Sunday, June 26, 2011

POTM-Stacy West

Saturday was the last day for Primitives of the Midwest. Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin, another designer whose work I've long admired. This workshop really emphasized to me the range of design styles that you can find in primitive crafting. I love Maggie Bononomi's work and the very vintage feel of her designs. But I'm also drawn to designs with more detail like Lisa Bongean's and Stacy's and this penny Christmas tree has lots of that!
Stacy also recommends using Stem a Seam to ensure your applique has crisp edges and because it gives a strong enough bond that you can pack it up and take it with you to sew on the road or as you're waiting for kids, etc. 
More Fusing and Cutting!
Stacy also demonstrated another method of blanket stitching.

Practicing New Method
Stacy begins her stitch at the edge of the design which allows her to see exactly where that stitch will come up in the design, looping through the thread on the topside and pulling it taut but not too tight. Stacy used regular DMC floss for this design and the large selection of colors would make it easy to pick one that would blend nicely with whatever you're sewing, if you don't want your stitches to show prominently as part of the design.
Final Touch-Beads for Sparkle

Some of you have asked for more information on Lynda Hall's crazy wool method and this tutorial from Kaaren on The Painted Quilt demonstrates it much better than I could. Her stitches are just beautiful! For me personally, however, I'm beginning to rethink whether it would be easier to do the stitching before adding the applique. While it would mean more stitching, at least for a beginner like me it might help to make the stitching look a little better and more uniform.

As you can imagine, the end of the workshop gave me the same feeling of loss I get when I finish a book that I loved reading. But I'm also coming away with a new enthusiasm and appreciation for wool applique and am so fortunate to have shared a little time with such kind, talented and fun teachers and professionals.


Patti said...

Thanks so much for sharing - looks like an absolutely perfect weekend!

Blessings, Patti

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ohhh...Lucky you to have been able to attend this wonderful workshop - sounds like a lot of talent and fun packed into one weekend. I love Buttermilk Basin designs - and that little penny tree is no exception! Have a wonderful week ahead! Thanks for sharing the tips...Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (PS - You changed your blog name, right??? Or am I getting seriously out of it???)

Trace4J said...

What a wonderful weekend you had friend. Going to check out the tutorial. I love wool.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

I LOVE Buttermilk Basin's patterns.
Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
Thanks for the tutorial.
Prim Blessings