Scattered Seed Stitch

 scatteredseed2I’m really liking this stitch in the center of the cactus above. The Scattered Seed Stitch is my version of the traditional seed stitch (where sets of short parallel stitches travel across the fabric). Being an undisciplined stitcher, I just throw individual stitches all over the place. It’s more akin to the Straight Stitch but I like the name, “Scattered Seed Stitch”.

scatteredseed1It is a texture building stitch suitable for filling in larger areas. The most difficult part of making the Scattered Seed Stitch is keeping it random. Try not to have the stitches form a pattern by repeating stitch angles near each other. Think of the stitch angles in terms of an hour hand on a clock. This gives you 6 different directions to make stitches. I make my stitches about 1/4 – 1/2 inch long and try not to drive myself crazy watching the clock.

Quilting Down Under



I’m happy to announce that the jet lag from my trip to the Australasian Quilt Conference in Melbourne, Australia is slowly receding. It was wonderful to be with the Aussie quilters, who are both friendly and welcoming.  But that 16 hour flight (plus 4 hours to LAX) is hard on this old quilter.

Here you see the art quilts made by students in the Tiny Homes class. Aren’t they fun? This class is always an adventure and a surprise. You never know what people can imagine in fabric. Thank you quilters of Australia!




What is the Best Needle Threader?

Usually when I thread my embroidery needles I use the old fashioned method. You know how it’s done. You pop the end of the thread in your mouth, chew on it, and get it good and wet. Then you flatten the end of the thread out with your fingers and slide it through the eye of the needle. Messy but effective.

needlethreader1But lately I’ve been looking for a more refined method of threading my needles. Something that makes me look lady like and less like a horse with a straw poking out of his mouth. So I’ve done a survey of needle threaders. You’re probably familiar with these two above.

needlethreader2Those types of needle threaders are OK but the best needle threader I’ve found is made by Clover and it is called an Embroidery Threader. It’s a little pricey (about $10) but works great for my sizes 5 – 1 embroidery needles. No more thread chewing for me!

Packing for Paducah

fabricboxesFrieda and I are off to the lovely state of Kentucky soon for the American Quilter Society Show in Paducah. It seems all we do is pack and unpack fabric, thread, patterns and quilts. That’s the not so fun part of travel.

artfabrikboothThe fun part of travel is visiting with our quilt friends from around the world like this famous chicken quilter. Perhaps you know him? Hope to see you in Paducah. We’re in booth 1224 (think Christmas Eve).

An Embroidery Blog for You

needlenthreadI have a precious folder on my computer called “embroidery blogs”. And it is full of blog posts written by Mary Corbet, Queen of Embroidery. Her blog is called Needle ‘n Thread. Mary’s writing style is lively, very informative, and humorous. You should subscribe to her daily newsletter too.

My favorites are her weekend news snips. These are round ups of other sites to explore. If you’re an embroidery enthusiast, sign up.  You’ll really enjoy it!

Stitching on Wool #6


Embroidered Pear (5″ x 6.5″) by Laura Wasilowski

This small embroidery on wool began as a simple pear shape that was filled in with a variety of stitch combinations. The background texture is made with easy stitches that are combined to build pattern. A Blanket Stitch finishes the outside with a blue thread whipped through the outside threads.


Embroidered Pear (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Embroidered Pear measures about 5″ x 6.5″ and is the focus of a new show on Quilting Arts TV (episode #1701) called Stitching, Two Ways. Please check it out. And I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on embroidery on wool. I know I enjoyed making it.