Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Stitching with selvedges


Most of us here at &Stitches are fans of sewing and quilting as well as embroidery. So for our 'No floss allowed' theme I thought I would challenge myself to use up the selvedges that run down the side of printed fabric.
I used a fairly loose weave linen and had to trim the selvedges down a little bit to be able to thread them through a needle (I used a big crewel needle for this). I enjoyed the way they frayed as I stitched- I like the little ragged bits hanging down as I am usually quite a neat stitcher. I made a little sampler up using running stitch, chain stitch, french knots and couching- no traditional floss at all!

I think this would also work well with brightly coloured fabric torn into strips and you could also vary the widths of the strips to get different textures. Has anyone else given this a try?

We are starting to notice a few Freaky flowers swap pictures popping up on FLickr, Instagram and Facebook. Don't forget to post pictures of what you receive in the the &Stitches flickr group or on our Facebook or tag us on Instagram (@stitchygeeks) because we can't wait to see what you all made!!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

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