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straight stitches

March 24, 2020

one day, when this craziness is over maybe I will teach my scrap happy boro class

with that in mind I am sewing a second fabric/stitch sample book

 I thought it would be fun to teach the basics here

I always stitch onto a foundation  fabric

cut it 1/2 – 1″  larger than you want for the finished piece – the stitching will pull in

lightweight cotton, often old sheeting and it doesn’t have to be white

but dark or bright colours tend to confuse the eye when choosing scraps

my thread for stitching is thrums – leftover from weaving – crochet cotton from the charity shop is good

generally I use 2/8 weight cotton but love using 2 ply linen when I have it

and sometimes a bit of silk

use embroidery cotton

add a button, better still make a cloth one by covering a plastic ring

add some beads and bits of ribbon or lace

I love using old clothing labels – once bought a blouse at Value Village just for the label!

like this one in the first boro book

it came from the striped fabric used in some of the stitching – my favorite blouse

I always start with a feature scrap and then build up around it

pin the pieces overlapping them to secure edges

then just start stitching -you may want all the stitching to go in one direction

on others stitch horizontal, vertical, diagonal and go in circles if that appeals to you

my favorite in a larger piece is to do all the stitching horizontally

that is what creates the look of ripples in the sand (the picture has been turned to show the texture)

don’t line up each row carefully or you will get long, straight ridges

had enough??

lets go for a walk

loved the gorilla in the garden

and the painted stones along the way


18 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    March 25, 2020 4:05 am

    That looks really interesting. I am saving all these lovely ideas from posts up for when it starts raining again! Whilst it is fine the garden calls.


    • March 25, 2020 8:40 am

      Sue – I do my stitching and spinning in the evenings when it is too dark to see the weeds.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        March 26, 2020 3:17 am

        I craft in the evenins too but mostly things I can do in my armchair. My studio is in a loft over the garage and I am too lazy to go up there after dark! Instead I go there on rainy days.


      • March 26, 2020 8:42 am

        Sue – my studio is separate from the house and I don’t keep it comfortably heated just for an hour or two in the evening.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        March 27, 2020 2:38 am

        I think you are more dedicated or tougher than me!


      • March 27, 2020 10:28 am

        Sue – maybe the appropriate word is obsessive or just darn stubborn.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        March 28, 2020 3:46 am

        Those are both good qualities in my book – they keep us going.


      • March 28, 2020 10:46 am

        Sue – 🙂


  2. March 25, 2020 2:15 am

    thank you so lovely.


  3. March 24, 2020 6:19 pm

    Love that ripple effect! Do you think the same effect would be achieved if using thinner layers and regular waxed quilting cotton, or does it need the thicker layered fabric and thread the weight of your thrums?


    • March 24, 2020 7:46 pm

      Kate – it needs the 2 layers to get the ripples but most of the layers are thin, regular light weight cotton, especially the old Japanese pieces. Although I do use handwoven (I weave very fine) but don’t do the ripples on the handwoven and 2/8 cotton is sett at 24 ends per inch – it is not heavy. The only way you will know if the quilting cotton works is to try it, don’t know about the waxed.


  4. March 24, 2020 1:13 pm

    I really like that texture you achieved through simple straight stitches. Might have to give that a try!


    • March 24, 2020 1:52 pm

      Sue – it is the texture that has me “hooked”, on a bigger piece it is so simple but effective.


  5. March 24, 2020 1:05 pm

    Thanks! I am going to try some stitching!


    • March 24, 2020 1:09 pm

      Kjerstin – oh my goodness, I consider you a master stitcher, the Hitty wardrobe proves that. I’m sure you have plenty of scraps, maybe the girls will join you. 🙂


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