Thursday, May 24, 2012
Cathy's Fools Gold Round Robin Block
I chose this block because of the vertical seam lines which appealed to me and my love of seam treatments - perfect place to go crazy with them!
Starting on the short right seam, I used one gold colour of Kreinik #3 braid for a Herringbone Stitch and stitched Cretan Stitch on top in another shade of the Kreinik. I added trios of Detached Chain Stitch (lazy daisy) at the points of the herringbone and on the points of the Cretan Stitch I added amber flower beads.
The center seam was made by making a series of five lines of small straight stitches and then threading back and forth through them with Japan gold thread, once with gold colour and once with silver colour. Trios of bugle beads were stitched down at each curve and a bead added.
The last seam, on the far left, was started with back and forth semi circles stitched across the seam line using copper coloured #4 Kreinik braid in Chain Stitch. The Fly Stitch leaves were added on Chain Stitch branches in the same thread and placed asymmetrically wherever my eye thought they were needed.
The large leaf charm is a piece of reclaimed jewellery and can be easily removed is Cathy doesn't care for it. I'm not sure of it myself. In any case, it is on it's way to the next stitcher and I hope Cathy enjoys what I've done.