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Linda S. -> Alabama Chanin stitching (11/9/2017 5:23:35 PM)

Today I visited Kathy Dykstra's blog to see what beautiful things she's been
up to, and noticed she's been doing something called Alabama Chanin. I've noticed
this on a couple of skirts recently posted online, and I love the look.

Has anyone here tried this? If so, can you explain briefly, in general how it's done?
It looks like a type of applique by hand, with stencils involved somehow, but I wasn't
able to come up with a website that shows much about it...other than selling kits to
make it. If I did this, I might not want to buy a kit.

Here's a link to Kathy's blog. Always a treat for the eyes, and you can see her brief
post about it.

MoDo -> RE: Alabama Chanin stitching (11/9/2017 10:17:21 PM)

Kathy mentions that Craftsy has a class on it. Perhaps you can check it out.

Linda S. -> RE: Alabama Chanin stitching (11/10/2017 4:29:10 PM)

Thanks MoDo, I saw she mentioned that too. It looks rather familiar and I'm trying to place it.
Maybe a technique used for making quilt tops (I don't do that either lol!)? Or it could just be
the hand stitching that caught my eye.

I'll add this to my loooooooong list of things I want to learn LOL!

caaguirre -> RE: Alabama Chanin stitching (11/11/2017 6:00:43 PM)

Not sure I understand the whole thing, but it looks like a type of reverse applique with stenciled fabric used as the applique. I can't get enthusiastic about painting fabric, there are so many beautiful fabrics available I don't have the interest in creating my own. It could be lots of fun if you like to do it though. The overall effect is very pretty, I like Kathy's top.

Linda S. -> RE: Alabama Chanin stitching (11/12/2017 2:23:24 PM)

Here's a picture on the craftsy page for a class in it:

Linda S. -> RE: Alabama Chanin stitching (11/12/2017 2:26:35 PM)

Carol, I agree....I can't get excited about stenciling fabric either. Guess I'll break down
and purchase the class, and if possible I'll probably use fabric that isn't stenciled.

Just don't know why this is so special as to have it's own name, which is what made me
curious in the first place. Guess we'll find out : ). I do love the look though.

It reminds me of a technique for quilt tops....maybe called Hawaiian quilts? It was
something like that, and I love applique anyway.

KathyD -> RE: Alabama Chanin stitching (5/11/2018 6:45:10 AM)

I hate stenciling the fabric, but I did it because I liked the finished look of it. LOL! Doing this on knits makes for a very comfortable top. I've worn it quite a bit. It is the same as any reverse appliqué, like you would do in a quilt, but with knits there's no need for a finished edge because the knit doesn't ravel or fray like a woven cotton would. I enjoyed the hand stitching, though my stitches aren't always as perfect as I'd like. I'm working on another top right now, but it could be a LONG time before it is finished. I bought the Craftsy class and watched it. It gives the same information as one of her books would. You don't need both. You actually don't need either. Hahaha!!! Basically, you layer 2 knits together, stitch around a shape (in my case, the stenciled shape), cut out the center about 1/8" away from your stitching line and then the base fabric shows through. This would be a cute way to do a quick appliqué on kids t-shirts as well.

Linda S. -> RE: Alabama Chanin stitching (5/11/2018 1:09:18 PM)

Thank you Kathy D. I just love the look of this, and also love doing handwork. Thanks to you
I understand the process but might take the craftsy class too (don't know what I don't know ; ).

I just wonder why a knit is used (?). Wouldn't this work with woven fabrics just as well?

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