I love to embroider and enjoy being able to pass on my knowledge and love for this beautiful art-form. The most often asked question by my students, is how to achieve a perfect stitch.
This question has been answered with this new set of stencils, Embroidery Stencils, Crazy Quilt Seam Design Collection. The templates include 90 stencil designs to help you achieve the perfect stitch. The accompanying booklet includes hand-illustrated examples of the stencils on each template, with a section of “Stitch Combination” suggestions.
You and your imagination will be able to create an endless array of seam designs, and motif ideas with these stencils. These designs can be used on your crazy-piece, strip-piece, and wholecloth embroidered creations.
The set includes four, 4” x 8” templates, made from durable and translucent plastic, which makes it easy to see the seams and fabric underneath. There are clear instructions in the 16-page how-to booklet, including both left- and right-hand instructions for the stitches, which makes this perfect for both beginners and seasoned stitchers.
The templates are designed for the following stitches and their variations: backstitch, straight stitch, blanket stitch, cretan stitch, fern stitch modern, feather stitch, cross stitch, cross stitch row, chevron stitch, herringbone stitch, lazy daisy stitch, fly stitch, and French knot stitch.
Note: Left-handed embroiderers can flip templates 1-3 over, for the left-handed version of the stitches.
For directions on making a CQ block like the one pictured above, you can download this free handout. The handout provides you with a template design, and instructions for making an 8” x 8” crazy-pieced block. I have also included the directions for the embroidery seam designs that I used on the block.
Happy Stitching to you!
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