Week 5: Herringbone Stitch
Inspired by the work of Annie Bowers on the Facebook TAST Group, I used the herringbone stitch as a filler on my tree. It was a fun idea that I would not have come up with myself.
The outline of the tree was added to my Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018 February block with a stem stitch, but I did not like all of the open space. This was a great solution!
This arched seam was created with size 12 black perle cotton and chain stitches.
First, I traced the arches from one of Sharon B.'s crazy quilt templates. (Regular readers may recall I received them in exchange for an honest review. I still love using them!)
Next, I whipped the chain stitch with a variegated pink size 8 perle cotton.
Working with these stitches was so much fun, I kept playing!
Using another stencil, I marked the foundation fabric on the back of the block.
I used these dots as guides to create another herringbone stitched seam.
On one side of the herringbone stitched seam, I added small bullion knots. Small fly stitches were placed beneath each bullion. These were all made with size 8 variegated pink perle cotton. Blue seed beads were added to the other side of the seam.
Using size 8 green perle cotton, I chain stitched the stem.
Next, I whipped the chain stitches and couched the same thread around the shapes of the leaves. Herringbone stitches filled them in.
A pink lace flower that I purchased from Raviolee Dreams a couple of years ago inspired me to create the stem and leaves. I couched it onto the block with a matching strand of pink floss and filled the center with blue seed beads.
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TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal challenge to learn a new embroidery stitch every week.
You may learn more about TAST here and find the Facebook group here.
CQJP stands for Crazy Quilt Journal Project. This is a personal challenge to complete a crazy quilt block each month that is at least 8-inches square. You may learn more about CQJP 2018 and see the beautiful blocks other participants have created here.