| What fun it has been to collect the various seam treatments and motifs
included in the last three issues of CQMagOnline. I would like to express my
thanks once again to those who have taken the time to submit these favorites
stitches for publication.
This is my version of this stitch; not *my* stitch, just one I have seen
in my travels around the web.
First you need to find something to use as a template. I generally use
buttons, and use the holes to line up on the seams. You can see in the
picture the seam running through the middle of the button holes. A clear
button is good also, just depends on what size you want. I use a chalk pen
or disappearing ink marker.
I have drawn my first row of arches. I usually do both at the same time
(maybe I had a different plan for this seam originally??). So I do both
rows, the second one centered between the first. I have Chain Stitched this
Here you can see the chalk pen line, and the second row being done in
Some finishing ideas.
SILK RIBBON MOTIF by Karen Burke, Tomball Texas
The flowers are made with a 4mm silk ribbon using the Bullion-tipped Lazy
Daisy Stitch. Matching beads form the calyx of the flowers. Karen has used a gold
metallic Stem Stitch with Lazy Daisy Stitch leaves attached. The large leaves are
made with a metallic thread using the Fly Stitch. The spider web is a
couched metallic thread.
NEEDLE FELTED BIRD by Melanie Hollenshead, Brazoria, Texas
This block is one of a series Melanie is making for her Texas-themed
crazy quilt. She has taken a 3-ply angora thread and separated the fibers.
Using three shades of this thread and a single needle she has felted it into
the fabric. It has added a beautiful touch of realism to the bird.
SUNFLOWERS & BLUEBONNET by Melanie Hollenshead, Brazoria, Texas
The sunflowers are made with 4mm hand-dyed silk ribbon and the Japanese Leaf
Stitch. The centers are beaded and the stems are made with hand-dyed silk
thread using the Stem Stitch.
The bluebonnet is made with 4mm hand-dyed silk ribbon and a Loop Stitch.
With a matching thread she has secured each loop to the foundation. She
plans to use a fabric paint to add touches of white.
RAISED CHAIN BAND by Pat Creech, Katy, Texas
Pat has used the book written by Pat Trott, Three Dimensional
Embroidery Stitches, page 23, as an inspiration for this stitch.
Begin with a Ladder Stitch as indicated in the photo. You will go under
the top rung with the thread to the right, and then back under the same top
rung, making sure the thread is under the needle. Continue to the next rung
until all are covered.
FEATHER STITCH COMPARISONS by Pat Creech, Katy, Texas
Pat does some beautiful stitches using these two threads. I enjoyed
seeing the comparison and thought you might like it as well.
Using #8 Silken Pearl by Thread Gatherers
Using #12 Sulky thread, orange label
COMBINED STITCHES by Jan Campbell, Lake Jackson, Texas
The Feather Stitch is done with two strands of DMC floss. One side has
Straight Stitches using white flower thread. The opposite side is done with
the Detached Chain Stitch flower followed by Lazy Daisy leaves.
BEADED VINE by Jan Campbell, Lake Jackson, Texas
Using two strands of DMC floss, create a meandering vine of Lazy Daisy Chain
Stitches. Eight #11 seed beads form each flower.
PRETTY FLOWERS ALL IN A ROW by: Jan Campbell, Lake Jackson, Texas
Jans inspiration for these flowers are the following two books
written by Judith Baker Montano: Floral Stitches and Elegant
First flower six French Knots pg. 88, Floral Stitches
Second Rosette Stitch pg. 99, Elegant Stitches
Third five Lazy Daisy Stitches pg. 99, Floral Stitches
Fourth Detached Chain Stitch flower pg. 49, Floral Stitches
Fifth Cast-on Stitch pg. 48, Floral Stitches
Sixth French Knots pg. 88, Floral Stitches
Seventh Raised Straight Stitch pg. 68, Floral Stitches
Eighth wool rose pg. 75, Floral Stitches
SILK RIBBON MOTIF by Dolores Chafin, Sweeny, Texas
The silk ribbon embroidery is beautiful on this small Victorian purse.
Although I have no instructions I hope you will enjoy seeing the beautiful
work Dolores has done.