Friday, July 2, 2010

A Little Stitching in Red

I am loving Series 2 of 'The Quilt Show'! These upcoming projects are going to be so much fun. Episode 201 was all about stitching- redwork and silk ribbon.

I have always enjoyed stitching but had never done the stem stitch so it was a first. I spent a lot of time on line looking for a pattern that inspired me and didn't find anything until I realized I could take any quilting pattern and use that! How perfect! I almost did a feathered wreath but I really wanted something simple for my first project.

After I finished this I got started right away on a bigger project...(I really was not supposed to add another handwork project to my pile but I could not resist!)Luckily it doesn't have to be done until Christmas.

Isn't he going to be lovely. This is from BHG American Patchwork and Quilting Issue Dec 1999.

Next was silk ribbon embroidery with Judith Baker Montano. If I liked this type of look I would hop to her studio for a class. She just seemed like such a wonderful and patient teacher. I enjoyed the silk ribbon in small quantities! So a small embellishment project perhaps would be fun.
Maybe I would feel differently if I had
 a) a proper needle
b) non cheap silk ribbon
c) proper size of silk ribbon

But I enjoyed the lesson nonetheless.

Next on the project list was watercoloring a background to use with silk ribbon or crazy quilting. Let's just say that not ALL of us should take up watercoloring on paper or fabric. As my paint was either clumping on my fabric ( not enough water) or running in a stream through my fabric (too much water perhaps?) I remembered that I was never good at watercolors at any time in my life. So my sample will get tucked away never to see the light again.

This was great fun! Happy stitching!


  1. You are learning an amazing lot! I wish I wasn't so busy so I could join too and work along with you... Once I am sorted !!