Bitchin’ Stitchin’!!

I have been chomping at the bit to put needle and thread to fabric for my latest commission.

I had one more step to perform before sewing: layering the fabrics.

I chose this orange batik. Or did this orange batik chose itself?

Orange batik fabric
Orange batik fabric

First, I spread this fabric on my worktable and taped down the edges.

Orange knot fabric
Orange knot fabric

Next, I lay my marked background on top of the orange fabric. The orange fabric must cover the area needed for the Celtic knot it will become.

I pinned the two layers together with safety pins along the center of the path of my chosen Celtic knot. Just before stitching, I use straight pins perpendicular to the line I’m sewing on.

Pinning before stitching
Pinning before stitching

This is what the reverse looks like.

Stitched shapes
Stitched shapes

It took 4.5 hours to stitch all seventeen shapes in the knot.

It took 2.5 hours to cut away the black windows that hid the color beneath.

It took another 4.5 hours to stitch around the cut edges with a decorative stitch.

This is what I got . . .

First of three knots
First of three knots

I really like the way this turned out! Even with large gaps where the other two knots are missing, this knot holds its own! (I may have to play with incomplete knots . . .)

Now, I’ve positioned and safety-pinned the next color in position; I’ve begun stitching the individual shapes.

If you’ll excuse me, I have to go back to the studio now.

5 thoughts on “Bitchin’ Stitchin’!!

  1. I absolutely am interested in this as a pattern. I am looking to do a big celtic knot for a friend, and I’m having an awful time finding a big pattern to be able to do; most of them are tiny, and I’m an advanced enough quilter to pull off doing something like this, but designing a pattern is just beyond me right now…

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