Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Friday, April 28, 2017

More details on wool applique


I keep going back and adding more embroidery and beading to my wool appliqué flowers -- it's hard to know when to quit! Plus, it's so addictive and meditative that I don't want it to end.



I've decided that the herringbone stitch (blue thread in photo above) is one of my favorites. It looks more complicated than it is and it goes very quickly.


I started out planning to use oodles of colors of beads but ended up mainly using gold. I used some gold in every single block to act as a unifying element. Love gold beads!


Here's another herringbone detail in the orange thread below. I like using it to fill in spaces like this. 

I have one block left to go, and I've been saving it for Sew Day tomorrow. I always used to bring my sewing machine to Sew Day, but for the last year or two I've mainly done hand stitching -- and my thumb joints are sure feeling it.


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Have a colorful weekend

9 comments:

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

These are gorgeous! I love all the colors you are using, and also love the gold beads. I have some, but they aren't as shiny gold as yours... time to do a little bead shopping!

The Idaho Beauty said...

So sumptuous and you are right about that herringbone stitch being a great filler. I used to haul my machine & all that goes with it but have no desire to do that anymore. So much easier to pack up a small bag with your handwork and a few supplies. Yes, we have gotten old. . . or maybe just smart!

Lynda said...

Oh my! These are absolutely beautiful! But no, you are not going to pull me into wool applique - no, no, no! :-) Thanks for the inspiration.

Jenny Lyon said...

What glorious color, texture and detail!

Angela said...

Your stitching is gorgeous!

Norma Schlager said...

What a fun piece! The colors are scrumptious and your stitching impeccable.

Peggy French said...

Love your work and all the stitching!

Linda M said...

Love the stitching! I've never used the herringbone stitch, I may have to give it a try.

Deb Thuman said...

Your work is wonderful and I'm looking forward to seeing photographs of the finished quilt.