Sunday, June 17, 2012
May CQJP Block and Buttonhole Wheels
I caught up with the CQJP challenge and finished my May block.
On the blue patch I did the butterfly stitch from last month's TAST challenge. I took out a bag of crewel embroidery thread, which I used here to tie the "butterflies." I'll be using this more, it adds some nice texture. I added minimal seam embellishments behind the vine, just to balance things out.
I figured out the knotted cretan stitch, shown above in coral, and embellished it with some French knots and lazy daisy stitch. I found this birdcage in the jewelry section of a craft store, and hung it from the vine. It's pinned in place temporarily, and I'll stitch it down when I piece the final project together.
Here's my semi-naked June CQJP block. The cardinal print was a gift from Debra.
In stitching the buttonhole wheels, I stitched it once in a dark gold crewel thread, and then repeated the stitch over the completed wheel with a lighter gold thread.
The hand is also a jewelry component. I'm going to figure out a way to camouflage the rings at either end of the piece.
...Some half wheels.
Not a bad start on this block.