Monday, 13 July 2015

Trees

Hello, I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  Last week was a busy week for me but, I had a nice quiet weekend and that can only mean one thing.... lots of stitching!!

In my last post I shared with you two backgrounds that I prepared for one of Kathy Shaw's crazy quilt classes. The backgrounds are for the ICQC 107 Class which is a class designed to teach various silk ribbon embroidery techniques by adding miniature flowers to the backgrounds to create two garden scenes.  I really enjoyed embroidering the backgrounds and in particular the tree as I learned a new technique for embroidering the leaves.



However, this is not the only tree I have stitched this past week. I am also signed up to take another of Kathy's classes, ICQC 103 which, is designed to teach basic surface embroidery motifs.



You may recall that I showed you the base blocks that I made for this class a couple of weeks ago.




Well, the first couple of surface embroidery motifs that I have learned are both trees.  The first was an embroidered tree using french knots, stem stitch and chain stitch.  The second is a 'twisted' tree which uses a technique where threads are twisted and then couched onto the surface of the block.




I really enjoyed learning both techniques and I am looking forward to the next lesson.

I will be linking this post with 'Super Mom - No Cape' for the latest stitchery link up party.

42 comments:

  1. Beautiful backgrounds and trees! So lovely, Christine!

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    1. Thank you Martina! I really enjoyed working on them! :) x

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    1. Thank you Ali! They were a lot of fun to stitch! :) x

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  3. That French knot tree is beautiful, love it ­čśâ

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    1. Thank you! It was really fun to stitch and I love the overall finished effect.

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    1. Thank you! They were a lot of fun to stitch! :) x

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  5. Ohhhh beautiful! You have made my creative mind start thinking! I love these.
    ~Tanya

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    1. Thank you Tanya! They were a lot of fun to stitch! :) x

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  6. These are so pretty Christine. I love the leaf stitching on the first one, especially the middle part of the leaves - is that called a Cretan stitch? You are gaining some impressive skills! And having fun too. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda! I am having a lot of fun! The leaves on the first tree were stitched using fly stitch, it is quite quick to do. There is a tutorial on Kathy Shaw's blog how to create them. :) x

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  7. Your trees look nice, and they really enhence your blocks
    KATRIN W.

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    1. Thank you Katrin! I really enjoyed stitching them!

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  8. Interesting work Christine, both trees are gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Sheryl! It is always lovely to learn new techniques! :) x

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  9. Liebe Christine,
    welch wundersch├Âne B├Ąume hast Du gestickt. Es passt gut zu den toll gestalteten Hintergr├╝nden. Da bin ich gespannt auf weitere Arbeiten.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! It is fun to learn new stitching techniques and there are lots more lessons to come! :) x

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  10. Your trees both look fab! I like your stitchery!

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    1. Thank you Janet! I am really enjoying learning these new techniques! :) x

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  11. I love your trees. So fabulous

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    1. Thank you Gina! I had a lot of fun learning how to stitch them! :) x

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  12. Your trees look fabulous, Christine xx

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    1. Thank you Christine! They were a lot of fun to stitch! :) x

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  13. What fun Christine! These are great trees - you should be proud. Wish I had more time at the moment to take part in more of Kathy's classes...hopefully in the fall.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I really enjoyed stitching them and the classes are so helpful and informative! :) x

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  14. Wow Christine, those blocks with the trees are beautiful. Great job.

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    1. Thank you Leanne! I am having a lot of fun with these online classes! ;) x

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  15. really lovely trees, I'd be hard pushed to choose a favourite

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    1. Thank you Wendy! May favourite always seems to be the last thing I have stitched! :) x

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  16. Those beautiful blocks, such pretty colours! are you going to do different trees in each one?

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    1. Thank you Lyn! They are a lot of fun to stitch. There are other embroidered motifs to learn as well as the trees, so I will be working on those next. :) x

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  17. Love your trees, your crazy quilting is coming along just beautifully. You are very talented to pick it up so quickly.

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I really enjoy working these surface embroidery designs and I am learning so much from the classes! All thanks to that first post on your blog!!! :) x

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  18. I love ypur trees , what a great technique to stitch them and your backgrounds are beautiful !

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    1. Thank you Sheila! They were tremendous fun to stitch! :) x

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  19. I just love embroidered trees and these are fabulous! I had a friend point me to Kathy's twisty tree tutorial shortly after I began crazy quilting, and I just loved it! Your work is all so very pretty!

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    1. Thank you Renee! I am learning so much from this class.... it is fabulous! The trees were so much fun to stitch, I really enjoyed trying the different techniques! :) x

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    1. Thank you Angela! I really enjoyed stitching them all! :) x

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  21. Oh my Christine... the trees are so beautiful!

    I have got to get some projects checked off my list so I have time to take some of these classes. The things I'm seeing everyone learning all look so interesting.

    Thanks for linking up to last Monday's Stitchery Link Party and for linking back. Aloha hugs!

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    1. Thank you Sue! The classes really are such a lot of fun and I am learning so much! Thank you for hosting the link up! :) x

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