Incorporating counted stitchery (like cross stitch) into quilted projects is not a new concept.
This course is about a new technique to add borders--quilt fabric AND counted stitchery--around a stitched center. The technique is extremely accurate and has endless design potential. I find it very exciting, and quite unique, if a bit fussy!
I named the new technique "Stitchery Crossover."
Piazza is the 'Lite' version of two introductory prerequisite online courses from Hummingbird Highway. The other is Mia Rosa, which includes a larger project, two different types of counted stitchery and a more extensive supply kit.
Either Mia Rosa or its 'lite' alternative, Piazza (the subject of this course) is a pre-requisite class to teach you how to incorporate this hand-work technique in your stitchery/quilty projects. Learn the basics here (OR in the Mia Rosa course), so you are ready for more exciting projects to come!
The Piazza (which means 'town square' in Italian) course breaks into six distinct sections
- Overview. Background information, and terminology you may encounter throughout the course.
- Getting Started. Preparatory information and a review of kit materials.
- Cross Stitch. Some tips and suggestions for those who might be new to counted cross stitch as well as techniques for experienced Cross Stitchers.
- Piazza Crossover. This is the true heart of the course. Learn the technique to add multiple borders to your stitched project.
- Finish It. The course includes basic steps to make a small quilted project to use as a small table topper or wall hanging. Some quilting and sewing skills are assumed.
- Beyond Piazza. Now that you know how to do this cool technique, where can you use it. What's next?
The course is self-directed. Once you complete each module, a new lesson will become available. I strongly recommend that you complete the activity in each section before moving on to the next section. If something isn't clear, please stop and email me any questions.
What's not included in the Piazza course
The Stitchery Crossover technique has tons of variables. This course focuses on technique, with a goal to make a small 'crossed-over' quilt block. The Piazza chart was designed exclusively for this course and technique. Once you master the Stitchery Crossover technique on Piazza, the potential to add the Stitchery Crossover technique to other projects is endless.
We'll finish the block into a small quilted project in the course.
The course will explore, Cross Stitch, Stitchery Crossover (which is based on the back-basting hand applique technique), and basic quilt-making.
Who's Stitching with Us?
Some folks may already have experience with Cross Stitch, but no quilting. Others may be expert quilters, but are new to stitchery. As a result, I'll review basic tips for each Cross Stitch, and quilting in the course.
Please note, this course is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Cross Stitch and/or Quilting.
More Photos than Video
The step-by-step instructions that follow will consist mostly of detailed photographs, graphics, text, and some short video.
A brief outline of each section is included in a downloadable pdf document. CLICK HERE to download the Working Outline.
Upon completion of this course, you will make quilt block that combine the Mia Rosa Stitchery chart with two appliqued quilt borders, your first Stitchery Crossover block!