Have Web, Will Travel
Soon I shall be on the road spreading the word that you too can make lots of fun art quilts! My first stop in early February is at the Quilters Guild of Charlotte, NC, a refined group of people with excellent taste. Then I’m off to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival where I frantically leap from class to class (must bring a leotard).
At the end of March I’ll be back hanging around several guilds in the Columbia, SC area whether they want me or not.

If you still haven’t had enough of me, then try Charlotte, NC in June. Registration for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium.has already begun. I’ll be packing my hand-dyed fabrics and threads with me every time I travel along with my current stitching project (no leotard required).

Have Web, Will Travel
Soon I shall be on the road spreading the word that you too can make lots of fun art quilts! My first stop in early February is at the Quilters Guild of Charlotte, NC, a refined group of people with excellent taste. Then I’m off to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival where I frantically leap from class to class (must bring a leotard).
At the end of March I’ll be back hanging around several guilds in the Columbia, SC area whether they want me or not.

If you still haven’t had enough of me, then try Charlotte, NC in June. Registration for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium.has already begun. I’ll be packing my hand-dyed fabrics and threads with me every time I travel along with my current stitching project (no leotard required).

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Pistil Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursdays- Pistil Stitch
The pistil stitch has me hooked and now I must use it on everything!  It’s a relative of the French knot only taller and sassier. Making a French knot (see my Jan. 21 blog entry) is very similar to making the pistil stitch except you extend where you return the needle. So, rather than sticking the needle back down where it came out, you stab it down away from the entry wound.. Here’s how I do it:

Hold the thread horizontal to the fabric and wind it around the needle 3 times. Select a point about 1/4″ – 1/2″ away from where the thread came up out of the fabric. Insert the needle into the fabric and slowly draw the thread through the knot while still holding the thread gently in your left hand.

Pistil stitches are not only for….pistils. I use them for little bird necklaces and head dresses as well. This is a detail from Coleen’s Calling Birds #13 made with hand-dyed silk and stitched with Size 12 threads. Doesn’t she look fetching?

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Pistil Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursdays- Pistil Stitch
The pistil stitch has me hooked and now I must use it on everything!  It’s a relative of the French knot only taller and sassier. Making a French knot (see my Jan. 21 blog entry) is very similar to making the pistil stitch except you extend where you return the needle. So, rather than sticking the needle back down where it came out, you stab it down away from the entry wound.. Here’s how I do it:

Hold the thread horizontal to the fabric and wind it around the needle 3 times. Select a point about 1/4″ – 1/2″ away from where the thread came up out of the fabric. Insert the needle into the fabric and slowly draw the thread through the knot while still holding the thread gently in your left hand.

Pistil stitches are not only for….pistils. I use them for little bird necklaces and head dresses as well. This is a detail from Coleen’s Calling Birds #13 made with hand-dyed silk and stitched with Size 12 threads. Doesn’t she look fetching?

Frieda’s New Book

My friend Frieda Anderson has a beautiful new book out published by the best publisher in the world, C&T Publishing. Fabric to Dye For gives you step-by-step instructions for dying fabrics that are perfect for unique quilt making. She also walks you through the process for making a 5 fused art quilts with your new hand-dyed fabric. Order it directly from Frieda and she’ll autograph it for you too!

Frieda’s New Book

My friend Frieda Anderson has a beautiful new book out published by the best publisher in the world, C&T Publishing. Fabric to Dye For gives you step-by-step instructions for dying fabrics that are perfect for unique quilt making. She also walks you through the process for making a 5 fused art quilts with your new hand-dyed fabric. Order it directly from Frieda and she’ll autograph it for you too!