Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Zakka Patchwork Ribbon

Tuesday already.  I finally bought some spray starch yesterday so I had no excuses to not get this ribbon done tonight!  May I present to you my Zakka Patchwork Ribbon:



Here is a close-up of my 'fancy' stitches!!  They remind me of a heart rate monitor...beep-beep-beep.
I quite like the frayed edges and threads sticking out everywhere.  This makes the ribbon appear sort of messy-shabby-chic-like.  I used 70 small pieces of scrap fabrics to make the block (and didn't even make a dent in the scrap pile!), starched it like mad, then I cut it up on the diagonal, sewed the stripes end to end and then made it a double sided ribbon, sewing together with my 'fancy' stitches!   The length of ribbon, all sewn up, measures 195 inches - very very long.  Nothing more to say on that.  Done!


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More Christmas anyone!??

Here is my finished cross stitch stocking:


I used the most annoying gold thread - it kept splitting.  Perhaps I need some beeswax?

I may make it into a small ornament with homemade piping (I've never made piping before so it would be a first!) to hang from a door knob/handle...  or maybe make it into a card or perhaps into something else?  Not sure... I have a bit of time before I need it (hahaha - only 5 months!) so I can sit and think about it!

And lastly, here is my 'shaggy' Christmas Stocking with hand embroidery!  I first sewed strips of fabric together into a large block.  I then stitched 'Merry Christmas' in black threads on the cream fabric strips.  You can just see one at the top of the stocking.


I then 'quilted' the block onto osnaberger (or however you spell that stuff!) with three lines of stitching on each strip of fabric.  I then used a "Cover Slash Cutter" to slice the fabric in between each sewn line of stitching in order to create the cut/shaggy effect -- but not on the cream strips.  I made a stocking template, traced it onto the fabric for the front and back of the stocking and cut it out and stitched it together.  I also added binding to the top and some ribbon to hang it.  Done! 
NOTE:  be very careful that you are only cutting through the quilting fabric and NOT the osnaberger.  The osnaberger should stay intact as it is the inside of your stocking!

I'm actually not too keen on the shape of the stocking but it does mean A LOT OF STUFF can be put into it, which is great news for Santa as he usually brings A LOT OF STUFF.   It is about 11" wide and 22" long to the heal  = big for a stocking! 

I'm off to hem some trousers.  Have a great night!!
[EDIT - linked to Quilting Lines: Christmas Stocking Hangout]
Linking to:
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21 comments:

Cherie said...

The fabric ribbon looks so cool! Loving the cross stitch and the stocking...can a person fit in there =P

Di said...

You keep rolling! The ribbon is a really clever idea? Di x

CeLynn Peeler said...

Love that ribbon,will have to put it on my list!

Connie said...

Fun fabric ribbon and love the Christmas stocking! Thanks for sharing.
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Rachel said...

Cute ribbon! Love the cross stitch!

Charlotte said...

I am very impressed!

Kelly said...

Awfully impressive but I am going to have to look in the book as I cannot work out what the ribbon thing is :)

MetroQuilter said...

And it's only Wednesday! I'm impressed

MetroQuilter said...

And it's only Wednesday! I'm impressed

Jeane said...

Your ribbon is so creative. Love your Christmas items, my you are so organized. Great work.

Amy DeCesare said...

Your ribbon is super fun! The heart monitor stitching is my favorite...lol! That's a lot of inches!!!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Your scrappy ribbon is awesome! What a great idea to use scraps! Thanks for linking up!

xo -E

Rosemary said...

Love your ribbon idea! I also love your cross stitching. I used to cross stitch all the time. You're making me want to pick it up again!

Needled Mom said...

I love the fabric ribbon and your stocking is very cute.

jmniffer said...

I'm a fan of cross stitch as well and the fabric ribbon is genius! Thanks for sharing.

Patricia said...

What a unique stocking! It's always fun to try something new. Thanks for sharing it on the Christmas Stocking Hang Out!

Quilting Babcia said...

Your Christmas stockings are wonderful, especially the one that actually holds gifts!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Your Xstitch stocking is adorable as is the stocking hand on the door! Fantastic!

Judy B said...

Love your cross stitch stocking. I also did mine in cross stitch. Thank you for sharing.

Swedish Scrapper said...

Yay, nice to see the Zakka ribbon! Have you used it for any Christmas gifts this year? i like your shaggy stocking too--- perfect size! where can you buy the ___slasher? I think I saw it in the Christmas Fat Quarterly Issue....

Nanbon44 said...

very nice