whole lot together. Yay!

My little phone does not take the best pictures and even with a little editing I still have not been able to get the beautiful warm browns in the fabric to show or the yellowy beige of the embroideries to look as they do in real life.   Hopefully, once I have it all together, someone might be able to take a true picture of it for me.

I thought I would just add my progress into this last post.    Finally all 20 blocks stitched together.
Next job is to attach a black 1/4" border and a 2"cream border.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

French Knot

The French knot is so much fun and so easy to do.   I love this little stitch so much.   It is also the main stitch used in candlewick embroidery (which is usually done all in one colour) and it is usually cream candlewick cotton that is used.   I have done candlewick embroidery and just love it.   I made a huge candlewick piggy of all things...must add a photo of him some time for you all to see.

Anyway, here are the instructions for the French Knot.

First things first.   Bring your thread up from underneath your work and wrap your cotton around your needle two, three or even four times, depending on what size French knot you would like to end up with.

The next step is to gently tighten the loops together and place your needle almost straight down into the spot your thread came up from.

Gently hold in place and voila your finished French Knot.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Fly Stitch

This little stitch is known as the fly stitch.   It is such a versatile little stitch.   It can be made as lots of separate little stitches or combined to make trailing vines or beautiful leaves in any way shape or form that you desire.

It is one that you can experiment with endlessly to get different designs.  I am just showing you a couple of ways today