No matter how many times I say I’m not going to participate in a round robin again, I inevitably give in to the allure and find myself joining another one. They really are a lot of fun, you stretch your creativity to try and do your best for your fellow round robin members, and a really nice side benefit, is you make new friends. Emailing a small group of people for 8 months forms bonds, and this Build A Stitch Round Robin is filled with lots of really nice people.
I received Rose Anne’s blocks first and fell in love with them. They are Elegant, and yes that deserved a capital E. She embroidered a seam on each block and then it was my turn to come up with variations and build on her work.
She used chain stitch and stem stitch and there are a lot of published variations of those stitches, plus I came up with a new one all by myself. That really made my day.
There are 9 blocks in this round robin, and here we go:
Rose Anne’s embroidery is in the bottom right corner. Didn’t she do a nice job with that design? Mine is in the upper left corner. I used a basic stem stitch to form the floral spray outline, then filled in leaves with detached chain stitch. The flowers were made with hand dyed silk ribbon from Vikki Clayton and I used my own hand dyed pearl cotton for the French knots in the center.
On the second block, I added a feathered chain stitch to one of the fan blades, and appliqued a heart lace design made with 100 wt silk thread on my embroidery machine. Then I hand dyed it with vanilla. It won’t disintegrate the fibers like the acid in tea dyed lace can over time. Then I added some ruby beads to the heart.
Borders were added to frame Rose Anne’s stitching for this block. The left side is Crested Chain stitch with 3 strands of variegated DMC floss, and the right side has multiple rows of the Rope Stitch. I used a heavier #5 coton perle embroidery thread to add some texture and used 3 different colors.
This is just a sample from the 9 blocks I received. Each month I will receive a package of another member’s 9 blocks and start all over again. This is challenging, stimulating, scary and exciting all at the same time. It’s wild ride and I’m very glad I signed up for it.