Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Stupendous Stitchery ...



Doing your homework pays off! Here's the completed piece from the online course called Stupendous Stitching on Craftsy. I wrote about it in the previous post. In this final project, we selected a background fabric with some gradation to begin. Then we applied rows upon rows of both couched yarns and fibers along with decorative machine stitches, referring back to the stitch dictionary to choose our favorites. It really was helpful to have that reference tool and I'm glad I did my homework.  


Once the machine work was complete, our next step was to add some further interest by using hand embroidered details. Everything from French Knots to Lazy Daisy stitches made this piece a lot of fun to create.

Here's another detail shot. What a great opportunity to explore and make use of all the pretty stitches on the machine and the decorative threads and yarns in my stash! I'm envisioning some fabric postcards or notecards that include some of this Stupendous Stitching. Taking Carol's class added to my appreciation for the things my trusty Bernina is capable of. That alone was worth the price of admission. But I also believe the class has unlocked more ideas for using the stitches creatively. And that's the payoff for the future.

6 comments:

Nancy said...

That is a beautiful piece of fabric you have made with all those stitches both hand and machine...I can see where you could find many avenues to use these techniques......

I still haven't taken the time to photograph my aunt's quilts but I will get around to it.....I just feel so blessed to have them...

Valerie said...

Nancy I LOVE this piece! I want to see more.

Susan said...

stupendous stitchery indeed! It makes me want to try it now.

Robbie said...

Nancy, you piece is wonderful!!! I love all the different textures you got by the machine and hand stitching!!! VERY nice job!!!

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

OOOooooO Nancy - this whole thing does look pretty inspirational. Love the pieces you have done - colours are incredible. Good classes always open doors don't they -- can't help but do with all your talent. Hand work on this will really make it a treasure. Always love visiting your blog, Nancy and thanks so much for popping into mine so often. Much appreciated. Donna

Julia said...

Oh, oh. Your stitches and creativity is wonderful. I love your piece and will look forward to more.