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National Sewing Month

Day 30

Question: Is you art influenced by other works of art? YES is my answer!

12 1/2″ x 13 3/4″

Misty Blue Hills by Christen Brown

This piece was created with a printed upholstery fabric that I had for many (many, many) years, that I used for the center, because of the great coloring and lines. I pieced the simple border with blue and creme colored printed fabrics. The embroidery stitching follows the pattern in the center, using the blanket and fly stitches netted, along with the chain stitch double, chain stitch cable, chain, herringbone, feather, stem, linked bullion, stem/outline fern, open chain, portugese knotted stem, palestrina knot, string of pearls, coral, running stitch whipped, snail trail, and scroll stitches. The detail stitches were the French knot, bell flower and stacked bead stitches. I used a Sashiko style of stitching on the border fabrics. Many vintage glass, metal, shell and celluloid buttons were used for embellishments, along with two bone dragons.

I wanted to show you the comparison of the two pieces that influenced Misty Blue Hills (first image). The second image is vintage purse, made from a beautiful piece of fabric with tiny bead embellishments. The third image is the very famous piece titled “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. This is a woodblock print, that is also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, created by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai.

This piece is the cover and can be seen in my new book Hand Embroidery Dictionary.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 29

Do you plan out every detail, or do you approach your work with serendipity? For this piece, I did a bit of planning, so that the metal frame could take a prominent place amongst the pieced fabrics.

13″ x 11″

Midnight in Paris by Christen Brown

This wallhanging is crazy pieced with cotton solid and printed fabrics and vintage laces. The embroidery was worked in silk embroidery ribbons (4mm and 7mm), silk perle, perle cotton, and cotton floss. Vintage buttons, beads, an antique metal frame, and charms were used for embellishments. A ribbon border with beaded details showcase the piecing and the frame.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 28

What form of piecing do you prefer? I really love crazy-piecing, simply because you can use the pieces and scraps that you have on hand, and the pieced lines provide a variety of opportunities to embroider and embellish.

Victoriana 1 and Victoriana 2 by Christen Brown

These two pieces were stitched using the same fabrics, and are almost identically pieced together. I was going to make a purse, but decided that two small wall hangings were more desirable. The embroidery stitches were worked in silk embroidery ribbon, perle cotton and cotton floss. Beads, charms and buttons were used for the embellishments.

You can find these two pieces in The Embroidery Book by C&T Publishing.

The Crazy Lady Victoriana by Christen Brown

This piece was made using the same fabrics as the above two pieces, with the addition of several vintage silk ties and their lining fabrics. I created this piece while I was teaching a class titled the Crazy Corner. I enjoyed adding in all of the embellishments such as a birds nest, fabric yo-yos, and ribbonwork flowers.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 27

13 1/2″ x 13 1/2″

Wild Persimmons by Christen Brown

This piece started with a crazy-pieced base of silk and cotton fabrics, which was machine quilted in a random spiral pattern. A rayon cord was couched down with seed beads to create a pattern. The embroidery and embellishments that follow the pattern are vintage plastic and glass buttons, sequins, glass seed beads, and large beads.

This piece can be seen in my book Beaded Embroidery Stitching.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 24

Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, C&T Publishing

Darling Motif Sampler by Christen Brown

This crazy-pieced block gave me the perfect opportunity to embroider the stencils from the Darling Motif Collection, by C&T Publishing. I loved being able to use the variety of stencils here, and the pieced sections were easy to work around. I suggest using basic stitches like the outline, stem, chain, backstitch, straight, lazy daisy, and French knot stitches when highlighting a shape or object.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 23

Sand Pebbles by Christen Brown

This piece started with a beautiful vintage lace applique, backed with a sand-colored cotton fabric. I embroidered the piece with several colors of Wildflower threads from the Caron Collection, then embellished the embroidered and lace sections with vintage and new glass beads, and jewelry findings. I bordered the outer edge with a piece of Hanah silk ribbon, and a few hand-blown glass beads.

You can find this piece in my book Embroidered and Embellished by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Design Workshop Tips from the Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Embroidered Base Designs
The construction of the fabric base will determine the overall design of the embroidery and embellishments. The fabric base can begin as a solid-color wholecloth base, a base with one or more printed fabrics, or a foundation strip- or crazy-pieced design.

Embellishment Extras

Once the base of the project is designed, pieces of trim, ribbon, bits of lace, or appliqués can be added for additional design opportunities. The embroidery can be worked on the edges or through the width of the trim or lace, with the same stitch or with different stitches.

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of the eBook of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, C&T Publishing you can visit the following sites this week.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing, https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery, https://joavery.co.uk 

Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos, https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/ 

Alish Henderson: Jamie Chalmers (@mrxstitch) • Instagram photos and videos

Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com 

Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Happy Stitching~ Christen

Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Design Workshop Tips from the Hand Embroidery Dictionary

Embroidered Base Designs
The construction of the fabric base will determine the overall design of the embroidery and embellishments. The fabric base can begin as a solid-color wholecloth base, a base with one or more printed fabrics, or a foundation strip- or crazy-pieced design.

Pieced Patterns

The embroidery Design on a pieced base can be worked on one or both sides of the seam or straddling the seam; the stitches can also be worked into the open spaces between seams. The length of the seam and the section of fabric between the adjacent seams will determine the size of the embroidered row and any additional stitched components.

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of the eBook of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, C&T Publishing you can visit the following sites this week.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing, https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery, https://joavery.co.uk 

Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos, https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/ 

Alish Henderson: Jamie Chalmers (@mrxstitch) • Instagram photos and videos

Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com 

Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/ 

Happy Stitching~ Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 22

11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″

California Dreamin’ by Christen Brown

This wall hanging started with a simple strip-pieced design using two marbled fabrics and bleached muslin. The center square and third square were cut from the muslin, and were then entirely embroidered with decorative and details stitches. The second and fourth squares were cut from the two marbled fabrics, with each strip bordered with chain and French knot stitches. Vintage green sew-through beads were stitched along the border.

You can find this piece in my new book the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

National Sewing Month

Day 21

21 1/2″ x 12 3/4″

Big Leaves by Christen Brown

This piece started with the large linen leaf print. I chose Valdani perle cotton for the embroidery stitches because of the ombre and variegated colors. The printed fabric gave me so many opportunities to use a variety of embroidery stitches.

You can find this piece in my book the Hand Embroidery Dictionary by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen