Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Lonely Dragonfly Finds A Friend...A Tutorial

I preface this post with the fact,
I am taking an online Beginning
Crazy Quilting class from Kathy Shaw
shawkl .  The classroom is a private
blog, so I am sharing my post
from the class blog here with you.
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Kathy suggested a couple of you may want
to know how I created the dragonfly on my 
block.
There once was a lonely dragonfly
stitched to the corner of a crazy
quilt block.  The dragonfly had
a purpose, he was to spread his
wings and create some interest
in an otherwise quiet corner
of the block.  
The dragonfly was proud to be the
first creature to grace the block,
but he was lonely.
So, the stitcher began to create
a friend.
Using 4mm silk ribbon a loop
was formed much like the beginning
of a lazy daisy stitch.
A tiny stitch using 1 strand
of embroidery floss helped to 
form the shape of the first 
wing.
Another wing was added
in the same way.
The tail was formed with a
stem stitch.  The same stitch
we used on our vine.

A bullion stitch forms the body.  
The bullion may be new to some
of you it looks difficult to
stitch, but really it is quite
fun.  The best hint I read 
about stitching a bullion
was to stroke it as you are
settling it into place. 
Straight stitches were added
for the antenna. 
French knots were placed
at the end of the straight stitch.

The dragonfly was lonely no more
he had a friend to help with his
task of adding interest to their
corner of the block. 
I hope this was helpful!

Deb

17 comments:

Laurie M said...

so beautiful, what a talent you are!

Gigi Harlan said...

Oh how pretty! Embroidery is an art form I have always admired. Your work is so beautiful!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What fun - both the story AND the little bug!

Createology said...

That is the sweetest little story to accompany your uber sweet little dragonflies. How blissful your CQ stitchings are. Sharing Joy...

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

It's beautiful and very well illustrated with a cute little story. Your block is looking very well stitched.

Be well and stay warm.
xx, Carol

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Simply beautiful, dear Deb and a wonderful story:)This is something I could never do and I really admire your emboidery.
Hugs,
Marie

desertskyquilts said...

Nice. I love the whole block. You did some beautiful stitching.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Really pretty block. It seems like just yesterday we were struggling as we began our cq journey together. You have done some beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your little story. Sweet dragonfly.

Dorthe said...

Such a most lovely story, dear Deb,- and both your dragon flies are beautiful, I`m not an embroider and it all looks so special, and wonderful to me, and something I could never do!!
Hugs,Dorthe

Wendy Green said...

Gorgeous work Deb! And thank you so much for your tutorial. I'd love to try some ribbon embroidery, it looks so beautiful. Enjoy the class! Hugs xx

Vicki Boster said...

I knew your stitches would be glorious!! The dragonfly is beyond beautiful--,as is the entire work so far. I can't wait to see more photos as your project continues. I love crazy quilting-- it's wonderful that you are back at doing the things you love:)

See you soon!
Vicki

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

So very pretty! You make it sound so easy. I started a crazy quilt block, no embroidery, just stitching pieces together and never did finish it. Sadly, sewing just isn't my thing. Have a good Sunday. Tammy

margaret said...

what a beauty Deb, good to see you have done such a beautiful block, i have given up on mine as could not understand how to do the silk ribbon iris

Beedeebabee said...

What a lovely little story...and the most adorable dragonflies ever! Your CQ stitching is just absolutely beautiful Deb! xo

Bits of Stitching! said...

They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh just how gorgeous are these adorable little dragonflies. One can never appreciate enough the time and effort that goes into such beautiful stitching and your block looks just beautiful!

~ Dixie said...

Gorgeous work!

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