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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Embellishment Challenge

Many of my cross stitch followers have expressed an interest in trying crazy quilting. I know many beginners are overwhelmed with the idea and just don't know where to start. Well, I thought I would help by offering everyone an "Embellishment Challenge"!

Here's the challenge:

Print this simple charted blackwork design that I worked up for you using whatever thread(s) you like on the fabric of your choice. Be creative. You can use more than one color to stitch it.

Upon completion, embellish it with whatever you have on hand. Buttons, beads, ribbon, SRE, sequins, prefinished ribbon flowers...the only rules are, you must use what is already in your stash. Combine things, if you want. We're not looking for perfection, we're looking to spark your creativity.

I'll write more about the creative process another time but for now, give it a try. Have fun and go with the flow.

I'm not sure if you can post photos here or not. I'll have to check that out. But when you're done, you're welcome to post photos at my EZ Board and if you would like, you can email me jpg's and I'll be glad to upload them here. If I find that you can do that yourself here, I'll let you know.

I know the chart looks a little large here. Just right click on it and the click "save image as". Then you can open it in whatever program you have for printing.



The Mad Stitcher said...

Thanks, Pam! This may be the *nudge* that I need to finally get started on my quilt. I am so afraid of making that first cut. I think once I get the *piecing* done I'll be fine.

Another thing that may prove helpful to other beginners are the books and websites you posted over on EZboard. Could you add them here as well--especially the CQ book titles and the site for the beaded flowers that you use?

Thanks again for the encouragement and inspiration.

Kathy aka The Mad Stitcher

Pamela Kellogg said...

Hi Kathy! So glad to see you here. Yes, I'll be very happy to repost that information. I'll make myself a note and do that first thing in the morning.


Robin said...

Thank you.
I have taken your challenge and stitched the chart. Now I'm working on finding just the right embellishments. I've had my head in the stash closet several times today, just haven't found the right thing yet.

Please take a peek at it so far.

Happy Stitching
Robin in Washington State

Pamela Kellogg said...

Robin, that's lovely! I loved how you used gingham. I assumed everyone would use x stitch fabric. See, you're already being creative! Be sure to send me a jpg when you're done and I'll post it here for you.


Grangry said...

Pam, thanks for the challenge and the chart. I have used gingham too - its the effect of all those aprons and all that chicken scratch!

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