The second task in the monogram lesson was to make a beaded letter. I felt I was going to not have enough beads, so I opted to use a stem stitch in a large perle cotton as fill. I rather like the texture combination! I hadn’t done any true beading work before, so getting the practice to use the backstitch method was nice. To fancy it up a bit more than a plain ole S, I added a little resin rose and a leaf sequin.
So, yes, “S” for my dear Sasha cat. I just didn’t want to make three monograms all about me, so I figured my cats could qualify (see Maya’s here)! At first I was opposed to the idea because my furry lumps won’t be around forever, but then my MIL pointed out that that is exactly a good reason to stitch them something special!
Since I have already done two variations of the letter “R” for me (see here and here), I’ve come up with two options. I may try to make a less feminine letter for Boy, though the ideas I have for him don’t really jive with the rest of the blocks I’ve made. Or, I may use my last initial for the third task. I’m still thinking about this one!
The lessons for this segment of the intermediate crazy quilt course (ICQC) involve working monograms in a few different styles. The first task is using embroidery. I wanted to challenge myself, of course, so I didn’t just use basic stitches. There is nothing fancy here, but it was a good practice for techniques I have only barely tried before.
To make the letter, I used some twine/cord and couched it using the satin stitch. The other rarely-used-by-me technique I employed was putting a felt disk underneath the large flower to pop it up a bit.
If you are wondering why “M”, well, once I saw this style (Kathy calls it Sun Daisy), the M looked like it had little cat ears so I immediately thought of Maya. Because of the cord and my skill level, mine doesn’t have the pointy look of ears as much, but I still like how it turned out!
And I can’t do one cat without the other, so you’ll definitely see an S coming up 😺
The title of this post claims you’ll see wisteria, but in truth, I converted this task to a grapevine because I’ve never seen wisteria in person (though it is all over my dream house grounds!) but my gramma and grampa had a small vineyard. The premise is still the same: use an unconventional fiber as the main trunk and go from there.
I chose some twine, and only after the fact did I feel like I should have dyed it darker to stand out better against this fabric. Live and learn! I used a silver cord to replicate the wire that stabilized the grapevine. My gramma gave me a roll of starched fabric – I am not sure if it is meant to be binding or meant to be ties; it tears easily and she uses it all the time and I am sure it was used on the grapes so I cut little strips from it to tie up the grapes and tacked them down with a little stitch. Beads stand in as grape clusters, and I used the stumpwork wire technique for their leaves. I used some wire also for shaping some vines – a technique I wanted to try (probably inspired mostly by Salley Mavor) and I must say, it went so much faster than I expected it would! I stitched some leaves and vines to add more greenery (and it could probably use much more). It is all grounded by some rock beads and stitching (again, needs more). I think when I add more embellishments, the ground will come together more.
Because this motif takes over the whole block, I think I will have to place it centrally on the entire quilt. Time will tell – can’t wait to see it continue to develop! :D