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What is 'Stitchery Crossover?' . . .
If you are a quilter like me, perhaps you are always looking for new twists and techniques to add to your quilter's repertoire.
As a stitcher, you may have quite a few stitched pieces that are either framed and hanging on your walls or unframed, tucked in a drawer waiting for the inspiration and extra cash to get the framing done.
For purposes of this group, 'stitchery' is defined as 'charted embroidery' - like cross stitch or black work - done on aida cloth, linen, or even weave cloth like jobelan or lugana (if you don't know what those are, that's okay, we'll get to that). I am excluding redwork or other types of free form surface embroidery done on wool, muslin, or quilting cotton. Not because it isn't isn't beautiful, but the even weave/counted stitchery requires a different twist or two to make it quilt-ready. Also excluded in this definition, stitching on canvas or needlepoint.
Years ago, I did my fair share of cross-stitch. Many of the pieces I completed back then are still sitting on a shelf waiting to 'become' something. For years, I didn't have the budget for framing. Plus, back in the day, apartment life (and reclaiming security deposits) didn't lend itself to pounding nails in walls every couple of years.
About 15 years ago, I took up quilting, became a student, then teacher of traditional quilting technique, and wrote the ScrapTherapy book and pattern series.
In 2018, my husband and I took an epic trip to eastern Europe. Suddenly, I was introduced to stitching techniques I hadn't heard of before - like hardanger embroidery. I must have been living under a rock (or under a queen-sized quilt) because these techniques aren't new, they were just new to me. And very intriguing!
Separately, on a trip to the craft store, a book about biscornu caught my eye.
What the heck? Where was all this stuff hiding until now?
Could the two be combined? Would the resulting project be washable? What special steps were needed to combine very different materials from two unique crafty worlds?
With new-to-me techniques captivating my attention, I started learning, researching, playing, and wondering about combining all this stitchery stuff with the quilty stuff that already had my heart.
I set out to experiment with and answer these questions and more. And that's where I am as I travel the Stitchery Crossover journey--Stitchery that crosses over to quilting.
Our Journey Together Starts Here
Would you like to join me? This group is all about a journey with an unknown destination.
Here's what I know:
- There will be stitching
- There will be quilting
- Stitching and quilting techniques will be combined to make cool stuff
- New processes (you might be surprised) will be developed and shared via notes and tutorials
- There will be bonuses, charts, and instructions
- I suspect we'll have questions, conversations, idea sharing and answers in a private online group
- Mistakes and learning opportunities are included for absolutely no additional cost
- You can play along and stitch as we go, or sit back and watch. You don't have to make the projects, if you don't want to.
- It will be frustrating at times
- Above all, it will be fun and fascinating
Here's what I don't know:
- I don't know where, how, when this journey will end
- I don't know how long this will go on - could be a long time! Could be a few months. We'll have to wait and see where the road takes us!
- I don't know how frequently there will be new patterns and chart designs, however, I plan to update content as information comes to light (several times per month), publish an online newsletter to members at least once per month, and monitor social media activity daily. Could these plans change? . . . Yep!
- I don't know what exact projects we'll be working on, although I have plenty of ideas swirling around in my head.
You are invited to join the Stitchery Crossover group!
The opportunity to follow along and 'look over my shoulder' as we explore and develop new and different techniques to combine stitchery and quilting. You'll observe my slip-ups and pit falls (so you can avoid them in your projects) and my Yay-moments in real time.
Exclusive access to website content, tutorials, chart information.
Members-only online newsletters (published at least once monthly) summarizing the newest content on the Hummingbird Highway website.
Reference to existing charts and patterns used in featured projects. No searching and digging to find patterns or charts.
An invitation to join and participate in (optional) an online members-only Facebook group
Instructions and tutorials or projects that combine quilting techniques and stitchery
Basic introductory information about stitching and quilting processes as they pertain to featured projects and materials
Access to specially-priced bundles and unique supplies
There is no defined start or stop date. You can join at any time and you can cancel your membership at any time.
No prior experience or knowledge is needed.
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