Stitch Artistry

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Stitched Landscape by Sandi.

Hand embroidery builds texture, pattern, and character. This small stitchery (9″ x 7″) by Sandi is a great example of free-form embroidery on a piece of hand-dyed silk. Taking my Free-Stitched Embroidery Landscape class last year, she brought her creation to a recent class in Sisters, OR. I love how she used the color gradation of the single piece of fabric to make this lovely mountain landscape. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us Sandi!

How to Bind a Large Wall Quilt

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Crabtree’s (left panel), a commission quilt by Laura Wasilowski

It has come to my attention that I’ve made very few large quilts in the last few years. Large, to me, means anything bigger than 20″ x 20″. (Unlike common opinion, I believe smaller is better.)

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Crabtree’s (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

But I did make 3 large pieces this Spring. They are companion pieces, a commission for a lovely family in Kansas. Each panel measures about 32″ w x 48″ h. They flow together and tell the story of their family and places they’ve lived.

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Crabtree’s (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

It was important that the transition from one panel to the next be unbroken by a binding. So I used a Faced Binding on each panel. The Faced Binding is the latest addition to my list of Tutorials. I hope you enjoy it and can find a use for it on your next large wall quilt.

Interior Landscapes?

prettyplanetpalmtreesWe’ve reached that time in my gardening life where I shut myself up in the house. Why, you ask? Because mosquitoes roam the earth looking for blood, my blood.

prettyplanetpalmtrees1So what’s a gardener to do? Why work on a landscape indoors, of course! Here you see a quilt sample from my defunct Pretty Planets class being turned into a small piece of art. All it lacks is some machine quilting and a few tiny dots representing…. mosquitoes.

What You Can Stitch in 3 Hours

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Student work from Sisters, OR

Will you be at Quilt Expo in Madison WI this September? I hope so! I’m teaching 2 half-day classes of Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. Here you see what my students created in that same class in a few hours in Sister, OR.

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More student work from Daytona.

Join me and you’ll learn how to transfer your own design to wool, about needles and threads for your project, and how to combine stitches to built texture and pattern. It’s a fun, relaxing class.

woolclassYou’ll get a kit packed with wool swatches, threads, needles, and a book with stitch directions. All you need is a pair of scissors and a thimble. Hope to see you there!

Transformation of Old to New

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Little Landscape (pre-stitched)

It’s not often you get a chance to transform something old into something new. But like a magician, I shall soon turn this old quilt (2005) into a snappy updated version. And all through the magic of hand embroidery.

littlelandscapestitch2Can you see it changing right before your eyes? Good, cause it’s taken me several hours and several TV shows to get it to this point. This is a small piece (9″ x 9″) so I’m using fine, size 12 threads on the rather small elements that make up the design.