A Thousand Teardrops Fall - BJP March
Another Teardrop pendant completed for the Bead Journal Project 2012.
This is pendant #3.
I've called this one "A Thousand Teardrops Fall" in memory of my faithful old Golden Labrador who passed away at Easter aged nearly 15yrs.
The ground fabric is like angel fibre but made of red and purple strawgrass fibres.
The beaded "tears" are made up of about 18 beads each and the overall effect has the "tears" just hanging loose as thought they are ready to drop.
The pendant is threaded onto a black satin ribbon which is tied in a bow at whatever length is required.
TAST Week 18 - Crossed Buttonhole Stitch
First of all I wanted to find out if I could control this stitch going around corners.
Yes, that worked out ok, and I like the different looks you get depending on which way the stitching goes 'around the bend' lol. i.e. the straight edge or the pointy edge.
Then I tried a 'stepped' crossed buttonhole row with the long stitch getting longer and the bottom bit of the stitch going diagonally.
I think I might be able to get this this variation of the stitch neater with a bit more practice, and I actually drew guidelines on my fabric for this one, which is something I haven't had to do before.
And then I stitched two straight rows back to back on my crazy quilt block and I really like this formal look.
I made sure when stitching the second row that I perfectly (or almost perfectly) mirrored the first row.
I think you can tell I enjoyed this stitch.
I did have some apprehension about the crossed buttonhole when Sharon B first announced it last Tuesday, but I found that inspiration came quickly once I started talking about it to the Tuesday Stitchers here. (Love you gals)
Actually I rather surprised myself just how fast the inspiration hit me.
Lack of time is the only thing holding me back from experimenting some more, but I shall definitely be using this stitch again.
CQJP - April - WIP
I've had a busy and enjoyable week of stitching.
Here is what I have been up to on my CQJP block.
My April Crazy Quilt Block - the Naked block
And here are some seam treatments close up photos.
Back to back Crossed Buttonhole stitch (TAST stitch week 18) in pale green perle cotton.
A couched blue satin ribbon and green cotton floss detached daisy's forming a 'V'. This seam treatment will have more added to it later. Probably beads.
This next seam started out as a double herringbone using two colours.
It may look alright in the photo, but on the block the colours were all wrong, so I went over it with a wrapping stitch in pale blue.
And this is a chain variation whose name I have forgotten.
As I completely forgot to add a crochet piece on last months block, I thought I had better get one made early on for this block, just in case I forget again.
This time I made a crochet ruffle.
So that is my April block WIP so far.