Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | August 14, 2014

Take A Stitch Tuesday- Nos. 124 and 125

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo. 124 Closed Herringbone.  I played with different sizes but my favourite is the last, smallest two colour version.  Seeing it in my hand it is neat and would make a good border  The photo is not so good.  I used some DMC, crochet and tatting threads that my DD and myself dyed.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo. 125 Beaded Herringbone. Threads are DMC perle– top one does not have much twist to it..

Sharon’s sample looks so neat but I couldn’t do the stitch justice.  I tried various ways to cross the beads at the second position from the bottom..No could do.

I counted the spaces across and down in Sharon’s sample – still no good so I just played.

What I did find that worked, for me, was to lay the beads on the first bar and found they sat in a neater way.

I tried this on the second row and also on the last half of the 3rd row.


Don’t forget to check out how you can join in learning new stitches here.  Sharon freely shares her tutorials and there is no time limit or pressure.  Check out the rest of her blog while you are there.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | August 4, 2014

CQJP August block

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsing Sharon’s block pattern No 46 I’ve stitched a Lyrebird, gum blossom and our State emblem Epacris impressa or pink heath .

I had been struggling to decide what to do with the block as I had some brownish lace stitched down on the long left seam.  Nothing looked good on it so it was removed and a tree put in place.  I didn’t have much bother after that.


The Lyrebird pattern is from a quilting book ‘ Medieval designs for applique’ by Eileen Campbell.



from Flickr. Australian grass trees Wikipedia image of Australian 'scrub'- or 'bush'I thought I should add photos relating to a lyrebird.  They live in the scruby or bushy areas similar to the photo from Wikipedia- on the right and the left photo from Flickr shows a group of grass trees, which I had beside my lyrebird.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 24, 2014

TAST Nos.122,123-Chained Bar and Woven Chained Bar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo. 122- Chained bar, worked over knitted rayon tape with DMC  ‘metallic jewel effects’.  Sadly it moves and doesn’t look neat.  Perhaps I should have twisted the thread as I stitched.

No. 123- Woven Chained Bar.  Second attempt at this.

Again I used the knitted rayon tape as a base and hand-dyed silk thread for weaving.  My error yesterday doing this was to have the bar too deep and stitching too wide, making the chain stitches loose when weaving.  This time I placed the zig-zag points closer and 2 rows instead of 3 of the tape.  Not perfect but much better and as I like the effect, will be using it more.

For more information of Take-A-Stitch-Tuesday, please visit Sharon’s Pintangle


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 23, 2014

TAST Nos. 120-121

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADouble Herringbone –  No 120 worked on Aida cloth with thick DMC cotton thread.


Twisted Lattice Band – No 121.    Same threads as above, which DD and myself over-dyed recently.  The original colours were dreary.

Here is a link to Sharon’s Take-a-Stitch-Tuesdays  Free to all needleworkers, no stress involved and a wonderful way to expand your knowledge of stitches.

I actually finished the newest stitches No 122/123 but my woven leaves, when photographed, looked woeful -so it’s back to the beginning for my sample.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 23, 2014

WIPW – Work in progress Wednesday. Hussif

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have added Buttonhole wheels to the lace.  the true colour is ‘tea’ but again my camera work is poor.

The second photo has my flowers.  The stem of the left one used Rope stitch with Woven Chain leaves.

Fargo roses with a border of Kiko’s Flower stitch in the centre and Beads, and French knots with Feather stitch stems and a few detached chains..before I ran out of the thread.



It is never too late to join in the fun of creating your own hussif or needle-roll.  You can find out more details here of Sharon’s challenge.  No stress involved as we work at our own pace.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 16, 2014

WIPW – Hussif

I have begun the outside of my hussif and thought I should post something of what I’m doing.  I’ll be keeping to mainly cream tones.  I still haven’t completed the inside but it’s slowly coming along.

WIP hussif front

WIP hussif front

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 3, 2014

CQJP July Block

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACrazy Quilters Journal Project.

I used Sharon’s block 4 pattern.  Sharon has many different block patterns that she freely shares and I’ve found it saves a lot of time when I use them.  Thank you Sharon.

It’s hard to believe the year is half over but it’s fun to do these little works between other projects.



Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 3, 2014

TAST No. 118- Beaded Buttonhole and No.119 Woven Trellis stitch

Here is my sample for the Beaded Buttonhole, which was quick, simple and offers ideas for various designs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did a short sample of this stitch on the left side.  Then I played with sloping varieties.

The longer yellow sample began while I was watching a Wimbledon tennis match (The 19 y.o Aussie, Kyrgios, beat Nadal) and I obviously got carried away and did not count spaces correctly.               I’m leaving it as a warning to myself to concentrate on one thing at a time.

I stitched one whole line and then worked backward.  I left a single Aida row between but it does not sit well.

The last version is how I meant the pattern to be and I did the second row as close to the first as possible.

I had stitched Woven Trellis back in 2010 and the link to this work is here and here

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis work was also done for TAST 2 in 2010

DMC perle 8 green and – from memory- Sassa Lynne variegated thread for the flowers.




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is today’s effort.  DMC Perle 5 pink and red threads. DMC 5 green, with little twist to it.

I worked into one hole for the centre pink and left the straight stitches as I like them this way.  The other pair have a small square space under the green bead.

I fancied a wreath and shortened the stitches to make berries.  No centre hole left for the first 3  and  square spaces for those on the right.  It is harder to get the needle through the bulk of threads so I found it faster and easier to keep the centre open and cover it with a bead (which I’ve forgotten to add)

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 17, 2014

TAST No.117 Beaded van Dyke…trial and error

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHearing that other ladies, as well as myself,  had trouble with this stitch I decided to have another go at it but changing the method in the first sample.

I did the bullion part first, kept the work quite loose -closing the bullion a little more as I worked the right side down through the hole and back across to the left.   I found this way was easier.


The blue version is the way it is supposed to be ( well, the way mine turns out) with the bullion on the right side.  I prefer the yellow lot as the blue bullions refused to sit nicely at all and the centre is nasty.

The blue is finished off with an ordinary van Dyke stitch to hold it down and I used the blue to do the same with the yellow…

Now I’m wondering if Sharon’s DD Eve might have a place for me in her Circus as a contortionist as I had heaps of practise doing my No.117s.  There were times I wished I were an octopus.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 16, 2014

TAST Nos.116 and 117

No.116 Beaded vanDyke No117. Bullion vanDyke

No.116 Beaded vanDyke
No117. Bullion vanDyke

No.116 Beaded vanDyke includes the variations except for the last row.  When I made the decreasing rows on the right side, I thought that would make a good butterfly but kept stitching and found it also made a good diamond shape.   I began by adding French knots to the upper part of the vanDyke stitch for antenna on the green ‘butterfly’.

No. 117  the Bullion vanDyke and here I have to confess to failing this stitch.  I spent hours trying to get a perpendicular look to this stitch – it’s a surprise to me the cloth did not fall apart from over use.

Normally I’d blame tension but try as I did, keeping the thread loose, it still tightened enough to slant..

So sorry Sharon but this won’t be listed as a favourite for me.  I scored, at least, by keeping my cool during the frustration LOL.

Threads used were perle 8.

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