Wednesday, 18 April 2018

WIPW - Gilded Ruby

Work In Progress Wednesday for today shows progress on

Crazy for Crazy
where the red ruby fabric is getting gilded.

I made the Kumihimo braid longer than needed and tied up the end into a knot.
 I ruched some areas on a red silk ribbon (to make 'carnations') and then stitched an undulating length of golden Chain Stitches.
Sunday Stitch School's delightful Detached Twisted Chain Stitch was stitched into a star with a red bead in the centre.
Two curves of Shell Chain were stitched, and a Laced Herringbone row.
Then I made a Dorset Button. Oh, this was fun! I will love making more, and more advanced ones for future cq blocks. I first got my inspiration from Elizabeth Healey's book Stitch, Fabric & Thread, but there are instructions in many other books too, and of course online. This link goes to a video tutorial.
I hope to have more progress next Wednesday.

16 comments:

  1. Red is such a perfect colour for crazy quilting, it's so rich and sumptuous, even before stitches are added to it. I can't wait to see this block when it's finished, I think it's going to be splendid!

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    1. In antique crazy quilts you often find red fabric or red embellishments. It IS a great colour for cq. However, there is maybe too many patterned pieces of fabric and it is hard to know how to decorate them and the seams between them, but I LOVE my new Dorset button!

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  2. I love the rich fabrics and the unique ruched carnations. Can't wait to see more.

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    1. As I have used a lot of printed fabric it is hard to know how to embellish each piece in the block.

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  3. This is turning into a wonderful riot of reds!

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  4. You are inspired! Your braid turned out beautiful, another exciting
    embellishment.
    Red and gold compliment each other perfectly. Looks like royalty.

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    1. Royalty, yes, the combination of red and gold looks regal.

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  5. I think you're very good telling us all the stitches you've used. Do you remember or do you have to write them down when you do them? I would have to write them down.

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    1. Before I work any of the stitches I look them up, check the instructions and then do the sewing. When I mark up the photo with the text I still have the names in my head, but a couple of weeks later and I've forgotten!
      The best reference is my TAST and SSS reference charts, I am so glad I spent time making them, they give me inspiration and keep track of names and way of stitching.

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  6. the block is becoming more and more grander every week. beautiful!

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    1. Thank you. The colour combination makes it very grand, the stitches themselves are not very special.

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  7. The Twisted Chain star caught my eye first, leading to the Kumihimo braid and seams and then the wonderful Dorset button.
    I like your use of metallic threads throughout.
    Too red? Not a bit.

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    1. Thank you, Maureen.
      In Sharon's book there is a lot about helping the eye move around the block to see the different details - from what you say I have managed!!!! Thank you!

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