|Sherry shows embroidery samples from her textile collection.|
The program at the April Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting entitled "Embroidery on Quilts" featured time-honored embroidery techniques used throughout history and offered ideas and examples of how hand stitching can add detail and dimension to projects we're creating today.
|A seminole pieced and crazy patch vest|
that escaped donation to a charity.
Sherry took the audience back into embroidery history, explaining how different cultures used the same core selection of embroidery stitches—chain, buttonhole, running, satin and cross stitches—and transformed them into beautiful and unique needle art reflective of that culture. She discussed the differences in yarns, threads and base fabrics that were used for different techniques. "Geography often played a part in the choice of materials people used [for embroidery]," she said. People used threads, yarn and fabrics made from the plants and animals that were indigenous and readily available in their part of the world.
|References for various needlework techniques from different cultures.|
Scandinavian and Hmong embroidery books.
|Sashiko cloth and small bag.|
|Crazy patch made with silk ties.|
|Appliqued crazy patch.|
|Blue birds embroidered on a summer spread.|
Can you find the "mis-pieced" blocks?
|Bluework and Redwork.|
|Embroidery and hand coloring on a pillowcase.|
|Hand stitching on a painted quilt.|
|Stitch sampler detail.|
|Cross stitched flowers on a pillowcase.|
|Cross stitched feather wreath quilt. Hand quilted.|
|Cross stitched quilt top.|
|Embroidery embellishes a Dresden Plate appliquéd quilt.|
|Hand embroidery adds texture and detail to a contemporary quilt.|
|Small hand stitched piece by Susan Shie.|
|Quilt embroidered with the long stitch.|
|Wool applique embellished with embroidery stitches.|
|Attendees were treated to a machine stitched piece by Carol Bryer Fallert.|
Left: front of work. Right: back, showing the label.
Show and Tell
Progress continues to be made on the 2013 Brown Bag Challenge quilts.
|Betty made a companion quilt for her other grandson.|
|Cristy worked with her father-in-law to complete this scrappy string quilt.|
|Dawn's fabric had a beach theme.|
|Pam's kaliedoscope quilt features a swatch from the original fabric.|
|Joanna's quilt uses the same fabric as Pam's (previous picture above).|
Twin quilts by different mothers?
|Becky made this patchwork stole (left) and embellished a denim shirt|