Monday, December 29, 2008

Making Memories Quilts

I have been blogging on some of the progress of the quilts that I am putting together for the Making Memories organization. (More closeups can be seen on my Flickr accountI haven't shown all three of them at this stage so I thought I would take a moment today to do just that!

This pic shows one quilt with 25 of the blocks. The center block I am highlighting the wonderful work that was done with a beaded edge around the heart. I will then add some rattail cording that I dyed in potassium permanganate around the interior nine blocks. My next quandry is the finishing binding color, but I discovered some fabric at Jo Annes the other day that will hopefully accent it properly. Blockmakers for this quilt from top left to bottom are: Rita Cruz (KS), Karrin Hurd (CA), Linda Boudreau (Canada), Claudina Hruby (CO), Mary Frances Main (CO); Rita Cruz (KS), LouAnne Sassone (CA), Jill Phillips (CO), Carol Davis (FL), Debbie Quirion (Maine); Lyn Gaskil (TX), Susan Morehouse (CO), Thelma Bradshaw , Betsy Pruitt (CO), Debbie Smith (OR); Melisa Bakos (Canada), Diane Miller (NY), Lauri Burgessor (CO), Linda Boudreau (Canada), Mary Frances Main (CO); Martha Everett (CO), Kerry Leslie (Canada), Connie Kalina (CO), Lyn Gaskil (TX), Kim Stenehjem (ND)

The next pic shows the smaller of the three quilts. I was gifted with some gorgeous blue taffeta which I used for the border. The block makers are (from the top left to right) Marya Blackwell (CA), Denise Collins (Canada), Cathy Kizerian (UT) ; Hideko Ishida (Japan), Sandi Mannen, (WA), Gerry Krueger (WA); Diane Ransom (CA), Maire Courtney (NY), Marya Blackwell (CA)

It was a bit too dramatic, so i've added some of the lace from one of the dresses which creates a nice scalloped look I think!

Then, there is my problem child quilt. The story of this will have to wait a bit (see the upcoming issue of cqmagonline) but I wanted to show where I am at with it. There is still some tweaking to be done on the interior portion, but has come a LONG way!

Block makers from top left to right are: Sherry Klemmt (WA), Debbie Quirion (Maine), Linda Harrington (MD), Lynn Schoeffler (CA), Julia Schneider (Germany), Jo Newsham (New Zealand); Hideko Ishida (Japan), Belinda Sweeney (Australia); Jill Phillips (CO), Debbie Smith (OR); Susan Morehouse (CO), Kerry Leslie (Canada); Jo Newsham (New Zealand), Karen South (KY); Janet Popish (CO), Karrin Hurd (CA); Hideko Ishida (Japan), Simona Tedeschi (Italy) , Clairee Meeks (WA), Janet Popish (CO) DISCLAIMER: I'm still working on the names on this quilt. It had to be taken apart and as I reassemble I will straighten this out! Sorry bout that!

I'm now back at the needle working to finish these gems up. I've been doing LOTS of consulting with Allie about this center and reading her blog tutorials on putting a quilt together so i'm feeling more confident now. I also want to thank Lynn Schoeffler for all her help with this beasty! Her encouragement, design saavy and color sense are a tremendous help to me! Also there is Jo, Hideko and Kerry from CQI that have helped with their expertise on these quilts as well! Thank you so much EVERYONE!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Nicki's Christmas Giveaway

Nicki is have a cquey giveaway over at her blog in celebration of her son's b'day! Happy Birthhhhday Erik! Check it out!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Final xmas dyb block

This is the last of the dyb angel stitching I needed to finish up! This is another of Maire's! She has the most wonderful silkies in her set and I can't wait to see her project all finished! Its going to have a wonderful vintage feel to it and be quite elegant! Enjoy Maire!

Another block finished!

This is Sossity's block from the christmas DYB rr that I stitched up quickly for her! I prolly should have made the snowmen larger.....but still think they are cute even if they don't look "exactly" like I pictured in my mind! I saw two snow folks careening down the mountain on their toboggan, arms flying and wonderful happy expressions on their faces. I'll to explore other media so I can get the faces me thinks!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Stitching catchemup

I've been doing some stitching catch up for a couple of folks at CQI. This is one block that I finished for Maire's Christmas dyb series. I loved this little girl on skates and decided to give her a spare set!! I did some cast on petals in a fine rayon thread to help make the poinsettias dimensional and the "fur" on the hem, collar and cuffs is a bit of fuzzy felt for dimension. Hope you enjoy Maire!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Breast Cancer Quilt 3

Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
I realized today, I had been negligent and not posted the third quilt for the Making Memories breast cancer project. This is the last quilt with all of the last blocks received, worked in. I am outlining the middle heart to help define that block then plan on some satin cording in a antiqued "mushroomy" color around the perimeter of the first nine blocks in the middle. Next I need to sit down and detail alllllll my wonderful contributors to this project and show which block each did. I am forever in everyones debt for taking the time to stitch and contribute to this project!

Xmas DYB done!

I just did a quick stitch up on Cheryl's block to complete the rr at CQI. Cheryl used some really neat mens ties and was looking for a more elegant, vintage look. Hopefully i'm in keeping with that. I ruched the green silk ribbon for one seam and then kept the rest of the stitching monotone to focus more on the fabric and "feel" of the block! I hope you enjoy it, Cheryl!

Lyn's DYB blocks

Lyns dyb1
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
I just finished up stitching on Lyn's dyb blocks. Her theme was Queen Victoria and roses...soooo, she got both! This is a silky of the queen with her hubby and children. The next is one of her at age 23. I kept the stitching colors monotone and simple to accent the prints and vibrant colors. I hope that these are "vintage" enough Lyn! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Making Memories Breast Cancer Quilt Project!

bc quilt 1a
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
Thought it was time for an update on this project! It has morphed into three quilts! This is the first one. I have just pinned the lace on the interior border and then plan to put some couched rattail on the exterior border in the center. After that, I will just back, bind and call it good! The next pic, I have just pinned the lace over the blue so it isn't centered, etc. yet. I think it will compliment the blocks well! Again...back and bind and it will be done! The third pic is a temporary setting....i'm waiting for 5 more blocks and want to be sure that I have everything placed in complimentary way before stitching! I learned the hard way to do that! LOL! Enjoy the pics and again, THANK YOU one and all that have contributed to this project! YOU are all GREAT!!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Chili Recipe - Karen South's give away

I decided to jump in on Karen Souths chili give away and .....just to share my version of chili! LOL!! We can't handle a lot of heat but it is flavorful and yummy on a cold day!

I start with the following:

1 can of kidney beans
1 can of black beans
2 pints of homemade tomato sauce
4 pints of water
2 chicken bullion cubes
1 pound of ground beef
1 pound of ground pork
1 large one
1 large clove of garlic
Sea Salt to taste
Old Bay Seasoning

I start out with combing the tomato sauce, buillion cubes, water and beans in my crock pot. I then saute the onions and the garlic in a bit of olive oil until transluscent and then add them to the pot with the sauce. I then cook up the ground meats, adding them to the pot when done as well. I then season up with the sea salt, pepper and Old Bay to taste and let it simmer ALLLLL DAY til nice and yummy! I then serve with cooked spaghetti. Same as Karen! YUMM! Makes me want to go make a pot now! VBG! Enjoy!

AND.... a little bit about Karen! She is very creative and quite an accomplished crazy quilter. She has a wonderful little biz of preparing crazy-quilting (CQ) packets and she does an awesome job of selecting fabrics with little surprise embellishments. Try ordering a few! You'll not be sorry!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Breast cancer quilt center......cont.

bc center 1
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
I'm not used to working in this large of a format I guess. I've been stitching in various spots for two days and it barely shows! LOL!! Part of that is the cream on cream and keeping this relatively neutral. I've pinned more lace motifs and ribbon on so backto stitching and filling. Hopefully things will "look" different when I visit again! LOL!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Making Memories B/C Quilt center

bc center
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
As many know, I am working on a rather....ummm.....large project for the Making Memories Foundation. This group sends out bridal dresses (for a fee of $45.00) and then asks that a person or group puts it together in a quilt and they then auction the quilt with the proceeds going to breast cancer. Well...long story short, I put out a call and many, many spectacular folks have answered and sent me their rendition of a block for this quilt. This picture is the center. Its morphed a couple of times, but I think i'm finally beginning to be happy with where its going. The next picture is of the center surrounded by all the blocks i've received so far! This is HUGE and they are ALL gorgeous! I'm scared and proud and honored and...all at the same time! I can't wait to see how this evolves! I'll keep you posted on the center block (36x36) progress!

Pin for Christmas

gail pin
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
Gail Oldegaard is a friend and owner of one of my little face pins from last year. She wrote to me recently and asked if I could make a pin for her mother in law for Christmas! SOOO, this is the result! She wanted burgundies and green. Burgundy is a challenging color to find in beads i've discovered! I think she came out well and sure hope Gail's "Mom" enjoys her for many years to come!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Its My Bag Exchange!

imb full
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
Its official....I can talk about this bag and its owner to my hearts content now! LOL! The recipient, Bonnie Swenson has it in her hot little hands as I type! :_) This is a full shot of the front. I made the pattern with a flap and a TON of pockets on the inside! The yellow flower on the front was some trim that Bonnie had sent with the fabrics and I twisted it in on itself and created a sort of sunflower! The next pic is of the back. Here I did mostly stitching, but there is some beading, double thread, knotted every few stitches for security, etc. I just can't stay away from beads! LOL!! Then the next pic is of the front under the flap and then a close up of the flap. Sequin flowers, lots of beads... one of my trees...LOTS of fun! I enjoy this yearly event and very much appreciate Mona picking up the coordinating of this, this year. Thanks again, Mona! You're awesome!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Magic Moments RR - Cobi

Last, but not least in the overall scheme of things is Cobi's block! (shhhh...the second block stitching is a secret yet....) Cobi had an "India Inspiration" theme. I haven't worked a lot with that theme so this was a stretch for me. I tried to re-create a more stylized flower with a wonderful bunch of beads I got from Lyn! I added a peacock and thought (after seeing Pam Watson's "Rivoli") that maybe a triangle, cabachon type treatment of a rhinestone might work? I had added the center design varying the sequin structures in each and then gave what is "sposed" to be, a stylized bead bush to the beaded peacock. I had trouble with the peacock showing I added the square sequins and the little flower sequins to off set the colors of their patches. HOPEFULLLY this is acceptable for an indian theme and Cobi will enjoy it! Its certainly got more sequins on it than i've ever used in one place before! LOL!

Magic Moments RR - Ati

I also have finished up two of Ati's blocks. I wanted her to be able to put the wall hanging together when it got home so I asked if I could stitch two blocks for her! This one I liked the sequin flower. Its mostly gold and burgundy and feels very elegant.
On this block, which I stitched first, I created little mop button snow people, ornies and free handed a little bird like I have on some fabric from years ago. This was a fun one and I hope Ati feels that they will all combine well with each other! This one is more light hearted and playful with the snowy pine boughs and snow family!

Magic Moments RR - Simona

This is the first block I stitched up for Simona. She is going to combine all the squares into a quilt for her new little girl! I fell in LOVE with the rabbit fabric!! Peter Cottontail keep flitting thru my mind as I stitched. On this block I added little sheep for "Mary Had A Little Lamb" too! The next block I wanted to capture some of the specialness of having a little girl come into the family so I stitched "Love, Laughter, Joy" along with "Baby". When I was born, as the tale has it, my father went around singing that he had "The Wholeeeee Worldddd, In My Hands...I've got the...."! LOL! Yes....Songs seem to be rolling with these pretty blocks!

CQI Retreat Goodies!

Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'

I'm slowly getting myself sort of caught up! I have needed VERY badly to share the goodies that I was blessed with by the wonderful ladies that came to the retreat! I was sooo very surprised that everyone brought a little hostess gifty..... I truly wasn't expecting it and am soooo very appreciative! As to the details... Debbie Q. gave me a great little bag for embroidery schtuff that you can see is PACKED FULL! I love it! Gerry K gave me one of her awesome pincushions! A definate treasure! :_) Lauri B gave me a bag she had made..... yummmm! Gerry H gave a REALLY pretty scissors fob and bottle of fairy dust! SOOOO CUTE!!! Then Cathy K gave me the Willow Tree figurine in the next pic. Just beautimous! Janet P brought peach wine and Palisade peaches for our taste buds enjoyment! (Don't have a
pic cuz they are ALL long gone!) LOL!

Thank you EVERYONE from the bottom of my heart! You are all sooo very special to me!

But....what about the cq box, you ask??? That is what I was lucky enough to choose for the Chinese Auction!! Janet Popish made it and its just WONDERFUL, isn't it??? I LOVE it!! Finally i'm beginning to feel like a cquer lives in this house! ROFLOL!!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Its My Bag Swap

Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
I seem to do most everything backwards...from making something to loading pics, etc.! LOL!! This is the front and back of the bag I just finished for............... can't name the name just cuz yet! LOL!! I had lots of fun creating with this gem and have more "detail" shots if you follow this pic and then continue with my photo stream at Flickr! Enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Thank you!

I am still in catch em up mode after the retreat here this month.... but wanted to thank Rengin for the Creative Blogger nomination and Gail for the Brillian Weblog award! I greatly appreciate all of you visiting and know I cannot BEGIN to name all the wonderful folks that inspire me! You ALL are awesome artists and I thank you for sharing with me!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Retreat Teaser Piccies

We are all just settling back in from a busy week! We had our very first CQI retreat and it was GREAT! Here from left to right is Gerry K, Debbie Q, Cathy K, ME and Janet P! Lauri and Gerry H had to head home early! (VERY SAD FACE here). If you click on this pic it will take you to my flickr account where the beginning pics are located. We are all in the process of consolidating our phots and will soon inundate the CQI blog with tales of our adventures and fun! It is sooooo very quiet here now I don't know quite what to do with myself! LOL!!!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

beaded bell pull

Beads, beads, beads...... i'm crazy for beads! LOL!!! I am getting ready to teach a beaded embroidery class at the retreat this month and wanted to have a sample of stitch variations and such so I came up with a bell pull sampler and something for my wall all at the same time!! :_) Enjoy!!

Replacement Block

This is a block I stitched up for a friend in Nova Scotia whose first block for her rr with CQI decided to take a scenic trip.....somewhere! I wanted her to get something back home, so I decided to do this for her.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Beaded wall hanging

Another project finished up.....I am using this as a sampler for beaded embroidery! I am working on another piece now that will incorporate more stitch variations. I also did a beaded tree here which I thought came out rather kewl! Finding a new medium for myself here! LOL!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Thank you!

I haven't been keeping up with this blog this summer. Between taking care of the garden, preparing for the retreat to be held here in September and refinishing floors that put me off line for several weeks... I've gotten behind in responses and feel terribly that I haven't gotten back to everyone that has been so very kind and generous to visit! I have finally posted another block that has been completed. One more pic to get taken and then i'll have to start another rr AND complete some wall hangings (primary goal at the mo) before theres much eye candy. VBG!

Regardless, this post is for all of you that have stopped by and have not heard back from me! I greatly appreciate your generous comments and appreciate all your wonderful support! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Fab Fan Block - Cathy

fan - cat
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
I'm FINALLY back!! Wooohooo!!! We have been refinishing the floors in our home and its been a month long "camping trip" from... know! LOL!! Anyway, this is a pic of the block that I did for Cathy in the Fabulous Fans DYB round robin! Her colors were challenging for me as I'm not used to the pinks but it was great to stretch myself a bit! This was a lot of fun and is my final block in the rr! Enjoy!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Fabulous Fan RR block

I am in a rr at Crazy Quilting International, and this is my completed work on a block for Gerry! She wanted a Moulin Rouge type feel....lots of gold and glitz.....hopefully I gave her enough! LOL!! Enjoy Gerry!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Debbie's block

Getting projects done! YEAH!!! This is the work I did on a block of a friend in Maine! Isn't this little girl great??? I love this pic! I kept my work fairly subdued and even managed to not encrust...(I think)! I dyed the lace bits then highlighted them with beads.... there is SRE on the fan blades...a button trail of some of my g'ma's old vintage buttons stitch lace, etc! I hope Debbie enjoys it!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ritas block

ritas block
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
This is the second block I stitched for a rr in our novice group at CQI. This is Rita's block and will be going home! I did the birde houses and dimensional flower vine, the border above the button trail, the dandelions floating on the left hand side, roses on the upper left corner, the seam below the fan and the butterflies below the fan! Can't wait to hear what Rita thinks!

Rosa's block

Rosa's block
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
This is Rosa's block in our Novice group at CQI. I am the RR Angel for this go round and go to add a few touches here! I did the dimensional butterfly in the top left corner, the sunflowers and two borders on the right upper corner, the fly stitch variation on the middle seam and the fly stitch variation on the lower left seam! I hope Rosa enjoys the block when it gets home!

CQI Purse Contest Entry

Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
This is a purse I made for the CQI purse contest. My primary objective was to fool folks....I didn't expect it to win as its not cq'd! LOL! The dragon fly's are vintage buttons, beads and dimensional embroidery. The purse itself is felt and the fobrders and tab closure are ultra suede. The button on the tab is also vitage buttons! Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Huge Thanks!

I belong to most all of the crazy quilting groups that have been formed on-line. One of these, Crazy Quilting International deserves a HUGE round of applause! I am soooo very touched by these wonderful people!

This is the story..... I went to the site not long ago and volunteered to make a quilt for them out of donated wedding dresses. Quilts are returned, completed and then auctioned off. The proceeds then are put towards research for breast cancer. This is one of my pet charities as it has affected me on a personal level. Anyway, the HUGE box arrived from them, complete with DIFFERENT time lines for completion!!! OMG!! So, I asked my local group of cquer's AND folks at CQI if they could help! The response has been overwhelming! These stitching soul mates from around the world have stepped up to the plate and offered their time, skills and creativity to help me put this together! Just AWESOME!! These ladies deserve a HUGE round of applause, thanks and HUGS!!! Thank you, thank you! Your generosity is overwhelming and I am crying tears of joy that this project will be able to come together!

CQI girls ROCK!!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Gerry's landscape block

Gerry's block
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
I am a part of the CQI online group. We have about 10 or more rr's running at any given time. This is from one of them.... a landscape rr! I LOVE landscapes and had a great time playing with this block! I've been discovering new to me techniques and that is what makes it all that much more fun! I attempted a bit of Di van Niekirk's methods with egg carton walls.... need to practice there a bit. But it sure does add some depth! For pictures of this block totally nekkid and then mid-stream, just click on the photo and you will find them on my flickr page! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Civil War Replica block 2

cq block 2
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
WHEW!! Sliding into home base here! This is the second block DONE!! Yippee!!! Off they go to Cindy now! I think i've discovered a new technique! Encrusted seams! LOL!! Sheesh....with treatments like this who needs motifs? Enjoy!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Civil War Replica block

cq block 1
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
This is one of two blocks i'm stitching for Cindy Thury Smith. She is recreating a civil war replica quilt to be hung in the LeDuc museum. We weren't allowed to do what i've grown accumstomed to stitching. Motifs were verbotten! LOL!! Soooo......fancy schmancy seams were the end result. Ooopphhh...... some of em have up to 11 passes over them to complete them. The block is not small....15 inches and had to be stitched side to side.... not even any beads!! Or metallic threads..... sigh.... i've gotten spoiled! LOL!! That said, I don't think it needs a heck of a lot more! I think with all the variations ( a HUGE challenge for me),; that the block stands well on its own. I can't wait to see the others AND the finished project! Its gonna be KEWL!!


Friday, April 18, 2008

Fan DYB rr

fan - jo
Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
This is my completed version of Jo's block in our fan dyb rr. Jo wanted the background to be left neutral with all the action on the fan. As I'm finally getting thru my head that I need to develop my own style and love to do little vignette type things, I decided to create a little gardent for her. I stitched up the tree, then did a creek with a little water fall and lots of little flowers. Its so very hard to get a good pic of beading..... Anyway, i'm done on this round and moving onto my next one! Enjoy!

Jewels on black rr

I just finished up my work on Hideko's block for the Jewels on Black rr. I dressed up the fan with some trim and bead work, dyed the lace flowers that were white and darkened the ribbon trim along with spreading out the fan tails. Then I did the blanket of roses and little fan of stitching in the corner. Hopefully Hideko will enjoy this when she gets it home!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Maire's Encrusted Block

Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
I just finished up my portion of Maire's block! Its is definately encrusted! LOL! I didn't have a lot of space left to work with so I branched out and added touches elsewhere as well, such as the beaded roses and forget me nots, the white bead flowers, etc. I beaded a blue bird, pulled yellow roses over to blend with the others on the left....and could NOT stop drooling over the gorgeous work my friend Gerry did with those love birds! They are just wonderful! Enjoy the block, Maire!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Art bra quilt - block

Originally uploaded by Pinyon Creek Stitchin'
Phew! Made it! I finished both blocks for the art bra quilt! The theme this year was butterflies and the colors are yellow, salmon, green, lilac and periwinkle....The silkie is a butterfly fairy flying in the sky with butterfly friends tethered to her! She is soaring as I hope the women who are fighting breast cancer will do. The next picture is a butterfly angel of sorts, freeing the flowers and butterflies as she spreads her wings.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

CQ Promotion! Clarified!

It occurred to me that I was possibly not "specific" enough with my intentions in my original post on CQ Promoters and what I would like to "see" happen with a crazy quilt organization! In my mind, and dreams....hopes....etc. this is a global concern....not just American. We need to step up and let our voices be heard thru our artistically created cquey singing . We need to let people know we ARE the foundation of embroidery, brazilian embroidery, beading, metal work, goldwork, redwork, ad infinitum. ALLLLL is shared thru the medium known as a crazy quilt! It is ALL about expression of self. Of who we are, want to be, want to share. Its about sharing a piece of US......... soooo, please if you live somewhere other than the US, I hope that you will consider joining us at CQ promoters....and furthering our ART!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Ogalala Butterfly Beading

I have a cyber beading bud that shared some directions from a class she had taken. The sample she sent me was for a bracelet, but I took one look at it and knew it would be a neat seam treatment or addition to the art dolls I was doing! SOOO, I jumped in and gave it try! It worked! As can be seen on my "Forest Within" piece. I also decided to put it on a doll I was making for a swap with Judy at Christmas! She fell in love with it and after trying to explain it thru email, I called and talked her thru it! She is now attaching it to everything!! LOL!! She also requested that I do a small tutorial on it, sooo, at long last, i'm getting it done!
The first thing you want to do is lay down a line of stitches on the doll or cabachon or seam. I typically thread 4 beads, go thru the fabric, wrap back up thru the last two beads then proceed in this way, adding 3, back 2, add 3, etc. until I have a line the length that I want. Then you will need to come back up (after securing the last bead underneath) directly next to the bead.

Thread 3 beads onto your thread/needle, skip over the first bead and go thru the second bead. You will then thread 3 more beads, skip over a bead then go thru the 4th bead. Progress in this way, adding 3 beads, skipping one, thru a bead until you have reached the end of the line of beads you laid down. Go under the fabric, secure your stitch and come back up directly next to the last bead. This time you will thread on 5 beads and the go to the middle bead of the 3 (at the top of the hill basically). Then, thread 5 more beads, thru the middle bead on the second batch of 3 beads and so on until you reach the end. At this point you will see a distinct ruffle forming. This stitch can be done with up to 7 beads per "hill", but I tend to stop at 5 as it gives enough fringe for most of my projects! In this last picture you can tell fairly clearly the difference between three and five beads. The face has been wrapped with five and the body is going to be left at three.
I hope you enjoy this stitch! I surely do! If you need any help or further directions, please let me know and I will do my best to help you!