First of all, I should define "crazy quilting". I do not mean that quilters are crazy (though some may be) rather it is "a method of laying down bits and pieces of fabric in a haphazard fashion and sewing or appliquéing them to a whole cloth" (Webser's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary). Those of you that know me at all, will realize that this type of quilting is right up my alley! Once the whole cloth is covered then the fun begins as each seam is encrusted with decorative details and a combination of embroidery, crocheting, tatting, and beading.
Now back to my story of how I returned to crazy quilting : well the former client tracked me down accidentally while attending a "Figurative art" show at the Coast Collective gallery back in October of 2013. She talked to me and recognized my dolls in this show and asked if I had made crazy quilted Christmas stockings years ago. I said that I did indeed make them years ago and you could see her face lit up! She had purchased one of these Christmas stockings and still had it and treasured it year after year. She told me that she had always regretting not purchasing another one and asked if I could make one for her for Christmas 2014. I was reluctant at first as I did not even keep one as an example and had not taken any photos of the finished stocking. She assured me that she would send me photos if only I would agree to make her another one. I agreed and I am happy to say that it is done and I love it. I hope she loves it as well.
I will show you the original stockings that I made back in the early 90's: the first one is the one I made for my sister
Now the one I had sold:
I used a lot of my tatted and crocheted pieces on this stocking (the toe)
|This is the other side of the same stocking.|
My former client was very good at sending me close-ups of the various sections of stocking:
|I loved embroidering the trees and I loved making the pansies in crochet.|
|Here you can see the silk ribbon embroidering as well.|
Wow, after looking at the stockings closely (in the pictures above), I realized that I had a lot of fun but it did take a lot of work!
The books I have in my library that are must haves for crazy quilting are as follows:
-The Crazy Quilt Handbook (by Judith Baker Montano)
-Elegant Stitches (by Judith Baker Montano)
A couple of new books that I purchased this year were also very useful when I was stuck on what to do for the next seam:
-Foolproof Crazy Quilting (by Jennifer Clouston)
-Crazy Quilting, the Complete Guide (by J. Marsha Michler)
Additionally, a web-site that I found that was great for tutorials on embroidery stitches is: http://www.needlenthread.com
Now on to the new creation for my client: I decided to make the top with yellow/gold crocheted edging as her original is in burgundy:
|Side one of the stocking|
|Side two of the stocking|
Here are additional photos of the various areas up close:
|I did some trees again!|
|This is the top ribbons (at the edge) with the loop to hang the stocking.|
Well, I will put my crazy quilting aside for now and start on more ornaments for Christmas sales!