March 4, 2012

Susan: CQJP and TAST

I rarely couch because I'm not crazy about the way mine looks, and I want to be more creative. I did the first two seams with couching, and have mixed feelings about it.

Here's the naked block for Fairy 3. Willow, I think. Click to enlarge.



Here are the two seams I did, one with a ribbon and one with stitching. The arms on the feathers were very long and required fastening down. I don't know if that actually counts as couching. There will be beads in there later, too, I'm pretty sure. That seam was adapted from Carole Samples' book, pg. 121, No. 27. I didn't do it the same way, naturally. LOL




That's it for this week!

14 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Your last treatment is certainly interesting! Looks like little birds on a wire.

Your foundation block is very pretty already.

Judy S. said...

Love the colors on this block, Susan. That is such interesting ribbon that you couched! Can't wait to see the progress on this one.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

The fabric next to the fairy ciggy is such a pretty watercolor-y look. Did you dye it? Your couching is nice and fills the area well.

ladyhawthorne said...

I think both of them came out just wonderful. I especially like the birds on a wire as Debra puts it.

libbyquilter said...

wonderful colors and i just love the beauty of this project~!
lovely examples of couching and the last one is especially interesting as i have never elongated the feather stitch as much as this. i too think that Debra nailed it when she described them as birds on a wire.

:-)
libbyQ

cq4fun said...

No, it's a scrap of a batik that I thought went okay with the others. =)

cq4fun said...

I thought about actually doing them as birds, with the Dorothy Bond design where the feather crosses at the bottom, under the stem. But I didn't. =)

cq4fun said...

Thanks. After I did them, I almost wished I'd done them in the other direction, so they would look like drops of something off the "branches". Too late then, of course, because of my no-removal rule.

cq4fun said...

If I could find more ribbon like that, I'd buy it. I'm now out of yellow and have just a little purple left. I don't even remember where I bought it.

Suztats said...

Such nice couching-- it adds a lot of interest. I like that the couching on the batik seems to reflect the colours in the batik. At least, it looks that way to me.

jenclair said...

I'm in love with the "birds on a wire" effect!

Peacock said...

I love the embroidery as fill pattern and not just as seam treatment!

cq4fun said...

Thanks! It was an experiment! I like it, too.

cq4fun said...

Thanks to everyone for your encouraging comments. I appreciate all of your affirmations!