How to Embellish CQ Seams

Sharon Boggon 2010

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Many new hands to crazy quilting get stumped when they start to embellish seams. So for this issue I have drawn out a few ideas for basic seam embellishments that new hands should not find too difficult.

Chain Stitch is very versatile. Here is an example of working a line of stitching and adding a few beads in the middle of the motifs to add a bit of zest.

You can work either side of the seam, flipping stitches from side to side.

Or you can zigzag the motifs along the seam like these:

and these:

Motifs can be as complex or as simple as you wish. These could be worked in Stem Stitch for the stem, Detached Chain for the flower and leaf and the middle could be a bead or a French Knot.

This motif consists of three Detached Chain Stitches and two Straight Stitches. You could finish them off with either a bead or a French Knot.

Stitches like Buttonhole Wheels can be worked as halves or quarters and arranged along a seam.

Or flipped from side to side,

or quartered,

or you can work two lines face to face.

Often, the trick is to take a very basic stitch, work a row, and then add another basic stitch as a second row

For instance, you can work a row of zigzag Straight Stitches, and then a second row of triangles also using Straight Stitches. Add a bead or so and you have an attractive seam.

This is a more complex arrangement of two rows of zigzag Straight Stitches that have been embellished further with a fan of Straight Stitches worked on every second peak. A bead or French Knot would finish off the seam embellishment nicely.

This seam also uses Straight Stitches to enclose another motif.

The first row of stitches can be quite complex such as these Straight Stitches that are the base of little floral motifs, which could be worked as seed beads or French Knots.

This foundation row is Buttonhole Stitch, which is then decorated with Straight Stitches and a seed bead

Buttonhole Stitch is an extremely versatile foundation row as the height of the arms can easily be changed to form a pattern.

It leads to endless possible combinations.

Both Chevron and Herringbone Stitches have a zigzag like structure which means you can make all sorts of additions. These Chain Stitches, Straight Stitches and beads have been added to the peaks of Chevron Stitch.

Or you can tuck extra stitches into the valleys, like I have done here with Herringbone Stitch.

You can build up quite complex patterns using this method.

Finally, one of the all time favourites for crazy quilters is Feather Stitch because you can add stitches to the end of each arm, creating some lovely patterns.

I hope this will give people a few ideas, and that you enjoy working and experimenting with some of them.

Sharon B of Pin Tangle [] also hosts a free Stitch Dictionary online []

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