playing with needles, fibers, and fabrics

This week’s stitch in Sharon B’s Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge is Cretan Stitch. Here’s how I applied it to one of my crazy quilt blocks:

You can see that on two seams I augmented it with detached chain stitches and straight stitches. On the center seam I tried variations of closed Cretan stitch. On the purple seam I stacked them, going over the seam three times with variegated thread. On the last seam, I used open Cretan stitch, and then laced it twice with other shades of blue.



This week, on Sharon B’s blog, Pintangle, The Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge continues, with feather stitch. This is one of my favorite stitches, and I have several ideas for playing with it, but on this block, I just got into covering it with feather stitch:

I got my block back from Arlene today, and it’s beautiful! Here’s what it looked like to start with:

And here’s what it looks like now:

I especially like the flowers she added!

This week’s challenge is buttonhole stitch. You can see Sharon’s post about it here: Take a Stitch Tuesday week¬†2 – Pin Tangle – Pin Tangle.

Here’s what I did with it:

i don’t feel as if I got as inspired with this stitch as I sometimes do, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Sharon B of Pin Tangle has revived her Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge for 2012. You can find the overall information about the challenge here: Take a Stitch Tuesday 2012 Challenge Information page РChallenges РPin Tangle.

This week’s stitch is Fly Stitch:

Since I still have a big stack of crazy quilt blocks to embellish, I’m using them as the ground on which I play with each week’s stitch. Here’s crazy quilt block #36:

TAST 2012 Week 1 - Fly Stitch

On the red section of the block, I made a double wheel of fly stitches, while on the seams, I stacked them in various ways, both vertically and horizontally.

I just got the first of my three blocks back from Kathy Shaw’s Round Robin! This one was embellished by Kathy, and I think it’s Gorgeous!

I finished embellishing this one last night:

I used variations of feather stitch, detached chain stitch, and French knots, in #8 perle cotton, two strands of DMC floss, and two strands of DMC metallic floss. What do you think?