I decided I better get back to my beading since October is nearly over and I hadn't worked on a new stitch for the month of October. That is exactly why I like posting my challenge on my blog - I have made a commitment and my blog and friends following my blog remind me I better stick to it. I bought a beading book at a garage sale and while looking through it I saw all the possibilities for the Chevron Chain stitch. You can alter it just by changing the bead size and number. Well, now that I am posting it for my monthly challenge I noticed I had done the same stitch as a strap back in February. Oops.
In my defense, I did actually do two new stitches in February, the Chevron Chain being one of them. (No wonder I caught on so quickly ~ lol) I am taking it one step further though. I didn't have quite enough seed beads to do additional rows as I had intended, so I went to my studio stash and found two different lengths of bugle beads that matched in color and some larger, maybe 3 or 4 mm beads that also picked up the colors. I began experimenting with the shorter bugles and the larger beads and really liked the results. This wasn't in the book and was just a result of experimenting with different bead combinations. I really like the way it finishes the edge, don't you. I am going to finish this and then see what happens when I add the longer bugles. This is fun!
I have also been doing some work on my crazy quilt block. I thought I would post a couple of photos to show what I have been doing with it. The stitched seam shown directly below is a blanket stitch done in different lengths and alternating from one side of the seam to the other in sets.
Two other seams are shown below. On the shortest seam I did three Lazy Daisy Stitch clusters. I like how they mimic the large golden flower center on the panel next to it. The longer seam is called the Cretan Stitch. I really like it because (1) it was easy and (2) it looks like such a traditional crazy quilt stitch.
I will be adding to these stitches later on, but I want to get some basics in place for now.
Would love to hear your comments and ideas!