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Build a Seam Challenge - Week 20 (Basque Stitch)


This week's Build a Seam Challenge is a lesser used stitch called the Basque Stitch. It creates a series of loops and is good on curved seams and interesting when done with varigated thread. There are good diagrams and instructions available in Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary which are very helpful if this stitch is unfamiliar to you. You are also likely to find instructions in any good stitch book you may have at your disposal.

The Build a Seam Challenge is open to anyone who would like to take part. My only request is that you share a picture of what you come up with. Please leave a comment with a link to your photo so we can all enjoy your creation. The purpose of the challenge is to try to stretch our comfort zones a bit as far as seam treatments go by trying new stitches, etc. Each week I will post a new stitch or a basic framework for a seam and it is up to everyone to see what they can add in the way of stitches, beads, baubles, etc. to come up with a seam treatment they are happy with. Have fun!

Comments

Joan J said…
Every time I come on your blog I am floored by the beauty of your stitches. You're actually making me want to do a new crazy quilt, which I haven't done in ages. Thanks for the inspiration!
Carol said…
I'm enjoying following your Build a Seam Challenge. I'm getting ready to make some crazy quilt blocks and look forward to trying out some of the stitches you have highlighted
Thank you Carol both for stopping by and your kind comments! I would love to see what you do with your crazy quilt blocks! I hope you will be sharing pictures...
Hugs,
Kerry

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