In my previous post I said that I planned some stippling on the quilt.  I had a few questions about that so I decided to do a small section and write about it.

Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. Such a pattern may occur in nature and these effects are frequently emulated by artists.

When you think of stippling you likely think of this pattern of machine stippling.

Interlocking Stipple KJ-733-9


Stippling on a quilt is any background infill stitchery that flattens the background area to emphasise the main design.  The type pf quilting above could be done by hand and I have seen some beautiful examples.  The stippling I am doing is the way they did it 150 years ago….lots and lots of very close stitches.

I did some of this on the Tree of life quilt.

The idea is to flatten out the area to emphasize the main design

Once I get more of this filled in you will see that it does make the main design stand out more.  I did this small area today but I will finish the main design now and then come back and do the remainder of the stippling.  It is not going be a fast process this 5″ area took almost an hour. You can see my needle in the picture.  It is a #11 John James between, and the thread is YIL .

Happy Quilting


10 thoughts on “Stippling

  1. This looks really good! I have a book by John Flynn that teaches hand quilting stippling and really breaks it down nicely. It really does add alot to your whole cloth.

  2. Regan Martin says:

    I’ve seen this type of stippling on other quilts…..and sometimes it looks very chaotic. Yours is lovely as you echoed the swirl of the feather. Beautiful!

  3. Hilda says:

    That is dedication – but the result is absolutely lovely! Beautiful feathers…sigh

  4. audrey says:

    Wow! That looks incredible!

  5. Laura Gottlieb says:

    Any chance of your putting up a video showing you doing the hand stippling? Your work is fabulous!


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