Whether you create full-on embroidered quilts or just do a little hand stitching here and there, I bet you a have a favorite stitch or two.
Hand quilting is truly a labor of love. The choice to hand quilt instead of finishing by machine can be made for many reasons.
"Quilt as desired." Those directions, often found at the end of a
tutorial on making a quilt or a quilted project, can be freeing or
frustrating. There are so many quilting techniques to choose from, how do you decide what works best?
You don't have to have scores of computerized embroidery stitches on
your sewing machine to create beautiful machine embroidery designs. Just
a few stitches and tutorials from free-motion embroidery experts will
allow you to achieve the artistry you're looking for.
In my book, there are few fiber art projects that can't be improved with a little hand embroidery. Hand stitches add interest, texture, and the personal touch of the artist.
I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art.
In this free eBook, Sewing Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Articles on How to Sew a Quilt Including a Sewing Tutorial on English Paper Piecing, we give you four options for how to sew a quilt from expert quilt artists, plus a basic guide to sewing machine techniques, including a quick reference guide to basic tools and terms.
When I first laid eyes on Dijanne Cevaal's "Blue Travelers' Blanket," a rich example of appliqué quilting, I fell in love with it.
Every time I think I that I am too busy to make any art, I come across an artist who has found a way to fit fiber art into her day—even if it is just a bit of hand sewing.
Idle hands were frowned upon in my house when I was growing up. There was always something to do. If I wanted to watch TV (and I wanted to watch TV!), I had to be doing something productive at the same time. So I would sit down with either knitting or embroidery, and watch to my heart's content.
All these new TV shows about fairy tale characters in the contemporary world casting spells and carrying out age-old vendettas has me thinking: If an evil fairy/stepmother/witch cursed me so that I was left with ability to create only one hand embroidery stitch, what would it be?
I'm known for my high energy, but sometimes my life gets so busy, I feel like I'm running around in circles. That's when I have to schedule an hour or so in my studio for some artful R&R.
Machine and hand embroidery are the hallmarks of art quilt design and construction. Depending on the stitch and the thread or fiber used, embroidery techniques can give your quilts a contemporary edge or vintage charm.In this free eBook, Essential Embroidery Stitches: Free Hand and Machine Embroidery Designs and Techniques, we've assembled four of our best articles on machine and hand embroidery techniques.
Contemporary art quilters and mixed-media stitchers may take vastly different approaches to their art, but one thing we all have in common is our love of stitchery and sewing techniques. I, for one, can never get enough sewing ideas, whether its machine quilting stitches or hand stitching techniques.