Another incredible block!
Thanks, Stephanie. I really love to embellish and applique. I love the hand work...I'm wierd, I guess. So many today prefer to do everything by machine. I'm not saying that's bad. It takes just as much tallent to create with a machine as it does by hand. I just love to sit down and tell a story with my stitches.
I'm absolutely in awe of your work. What a beautiful block.
Yellow Rose (Rosalie)
Hi Linny. I love doing handwork, too but I don't know how you made this basket look "pleated" It's beautiful! How did you do it?
Thanks, Alicia. I really enjoyed making this block. What kind of handwork do you like the best?
I think that it is called Mexican tucks. It's an heirloom technique. You start by sewing tucks in the fabric. In this case If I remember right, I think I marked lines 1/2" apart and then sewed every other pair together, making 1/4" tucks. Then I marked temporary vertical lines across the tucks on the front side of the piece spaced I think 1.5" apart. Then I used a tack stitch with a bead to secure the tucks right at the verticle lines. I tacked down on one row, then upward on the next row and repeated until I had enough to cut the basket out. Then I turned the seam using freezer paper basket pattern on the back side. In this case, I made 2 layers of freezer paper pattern to make it stiff enough to work with the bulk and then appliqued.