Hand Stitching….

20 08 2008

I have been doing some hand stitching. Who…me? Yeah. It’s something I don’t do a lot of, but there was a project in the 2007 Quilting Arts Gifts issue that caught my eye. As Christmas approaches, I am thinking about a present for a certain friend. It’s a quilted bag by Linda and Laura Kemshall on page 21. I figured the hand stitching is something I can do in the evenings while watching tv…and then there’s election day coming up. I will need some handwork to do!

I don’t do much hand quilting…like, none, to be exact. Not thinking, I layered my layers with a piece of cotton batting, since I use that exclusively in my quilts and only have that around. I will have to remind myself not to do that again! Hand quilting with cotton batting is not good. It will take much longer, I can tell. And I’m only working on a 14″ square. Here is the full view of the first stage in progress…layered paint rag, polyester sheers, dryer sheets, painted cheesecloth…

…and the close up view…

…this is kind of fun…I just have to remember to use some poly felt for the batting next time!

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8 responses

21 08 2008
Gerrie

This is beautiful, Kathy. The layering gives it such depth and personality.

21 08 2008
Denise Aumick

Wellllll…for someone who doesn’t handstitch much this is a testimony to the fact that you should DO IT MORE! This looks fantastic.

21 08 2008
Julie

It is awesome!!! I love the stitches! Great job Kathy!

21 08 2008
margaret

Lovely. Next time, use wool – the needle slides through as it it were a hot knife cutting butter. Great use for moth-eaten garments, too!

21 08 2008
kathy

Thanks for the idea, Margaret! My sore fingers will remember the next time I do one of these.

22 08 2008
Sharon Eley

Your work is beautiful! I’m trying to locate the dryer sheet!

22 08 2008
Diane

Absolutely stunning. The colors are gorgeous!

24 08 2008
Susan

The fabric is lovely, so many colors…my favorite! I’m very surprised and impressed with the hand quilting too!

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