Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 12, 2017

Sunday Stitch School.

No 39 – Granitos stitch


I’ve been wagging school for many weeks but today I behaved well and caught up from stitch 39 to 45.  I’ll work No 46, tomorrow.

No 40 is officially Du Vos but it had been compared to both Outline stitch and Stem stitch  My Outline stitch is in red.
The second in orange thread is DuVos.
Third example is Stem stitch.

and all three explanations can be found in photo form  on Queenie’s stitch tutorial here
If you’ve not visited this site before, there is a wealth of information to be found on different stitches and Queenie’s weekly combinations of them.  Sunbonnet Sue arrives every so often, looking glamorous.

No 41 is Thorn stitch.  I used fine perle threads

No 42 Rambling Rose.  This began with 3, on-top-of-each-other stitches, with Stem stitch surrounding them.  I made the red stitches too large and they didn’t sit well.  I improved a bit with the yellow ones.  The last Stem stitching was closer yet and I liked the result.

No 43 Moss stitch.  Queenie’s work made me think of chicken feet but sadly in this picture, messy spiders.  :-((

No 44 Mille Fleur stitch which is just 3 separate increasing Chain stitches. Easy to do.

No 45 Leaf stitch. hmmm!  not so neat.   I felt most of these stitches would have been better worked on cloth not Aida.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 11, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Christmas ornament


Yesterday I posted, then deleted the ornament I found on Pinterest,  as it appeared not to be a freebie it claimed.

I was able to comment on Trish Burr’s blog and she very kindly and quickly replied that the ornament is indeed copyright free.  I appreciated this as she must be constantly busy with her own business and embroidery.

Her link to the ornament is at
and there are beautiful embroidery patterns with very generous deals, there.

I used left-over threads from the reindeer.  All DMC single strands.
The top half leaves were Dot stitched and Padded Satin stitch= I used Double Running stitch for the padding.
The lower sections of the bow were long/short stitched.  For the berries I Satin stitched 4 layers to get the required depth. Black, Split Back stitch is obvious on any long edge
The curved section was done with Long/short stitch with Straight stitch bars and Split Back stitch

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 28, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Christmas projects finished

finished, for now that is.  I’m planning another.

Christmas Elves.  Padded and backed with mid mauve cotton fabric over a card circle.  I didn’t have quite enough cord to cover the edges so I plaited some soft gold knit-type cord..which I used on the stocking bauble too.

I had clear Japanese thread to couch the gold down..  I may make more of these through 2018.
When light hits the ornament edging they really gleam.




and the Stocking.  I think it is meant to be ornamental only as the opening is about 9″ around and the length is 11″.

The beading around the top is continuous gold, fused-to -thread type beading and easy to catch down.

True colour of the top binding is closer to the reverse side but the embroidery shows true colours.

I used the same fabric for the reverse side of the Ornaments above.

Can’t remember making and finishing so many items in such a short time which includes the Reindeer.  A bonus was using up oddments of fabric.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 28, 2017

1 Year’s Stitching – Robin updates

Sorry to be so slow posting the work.  I have actually finished the lot.
The stitches are much the same throughout.   Stem and Straight stitches.

The berries are Padded Satin stitch with French Knots.

The gold border is Stem stitched.




More vine added and the baubles.  Again, single strands of DMC cotton.  For the gold bauble, I Satin stitched gold knit-type soft cord, which was Couched with more thread across the centre. The bauble ‘holes’ were filled with Black thread.







and complete..  The second bauble now done. and beads of Snow added also.

I’m almost ready to post the finished stocking..

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 16, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches – Robin

I found another Inspirations magazine Christmas project by Jenny McWhinney that has a Robin in a frame.  The frame was Stem Stitched with a single DMC gold metallic thread and needed slooow stitching so it did not snag.

The robin also was done with single strands of DMC – not in the official colours.  I’ve too many threads of all kinds to buy more, so I’m trying for the best matches.

The magazine was No.80 and published in 2013



Looking a little better.  When I complete the work and use an iron on those Frixon pen blue marker lines they will disappear.
Long and Short stitch for the body, Straight stitch for the tail, eye brow and highlight and a French Knot for the eye itself.
The leaf veins were stem stitched.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 10, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Elf 6

Sparkles is the last of the set by Jenny McWhinney, in the Inspirations magazine No.92.

I forgot that each elf had his own name.

Again I altered some parts.  Instead of a thread candle, I used a long white plastic bugle bead.  I threaded a copper wire inside it and stitched this down-forming a bend at the top for the flame.  I then wove DMC Jewel Effects thread around that part and did some French Knots and Straight stitches..ohhh, those FKs didn’t like the tinsel type thread but it all adds to the shine I guess.
I Couched a string of fine red beads to the hat and another on the top.

I began the Long/short stitch with Buttonhole at the jacket hem for a neat edge. 99% of the work is Long/short stitch.
Bullion fingers, Black Backstitch and Padded Satin stitch for facial features   Single strands of DMC were used throughout.  I estimated that about 5 hours work was needed for each elf.  Surprising me, as I felt very little time had passed.

I am going to miss these cute fellows.  I’m still wondering how I can display them..singly or en masse.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 9, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches – Elves 5 + 6

Oops!  I forgot to post Elf 5.
It is still the same recipe for stitching- Long and short mainly, Bullions for fingers and Straight stitching for the tree and eyes- Backstitch for mouth. Buttonhole for ears.
Couching for the hat trim and tree trunk. Satin stitch for the jacket collar and French knots for buttons.

Single DMC strands are used throughout, except for the couched hat trim- gold DMC Jewel Effects – and 6 DMC strands for the tree trunk.






Elf 6.  face and hat.  All the faces are stitched the same way but tend to have their own ..personality?  I still have to add a padded nose and cheeks to this elf.
Welcome visitors for 2 days at home did halt the stitching but I’m catching up quickly now. I should have more to see later today.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 4, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches – Elf 4

Another happy little fellow to join the group.  There are instructions but no definite stitch pattern, which gives an individual look to the elves.  I have changed some things though.

The base of the jacket was meant to be sequined- I used a Maderia polyester braid.  The bauble was also to be made with sequins but I used one larger one, poked a larger hole, then used a single strand of  DMC Jewel Effects thread to hold it down..  The thread zings in real life.  The fingers are Bullions on all elves.

I did Long/short stitch for the jacket and boots but I stem stitched the trousers, which I prefer.
The green scarf? was Satin stitched and the boots Backstitched with purple.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 31, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Elf 3 complete

I’ve completed the remaining areas

Sequins to jacket and hat took about 12 minutes.
Holly, pudding and hand= 40 minutes- Long an short stitch for the pudding and Straight for the holly, Colonial Knots for the cherries and sultanas in the pudding.

Ears=8 minutes
Finishing the last of the dark red boot =10 minutes
Snow.  Not much finesse to this but I was using up short lengths of white, so = 10 minutes.

The total elf took 4 hours 40 minutes. Twice I forgot to begin timing so my estimate is not exact but near enough.

Each elf would be different.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 30, 2017

1 Year’s stitches- Elf 3

I felt the elves were stitched quickly but had been asked how long it takes for one.

I’m timing the stitching now.  The face is fiddly to do, being about 1 and a 1/2cm- a little larger than my thumbnail.  This took 1 hour 31 minutes. Unreal!

Here is where I am up to at present.






He is a very colourful fellow.

Again, most of the work I did with Long and Short stitch;

Cheeks and nose- Padded Satin stitch; – 15 mins (I think)
Black Back stitched features=8 mins
Hat = 24 minutes – Stem stitch
Jacket=  Stem stitched -1 hour, 5 mins
Collar (4 mins) and unfinished trouser legs(17 mins so far)- Buttonholed;
Stem stitch sleeve cuff; 1/2 minute
Long/short stitch =Light green sleeve= 10 mins.
Boot= mainly satin stitch with a bit of Long/short-15 mins
Total time so far is 3 hours.18 minutes.
I still feel it is quick to do.






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