I’m so happy April is here. Spring has finally arrived in New England and we can get out doors! I’m also pretty excited about the progress of this project. I think it’s going to look amazing when it’s complete!
I’ve repeated some of the same stitches we’ve covered on previous branches. The whipped woven circle on the Dove and the pekinese stitch around the hearts are both stitches we used previously.
I also used more bullion knots on the dove, on the top of my flower…
and on the ornaments!
Plus a few French knots on the ends of the branches.
You can find the pattern in my shop!
Thanks for checking out my project!
Hi! Today I have a quick tutorial on the Whipped Woven Stitch that I used as part of the stitching on this months applique.
But first I have to share some pics of the progress!
WHIPPED WOVEN CIRCLE:
To begin, I whip-stitched a white wool circle to my background. You don’t actually need to do this but it makes the Whipped Woven Circle stand out even more.
1) Stitch some spokes, coming up from the outside edge and going down into the center of your circle. I’m using pearl cotton 8, and eight spokes in the example below.
2)Bring your needle up from the back near the center and in-between two spokes. From now on you will be working only from the top of your work.
3) Use the eye end of your needle to travel under the stitch to the left and right of where your thread is coming out… threading under both stitches. This will create a small loop over each spoke that will create the bumps in your finished circle.
4) Pull snug (not tight) and repeat going under the next set of two stitches that are on either side of where you came up. You can see that I am working counter clockwise around my circle.
6) When your circle is full, take the thread to the back of your work and tie off.
If you want to see another example, I made a whipped woven circle to resemble a sea shell on this project! You might have to search for it, it’s white and (hopefully) looks like a tiny sand dollar.
Thanks for playing along and checking out this month! You can find the pattern here…
See you next month!
Yesterday I sent out the February update to subscribers of the Jul I Scandinavia quilt-a-long! Today I have some pictures and stitching tips to share!
If you want to subscribe, you can find the pattern here:
We are beginning with the lowest branches and working our way up.
Last month I gave you some tips on the pekinese stitch and I used it again this month in a few places!
I also added a couple other stitches that you might already know… or like to try.
I used the Bullion Knot to outline the white circles and the red heart. This is probably my favorite stitch and I use it a lot!!! If you aren’t already hooked, maybe you will be soon!
To Start ~ I’m using a milliners size 1 needle.
Bring your thread up from the back of your work, anywhere along the edge of your applique is fine.
Take a back-stitch about the length you want your knot to be. Mine is roughly 1/4″. Bring your needle out where the thread is coming out.
Take the thread (next to the tip of your needle) and wrap your needle enough times to fill the back-stitch space (estimate). I wrapped mine clockwise about 12 times. Wrap it snug, but not so tight you can’t pull your needle through it.
Now here is the trickiest part… and it’s not really that tricky once you’ve done it.
I use my left (non dominant) hand and place my thumb over the wraps on the needle in the front of my work, and my index finger on the back of my work and hold the wraps in place (pinching it) while I pull the needle through. Once the needle is pulled through it should look like this…
Pull the tail down close to the work so the knot rests along the edge of the applique. You might have to fuss with it slightly till you get the hang of it.
Now you insert your needle again at the base of the knot (where the tail is coming out) and take a stitch so your needle comes out 1/4″ above the top of that knot…
Take another back-stitch to repeat the process…
You can use any length stitch and any number of wraps. If you use a lot of wraps and a short stitch the result will be more of a loop. You’ll be hooked in no time!!!
I also used a few fly stitches and French knots. You are probably more familiar with these stitches…
I worked from the left to the right and then back again. To start bring the needle up from the back of your work.
Insert the needle about 1/4″ to the right and angle the stitch to come out in-between the stitches about 1/4″ lower with the thread under the needle.
Insert it just below the V… notice (with my left hand) I have tension on the tail so the knot stays snug until I’ve pulled the needle and thread all the way through to the back of my work.
Continue to the right side.
When you get to the edge return to the left with the fly stitch but instead of adding a french knot, just make a stitch at the base of the V.
Continue back to the left edge.
Done! I hope these tips helped some of you!
See you Next Month!
The Jul i Scandinavia Quilt-a-Long is underway! This is a non-traditional block of the month pattern that’s all applique.
Originally, I had purchased some red flannel for the background fabric for my sample but I happened upon some red wool and I was hooked… but I’ll let you in on a little secret! I’m in a robin group with my local quilty friends and they are working on this pattern using a gray cotton background and white wool, similar to this needle book I made from the scraps!
In the photo above, the top white flower and the red heart and little circles are all wool and the two white hearts are velvet.In the next photo, the red flannel on the inside pocket is the flannel I had originally picked as my background. It won’t go to waste tho, and maybe I’ll be able to incorporate a little bit into my quilt-a-long project!
If you’d like to make a needle book, I have a needle book tutorial you can use to make one too.
For the January installment of the quilt-a-long, subscribers received the supply list and the pattern for the tree already.
There are two main supplies for this project (background and applique fabric) and I will also be using some white velvet to embellish. I purchased all three of these items from a wonderful shop called Camp Wool in Kennebunk Maine. They don’t have an online shop but if you can’t find your supplies locally, you can call their shop for availability and ask if they will ship to you direct.
The two wools and other supplies I purchased at Camp Wool are:
Dorr Bright White #163
Marcus (red) Ro5-7717-2123
The Velveteen was off the bolt, and I don’t have the sku but it’s a creamy white color and lighter than the white wool. (lush velveteen 100%cotton)
Red wool sampler 5 pack (see photo below)
To Coordinate with the wools I purchased Aurifil Wool Thread (optional) in these two colors: Red 8260 and White 8021. I will use these wool threads to whip-stitch the wool applique in place.
If you use wool be sure to check to see if it needs to be washed prior to beginning your project. And, if you decide to use velveteen… Do not iron it!
You can embellish with some threads and extra fabrics if you want to. I’m starting with some pearl cotton, embroidery floss, red wool scrap pack and 1 1/2″ ribbon.
Some of these supplies are listed in my shop if you can’t find similar products locally.
I also have the Midnight Sprout version of the ribbon in my shop if you like the gray color scheme (who wouldn’t?) –
Assembly of the tree pattern is pretty straight forward…
Since the applique is wool, no seam allowance is needed. I simply pinned my template to the wool and cut out the applique shape. All the extra wool that is cut away will be used for the remaining applique shapes.
I made my tree in two layers. The first layer of my tree is wool which I whip-stitched in place using Aurifil wool thread and then I used pearl cotton for the decorative pekinese stitch around the perimeter.
The second layer of my tree is velveteen. I cut it out using the same template, basted it in place and needle turned the edges under so it’s slightly smaller than the wool. I then back stitched around the perimeter of the velveteen with the white pearl cotton 8
The pekinese stitch is easy and looks so pretty. It’s basically a woven back stitch. I back-stitched the perimeter with white pearl cotton 5 and wove the ecru pearl cotton 8 through the back-stitches.
I’m using a chenille needle for the back-stitching and a milliners size 1 needle for weaving. To weave, bring your milliners needle up from the back behind the first back stitch. Working right to left (or whichever direction is comfortable to you) count two stitches to the left and use the eye end of the milliners needle to thread the pearl cotton under the backstitch from the top to the bottom.
leave a small loop, count one back-stich to the right and use the eye end of the needle again to weave the stitch under the back-stitch from the bottom to the top…
keep the needle above the loop and pull through…
pull until the thread is snug but not so tight you pucker your wool. Then just repeat (two to left, one to right)!
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See you next month!
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I will be hosting two Quilt-a-Long Programs this year! One will be a traditional Block of the Month (announcement coming soon) and one will be a Christmas Quilt!
Jul i Scandinavia
Jul i Scandinavia is an applique quilt measuring 32″ x 40″. I will be making my quilt on a red flannel base using primarily white wool for the applique.
Instead of receiving a block each month, you will receive the applique templates for a branch or section of the project. Please be aware that the image shown is a rough draft of the pattern and may change slightly.
I’d love it if you joined in!
This year I will have the BOM patterns listed in two places. You can sign up any time
IF YOU SIGN UP IN MY SHOP
You will be emailed monthly with the pattern information and templates to date.
IF YOU SIGN UP ON CRAFTSY
I will update the pattern monthly on Craftsy and you will be able to view and download the updated pattern information and templates directly.