Thursday, October 23, 2014

Turkey Work Stitch

Hi there all.   This week I am endeavouring to bring you the Turkey work stitch.


Silly me was racking my brain all night wondering why this was named so.   I kept thinking this is nothing like a Turkey.   Then it suddenly dawned on me.   It is named after the country from which it is thought to have originated    :)








The aim of this decorative stitch is to make lots of what I call fluffery.   I will only be showing you how to do one line here, but I hope to add some to my Crazy Quilt Block when I can.

First start from the top of your work.   You want to hold on to a little piece of thread, no knotting off.   You want a little tail on top.

For the first stitch, bring your needle up on the right of tail and insert needle back down as close as possible to the little tail.  Make sure you hold the tail down as you do this, so that you don't pull it out.

 
 
 
 
Your stitch should then look like the next picture.
 
 



Next,  bring your thread back up from underneath, as close as possible to the right of the stitch you just made.   Unfortunately, this isn't very clear in the next picture as my needle when inserted covers over the said stitch.   You are then going to work to the left, making a loop as you go, bringing the needle up and out again at the left point of the first stitch.  Do not pull through, the aim is to be making little loops.

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Keep following this process working to the left, making the straight stitch and then the loop.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You should then end up with a line of little loops. Ending with the tail on top.   
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next, get a small pair of scissors and cut in the centre of each loop, so you end up with a line of, what I call fluffery.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Not that I have shown you here, but you can then do numerous rows of these stitches side by side so that you end up with a thickness of fluffery.    If you are anywhere near my age group, you may remember shag pile carpet.   That's what it reminds me of once it is all grouped together.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Just thought I would pop by and share my William Morris quilt progress with WIP Wednesday over at The Little White Dove.

Also with my lovely friends here :).  

I have been working on the hand quilting on this project all year. I was hoping to have it all done by December, but I am now realising that it will probably take me another three or four months past that.  I am hand echo quilting the entire project and now have the border emblems left to embellish

Hope you like it as much as I do.    










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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tulip Stitch




This week, I am endeavouring to bring you the tulip stitch.  

 



 


First thing, insert needle up through fabric and taking your thread to left, make a loop shape and insert needle in and out as shown. 


 




 
 






This will allow you to make a small catch in the centre of the bottom of the loop.
Take the needle point up on the right and about a third of the way up the side of the stitch.
 




You then pull your thread through and rethread it back through the small catch stitch to the other side. Take your thread down under fabric in a slightly loose manner so that it makes a nice curved stitch under the top loop.