Thursday, January 22, 2015

My article in Embroidery Canada - Bullions

The latest issue of Embroidery Canada arrived in my mailbox this last week and I was very pleased to see my article on bullion stitch in it.  Embroidery Canada is put out by The Embroiderers' Association of Canada and I look forward to every issue with great anticipation.  It's great and I usually sit down and read it cover to cover within a day or two - more than I can say about a lot of the ones I buy! lol
So, I have been writing articles for the last little while, each one focusing on a certain stitch, variations of it, and photos of examples to try to entice readers to give it a try and see what they can do with it.  It is sort of a natural continuation of the Build a Seam series here on my blog.  What can I say?  I love stitches!
I want to send out a big thank you to my friends at Crazy Quilting International for allowing me to use photographs of some of their beautiful work.  Phyllis Latham shared the incredible little white bird on this page with me.  Believe it or not, it is one long bullion stitch with 120 wraps that are then manipulated to create this bird.
Phyllis also created the adorable bullion stitch cupcake on this page - too cute!  Flora Goodson shared the Christmas tree, the heart and the grasshopper.  The grasshopper is another incredible little piece of stitching.  The robin and beehive with bees are mine, both inspired by A-Z of Bullions put out by Country Bumpkin.
Of course, I had to sneak a crazy quilting block into the article!  lol  Janet Popish was kind enough to share her creation with me to inspire and delight.  The little Christmas pudding at the top is another of mine, once again stitched from A-Z of Bullions.
I have to say I am having a lot of fun writing these articles and hope to continue with the series for a little while.  My friends at Crazy Quilting International will, I hope, continue helping me out with examples of their work to use so I can show their stitching off to the world!
If you haven't tried Bullion Stitch yet - do it!  I needed a hands on tutorial from my friend Ilys to get my head around this stitch initially (thank you Ilys!) but once you get the hang of it there is virtually nothing you can't do with it.  Bullion Stitch is definitely one of the most versatile and creative stitch in our box of stitching tools!

7 comments:

Annie said...

Congratulation! What a great feature. I once did a needlepoint pillow of a cute angel using Persian yarn and the angel's curly hair was all done in Bullion stitch. Haven't tried it since, but you have inspired me!

Suztats said...

I love bullions, Kerry! I shall look forward to reading your article once my copy finally turns up in the mailbox--it always seems to be late. Congrats.

D1-D2 said...

I read that article. It was nice to see the different things you can do with the bullion stitch.

gocrazywithme said...

Thanks for getting my stitches published again, Kerry! It's a thrill for me to be in print.

Momma Bear said...

So much fun! Thankyou Kerry for letting me participate!
it's always exciting to see my stuff in print­čśŐ

Flora

sewok said...

Kerry, thank you for including my photos in your article. So exciting since it is the first time I have ever had anything printed/published. Your article is wonderful and I am glad I could participate. Phyllis

Wilma said...

Great article Kerry. Love the birds and Christmas cake in bullion stitches, never realised you could do those things with them. Must give it a try!