May 30, 2012

Cy - more V Stitch Explorations

I have been exploring the use of 'V's in combination with other stitches as seam treatments for my current CQJP blocks and for future projects.

Take one row of individual, evenly spaced, V's

Make three more rows inverting the V's as required, and add a running stitch along the two outer edges to create a 'BAND' with a semi-sawtooth edge. 

More embroidery could be added within the band, and beads would look great here too.

This next one in three colours is plain V's but could be enhanced with wrapping or whipping stitches. The V's are overlapping at the top by just one thread hole on the canvas. Another variation would be to overlap more at the tops of the V's.
This stitch process used three needles at the same time a bit like plaiting.

Next I stitched this row of Double Tick V's.

And added buttonhole stitch in various lengths to it.
Reminds me of beach huts at Bournemouth.

As an experiment on my May block CQ I added this row of white 'eyelash' fibre to the row of tiny bullions.
Couched down in a plain V formation.
Haha! Looks like I have a 'thing' about beach huts at the moment.

Here is another seam treatment on my May CQ block. 
I have two rows of V's with their horizontal points touching to make squares, and the running stitch straight lines added to the negative spaces make the outside V's an integral part of the design. 
I love negative spaces.


Suztats said...

Nice variations, Cy! I really like the saw-toothed edge 'band', and I can picture it in many colours and with lots of different additions. Love the eyelash fiber in V's ( I have a stash in different colours) and the multi-V'd row is Very appealing. Good stuff!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Wow Cy, I love the lavender, pink and gold 'Vs'(and it isn't just the color). In that 2nd photo my mind keeps going to the shape you have created with the Vs. Add a base, some jewelry and (tee hee) maybe a tutu and you have manequins! You are really coming up with some inspiring experiments with the V stitch.

desertskyquilts said...

All such wonderful applications. Thanks for explaining how you did the woven one. I would have found a harder way. =)

Debra Spincic said...

Your 1st treatment reminds me of the blindhem stitch on a machine for hems. I may have to "pinch" that for my sewing journal.

Love the eyelash yarn treatment. I have some of that yarn too and need to break it out of hiding for some fun treatments.

Really inspiring treatments! Thanks for playing along.

Debra Spincic said...

LOL! you and me both.

Cy said...

I stocked up on eyelash yarn while it was on special at the sales. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to use it up now, lol.

Cy said...

Oh dear, not the tutu, thank you very much but no thanks!!! It just wouldn't suit me, lol.
But I like the idea of a jewellery band. I might just have to try that one. Thanks.

Cy said...

I made it up on the spot, lol, and happy to share techniques.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Knew I was reminded of something. The tutu, has me in stitches! Sorry!

Cy said...

Oh yes, I can see the resemblance to blind-hem on the machine now you have pointed it out. Maybe next time I'll just get the machine out instead haha.
There are many decorative stitches that machines do that you could recreate in hand stitching for your sewing themed blocks.

Debra Spincic said...

I have quite a few skeins of that sari silk yarn I bought thinking I would try to knit it into something (as a new knitter). Then, I read how miserably it performs & have been hesitant to use it. So if you come up with an sari silk ideas, I am all ears.

I think I have 4 or 5 skeins of that eyelash too. The trouble with yarn & CQ is that CQ takes so little!!

Debra Spincic said...

Yes, after I typed that, I thought the same. I'll be looking at them with new eyes here very soon.