February 18, 2012

Suz- CQJP & TAST & WIP

Sorry this is a bit late....technical difficulties
Debra suggested I post a pic of my two completed blocks, side by side:
















I haven't decided how they'll be pieced once all the blocks are finished, but I think there's some harmony here. What do you think?

Here's my TAST for week 7:

I did some experimenting with this stitch using single threads as well as three threads, and like the look of the multi-thread bits.

Layering the stitches created the look of a many-petalled flower, like a lupin or lavender.

This is my beginning for a small challenge over at stichin' fingers: we're creating "Encrusted Calico", which look like rocky surfaces encrusted with growth.


Using muslin for the base, I added some buttons, and plastic beads and rings. I'll add a second layer of muslin and entrap the bits between the layers, and sewing them down.








Here's my progress so far. What do you think?








I appreciate your thoughts and comments. I love feedback.
Thanks. Hugs from Suz

24 comments:

ladyhawthorne said...

That encrusted calico is way cool as they say. I really like the textural quality.

Debra Spincic said...

Truthfully, between the 2 projects, I think your strength is in the more abstract looking embroidery. That knocks my socks off!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Your two blocks look nice together. The reds and greens along with the touches of white help unify them as does the theme. I like the way you layered your lazy daisy/detached chain. It would be perfect for lupine. Your encrusted calico looks like a fun project. I've seen some others posted on SF. I look forward to seeing where you all take this.

desertskyquilts said...

I do like the two blocks together, and can see a continuity to them. I'm going to play around with that layered look myself, after seeing yours, I think. I love your bottom picture. I kept comparing it to the one above it, figuring out what made each part of the design. That is really amazing. It reminds me of a beach, and I think it's a technique that would look great on a seascape CQ.

Debra Spincic said...

I really like this covered approach too. I would be a good way to use ugly beads too! They would hide behind the fabric.

Peacock said...

Halleluljah!! I have SO many ugly beads, and I always feel too guilty if I even think about putting them into swap packages for other CQers!!

Peacock said...

That encrusted calico is fabulous. This is the first time I've seen the technique, but it looks fabulous and I can imagine how useful it could be in making landscapes or textural abstracts! Very cool.
Your detatched chain exploration is cool. I like the way you used detatched chain to make the stem for your flower, and the way you stacked them up to make "lupine" like flowers.
It is really nice to see the two CQ blocks side by side! The pieces of fabric in common help to tie the blocks together, as does the theme and the colors. The one on the right hand side has a very linear feel, while the one on the left features a lot of curves. (The difference stands out because there are only two blocks to compare between. I imagine that as you create more blocks, the similarities will be more obvious than any differences.) :)

jenclair said...

Love the encrusted calico! I was looking at the challenge yesterday and knew I wanted to try. After seeing how wonderful your piece is looking, I think sooner rather than later!

Debra Spincic said...

I know--that is so cool! It would be a perfect additional "patch" to your prayer flags too.

Suztats said...

It's so much fun I'm already planning more, and I haven't finished the first one, yet! It's not too late to join in.....

Suztats said...

Thanks Debra, I've always been drawn to stuff that's a little off-the-wall, I guess. lol
This is addictive, though.

Suztats said...

Thanks, Connie. The calico is fun. I'm hoping to carry the red-white-green colour scheme through all the blocks, emphasizing one main colour where it may call for it.

Suztats said...

I used a lot of my ugly plastic beads that came in a large assortment bag. Now I have a use for them!

Suztats said...

Thanks Peacock! I think the original idea for the encrusted calico was for an underwater scene, but it could be great for landscapes, too!
I'm hoping to have a mix of linear and curvilinear blocks. If things work out, having them juxtaposed will create a little tension. ( and interest, too, I hope) But, we'll see how it goes.

Suztats said...

I think it could work on our CQJPs, too! Like the mandalas, or a floral spray, a fairy toadstool, a 3-D Christmas present, or.....

Suztats said...

The calico is so much fun! But, beware, it's addictive!

Debra Spincic said...

I prefer fun stitching over any other kind of stitching!

Suztats said...

There's another kind? lol

Debra Spincic said...

Yea, the kind where no matter how hard you try, it still defeats you. I'm done with that--it's too much work.

Suztats said...

Yes, if it's not fun, there's no point in struggling with it.

Cy said...

It's nice to be able to see both blocks together and how they compliment each other. Your stitching detail on them is great.

I love the looseness of your detached chains sampler. It has a "freedom" quality about it. I especially like the stem of the flower on the bottom left, and the two colour overlapping style on the right.

And in the words of Monty Python "and now for something completely different" --- the encrusted calico --- wow --- love it --- this is going to be a beauty --- just the sort of texture I adore --- off to SF to see more.

Suztats said...

Thanks Cy. I think you'll find lots to see over at sf on the encrusted calico. I've posted some pics to my blog showing a bit more progress so, if you're interested, you can check it out:
http://suztats.blogspot.com/2012/02/encrusting-calico-pebble-adventure.html
I'm really enjoying this.

Barbara C said...

Your blocks harmonize really nicely. The encrusted calico is very organic and textural. Very nice. I've seen that technique in 1960s embroidery books, but I never quite knew how it was executed.

Judy S. said...

Your two blocks look great together, Suz. I am so intrigued by your encrusted calico...makes me think of the seashore. Thanks for sharing that!