Merle’s BAS blocks arrived the day before I attended the Ricky Tims Seminar, and I loved them as soon as I saw them, but did not even think about working on them amid all the seminar activity. Their time has come now and I’m happily embroidering away.
Here is a picture of the first block:
The colors are a bit muted, but trust me, they are deep, rich saturated colors and that red/orange in the upper right corner is fabric I lust over. LOL
This block features the Cretan stitch and I added to Rose Anne’s base stitching in the upper right corner. Mini irridescent (purple/blue) bugle beads and detached chain stitches in black Perle Cotton size 12 were added to the points. I first sewed the beads down with SoNo thread then went through again with the Perle Cotton.
Next I added a funky Cretan Stitch to the lower lime green seam with variegated Perle Cotton size 5. One edge was kept uniformly short, and the other was varied to create a triangular design. This thread is the same color as the blues and purples of the mini bugle beads.
I was really tempted to add to the Cretan trees that Rose Anne embroidered on the red/orange upper corner, but I honest to goodness don’t do whimsy well, and Pam excels at embroidering the unexpected. I’d have done something traditional, and those trees would look wonderful with a touch of quirkiness added to them. The BAS Olympic Torch is passed to you, Pam. ;-)