Monday, December 26, 2011

Stitch-a-thon Day 1: In the Beginning

In this series of posts, I'd like to show you the process of adding hand stitchery to a fused art quilt. We'll go from start to finish using this quilt. (You may remember it from the How to Make an Improvised Art Quilt series. You can see how it was made here.) This quilt is our subject, our muse, our inspiration, our reason to live! In short.... what we're stitching.
Our quilt is ready to stitch because we have followed the 10 Commandments of Hand Stitching a Fused Art Quilt. (If you're not into commandments think of them as "suggestions".)  It is steam set to the batting and we'll stitch only through the batting and top layers of the quilt.
Always begin your stitching on the focal point of the quilt, in this case, the flowers. If you begin stitching a lot in a remote corner of the quilt, the focal point loses importance and a great deal of stitchery will be needed to balance the composition. Here, you see I've started with the Stem Stitch to outline the flower.

The thread is a Size 12 in the Pickle Juice colorway and a size 5 embroidery needle is used. The Stem stitches are placed right next to the silk flower on the blue background fabric. A few Straight Stitches are used in the flower opening and later at the base of the flower.

French Knots across the rim of the flower add some much needed texture. Each of the 3 flowers is done in turn. Please return tomorrow where we answer the question: Are those your anthers or are just happy to be stitching?

1 comment:

WoolenSails said...

I love seeing how and what stitches you are using, helps me to think about stitches to add to my pieces.