Posted by: Jocelyn | February 15, 2010

The Same But Different

I am still stitching my Santa, but thought I would do a quick post about a past project. This was a challenge at my local embroiderers’ guild: select a design and stitch it using a couple of different techniques.
I hand-drew a simple flower and made the finished pieces into a wall quilt.

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Now I must say straight off, that I did this a few years ago, when I didn’t have much experience in the finer points of the art of embroidery – hence all the wrinkles and puckers!!! And the not-so-even stitching. Seeing them all in the photos did make me think twice about posting the photos, but what the heck. I was so proud of my work, and I still am, in spite of those pesky puckers. This quilt is for me, to hang on my wall, so I am the only person it has to please, and if I don’t mind the imperfections, that’s all that matters. Sometimes I think we get too hung up on doing things “perfectly”. Imperfections add character (that’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it 🙂 )

So, some close-ups of those imperfect panels…. French Knots – this was a LOT of french knots, but I enjoyed it. I love the texture in this.
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Drawn thread. I enjoy the technique of drawn thread, but this fabric was really too fine to show it off well.
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Blackwork. OK, so it’s red and green, not black, but the technique is there. I spent ages graphing that simple band, but I do like the outcome.
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Bargello. I was particulalry pleased with these leaves, and the crossed bands.
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Whitework. I’m not so pleased with this panel, it looks a bit messy.
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Surface embroidery. Not so pleased with this one either. I don’t think the needleweaving on the leaves works, and the petals look pretty messy. Too many colours.
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Needlepoint. I do like this one, but then I love doing needlepoint, and I love these colours.
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So that’s it. It was also my very first time at making a quilty thing. It’s all hand stitched because I didn’t own a sewing machine, and very simply quilted with running stitches (way to long be to be called hand-quilting, LOL) in the ditches of the patchwork squares, and around the flowers. I don’t intend to do many quilts – I have far too many embroidery projects lined up, without getting addicted to quilting as well!!!!



  1. This is beautiful work.

  2. what a wonderful quilt
    I love quilts that make my imagination go foward
    thank you for sharing
    Lettie Lou

  3. All of the motifs are lovely. Congratulations on a nice job!

  4. This is a wonderful quilt! The different techniques are very impressive, beautifully executed! I wish my mom, who is a quilter, had a computer so I could show it to her.

  5. Jocelyn,
    Just catching up on some blog reading.

    This is wonderful! I’ve often wanted to take a single design and approach it with several different techniques. Thanks for sharing how yours turned out!

    • Hi Jocelyn,

      There is an owl that is done in many different techniques. I have thought about doing them many times myself but have never gotten around to them.


      • PS……I know where to find them if you are interested……….Louise

  6. That’s a great way to try out different techniques. I like how you put them all together in one finished project.

  7. I love it! What a great idea for a project. Perfection is highly over-rated: it looks lovely! You should be proud of it.

  8. Jocylyn I love how each motif is a different technique – its great and you should feel pleased.

  9. This is a great idea – turning a technique sampler into something you can take pleasure in.
    And actually, even the ones you aren’t so keen on are pretty good!

  10. Such a beautiful quilt you have inspired me!! Thank you for sharing…

  11. Wow!! Iam going to try this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. Jocelyn, Have been enthralled with your work. Everything you do is exquisitely stitched. I can agree with your comments on trying out colours with your tapestry on lugano…and also the use of a different fabric…shows how creative you are..and who made all those rules anyway…thank you for sharing this wonderful work.

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