by Betty Pillsbury
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Crazy quilting involves randomly piecing fabrics to a foundation and then applying lots of embellishment. Traditionally, every seam would have a stitch. During the Victorian era, crazy quilts were extremely popular and competition arose amongst stitchers to see how many stitch variations could be accomplished on a quilt.
I have taken the three most used stitches of crazy quilting - feather, herringbone and cretan, and showed the variety that can be achieved using different Caron threads. Also note how a stitch can take on a different look by simply adjusting the spacing of the stitch. I encourage each stitcher to experiment with all the Caron Collection threads and enjoy crazy quilt embellishment.
1. Triple feather stitch using Wildflowers (089 - Caribbean). Add straight stitches in 4 mm silk ribbon. Sew on small pearls.
2. Triple feather stitch using Wildflowers (089 - Caribbean). Add lazy daisy stitches in Soie Cristale (3061).
3. Triple feather stitch in Rachelette (A-3). Add French knots in Watercolours (011 - Pebbles).
4. Triple feather stitch in Watercolours (011 - Pebbles). Add seed beads.
1. Herringbone done in 2 strands Soie Cristale (7041). Note how the same stitch takes on a different look simply by placing the stitches closer together.
2. Work one row of herringbone in 1 strand of Impressions
3. Herringbone in Watercolours (085 - Antique Brass). Straight stitch on top of herringbone with 2 strands Waterlilies (124- Sunglow) This is known as tied herringbone.
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