Saturday, May 10, 2014

Stitching fun....

At the end of her online Crazy Quilting class, Kathy suggested a Yahoo group that we might be interested in called StitchMAP.

The MAP in the name stands for Mentor Apprentice Program.  Since they are offering a further class in Crazy Quilting  I decided to join up. Not just for the CQ but because they offer so much more.

"Crazy Quilting, Hardanger, Redwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Surface Hand Embroidery, Brazilian Embroidery, Needlepoint, Quilting, Blackwork, Color Theory for Stitchers, Cross Stitch, and other Counted Thread techniques."

I think this group will give me the much needed push to learn new stitching techniques and keep me focused:) 

In order to be able to take the CQ class you first have to complete two initial programs...Colour Theory and Red Work Embroidery.  Since those classes are currently running and can't be joined mid way they offer quite a lot of fun stuff to do while you wait.

Such as "Fun Friday Tut" make an Origami Lotus Drawstring Bag.

You can find the how to's here......Exchanging Fire.

The challenge is to of course make the bag but to also add some embroidery. The area you have to work is very small so I decided to do a tutorial and motif that I saw on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread.

Buttonhole Stitch Leaves.........find the tutorial  here

Be warned.......those leaves are so cute and so addictive....LOL

Here's my finished bag.

I didn't do too bad on the leaves but the flowers....hmmm. Too teeny tiny for me.

Take care:)


  1. Your embroidery stitches match the bag material so perfectly. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. The group sounds like fun! I love the origami bag and have saved the tutorial so I can make one sometime. It would be perfect for gifts.

  3. Sounds like a fun new group Mary Ann, enjoy learning all those new stitches! Love your origami drawstring bag and your flowers are lovely!

  4. The flowers look like they could use a few more petals to round them out. (i fiddle with pattern elements all the time, because I often am not happy with something)

  5. Oh its smashing! Great colours on your fabric too : )

  6. The bag is gorgeous. You do the most delicate and intricate stitches in such a beautiful way.

  7. I'd give you ten out of ten :-) x x x

  8. Lovely as always. The group sounds interesting.

  9. A very cute looking bag and wow to the embroidery! I love it, so pretty!

  10. Sounds like a good group. Am going to check them out. I am ready to start on my ribbon embroidery later today. I have a piece I'll practise on first, but I really want to get going. This is such fun, I feel sad that I procrastinated so long.


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