March 25, 2012

Barbara's Week 12: Barred Chain Stitch


I skipped week 11's Whipped Wheel stitch, which I'll probably come back to later.  It may not be destined for this particular block, but we'll see.  In the meantime, I added this week's Barred Chain stitch in brown there in the middle and accented it with a brown button.


The pink and blue stitch combination on the left is Chevron stitch accented with pink buttons and French knots, and blue Lazy Daisy. The curved vine with purple buds is a hybrid of some stitch combinations in a Judith Baker Montano book.


She has several pages of floral stitch combinations in this book.


It also include instructions for a number of basic stitches.


Here's the block so far.  I'm saving that blank spot on the lower right for a special accent I'll add when the seams are done.

15 comments:

Judy S. said...

Nice block, Barbara! Love the vine with the purple buds! The brown buttons look great with your barred chain.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Some very attractive seam treatments this weekend - great. Wonder whether you could stitch JBM floral combinations in barred chain instead of stem stitch, don't see why not. Super book.

NancyD said...

Ah, now I have the idea what to do with those little tiny buttons I purchased, but mine are brown and cream... I think. Need to go look in my CQ bead/button stash! I'm going to try that on my block after I learn the chevron stitch. stay tuned to see my stitching like that soon.

I don't have the Judith Baker Montano book but I have looked at it several times. I have lots of CQ books but I find it interesting how they all provide a different perspective or ideas that catch my eye and then of course I purchase the book. Don't you all find that CQ books, quilting books and for me "gardening books" are more eye candy especailly in Washington state where we have our share of gray skies. Guess I need to go to Amazon and purchase that book!

Nice block, love the colors, great job!

ladyhawthorne said...

Now that's a pretty use for the barred chain. Still love your beetle!

Suztats said...

I like the barred chain with the buttons, and it adds nicely to your other seam treatments. It picks up the brown of the adjoining brown/black fabric. This block is quite pretty.

Debra Spincic said...

I could easily see some whipped wheels on this block -- to me, they seem to go with the rough textures of the fabrics.

I have that book too.

Cy said...

Lovely seam treatments Barbara. Neat stitches.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Another beautiful block forming. Your stitches look great, especially with the little button at the ends of the barbs. How do you get such clear close-ups? That first photo looks especially professional. I have that Montano book as well as a couple others. Great info in them and even better eye candy.

Barbara C said...

That sounds like a great idea!

Barbara C said...

I definitely buy embroidery (etc) books for the eye candy. It's the general inspiration that I like almost more than the specific instruction.

Barbara C said...

I did think of putting some whipped wheels on that brown fabric. I think I need to find the right centers for them.

Barbara C said...

Thanks Connie. I do use the micro setting for close ups, and I think that first picture came out so well because I took it from a side angle vs. straight on. I also pay attention to lighting, and move the light source until I get the best image. Playing with these variables can be helpful in getting a good shot.

CarolynnS said...

Those pink, blue, and raisin colors make my mouth water!! So pretty!

jenclair said...

I love the way the button come of the barred chain!

Peacock said...

I seem to buy cookbooks as eye-candy. I rarely ever make the recipes, and even when I do, I don't follow the recipes (I omit the things I don't think I'll like or that I don't have available easily, and I add things at whim.. it's never the recipe the book suggested by the time I'm done with it!)
I agree, it's the general inspiration that appeals to me more often than the specific instruction, gardening, cooking, and CQ all three.