I had lots of fabric scraps already fused to Bondaweb so I used some of them to make these fun houses then free motion stitched them to the background. When I began, I didn’t consider what I might do with them. Maybe a long pouch or a small wall hanging. Each ‘street’ is approx 8 x 5 inches (20 x 13 cm). They’re a bit very rough and ready but I like them.
These were two tote bags I made last year for the Red Cross but they didn’t sell so we put them in a cupboard for a while and last month I added the floral applique. They sold within days of being on display!
Rather than toss away all those oddly shaped fiddly scraps of felt I’ve been keeping, I free-motion appliqued a load of them into what might become something useful another day. I removed the paper from a piece of Madeira Washaway Avalon Fix and pinned it to some calico, adhesive side up, then added the felt scraps in a very random manner.
I was really testing a new embroidery/free-motion/darning/call-it-what-you-will presser foot. I know, I know, I have several more than enough already of these feet but this one had the largest transparent plate that I had ever come across – approximately 2 cm square! And yes, I did my usual tweak of inhibiting the hopping action (which I cannot abide) and then I modified it further by increasing the viewing area with the addition of a piece of yoghurt carton plastic reckoning that this might allow for even teeny tiny pieces of felt to be stitched without being moved or catching on the foot edge which is often what happens. It was reasonably successful. The smallest piece I measured was less than 0.5 cm long.
Here’s the new foot in its original state, then after the hopping tweak, and lastly with the yoghurt carton addition.
I didn’t measure the extra plastic before cutting it and it probably doesn’t need to be quite as large as 8 x 7 cm, and if my centre cutout was a smaller round hole (I had used a paper hole-punch), it would be less likely to lift the points of the smallest pieces when they are not adhered to the ground fabric beforehand. I expect those will be my next tweaks. Honestly, you’d think I had nothing better to do all day.
This sample was for the module on hand stitch appliqué in which we develop patterns. I posted this to the Facebook group page earlier this week but I’ve only just realised that I fused the shapes to the background fabric instead of hand stitching them. Just as well there is no pass or fail for this course! Only one more sample to make before all the modules are complete.
Gosh, this course module class seems to have taken the longest time to do but I’m happy with the end result. Stitches used were back stitch and straight stitch, with buttonhole stitch only to appliqué the red pinafore because the wool cloth frayed badly. I re-stitched all the face in a brown thread, finer than the black I’d used when stitching through the tissue paper (see previous post) and the lighter thread colour and closer stitching enabled me to put in more detail. I have to confess that I’ve given my mother brown eyes here instead of the blue that they really were but if I hadn’t told you, you’d never have known. Call it artist licence. Size is approx 12 x 17 cm. I’m off now to write up my notes for this module, put this little portrait with my other samples, and then have a look to see what’s next on Sue Stone’s online course which is almost at an end!
After six weeks blog silence I’m happy to be able to post about my stitching adventures once again.
The latest module for Sue Stone’s online course that I’m doing is about bringing to life the previous hand-stitched images we made with the addition of appliqué and further stitching. I wanted to keep my original image sample just as it is and instead chose the photograph of my mother that I’d used as the basis for the portrait quilt I made in 2015. (The quilt was made with the image in reverse.)
Sue gives suggestions on how to indicate hair using simple stitches but I was having difficulties interpreting her method for my photo even after several trial pieces so I opted for a sort of raised embroidery/stumpwork/appliqué combo, lightly padding some loosely woven crinkly fabric with strands of knitting yarn to indicate volume and then over-stitching with three different coloured strands of sewing machine thread in the needle to imitate the highlights of the hair. I will probably re-stitch the facial features at a later stage but the next thing to do is add appliqué for the clothes and background and embellish those with more hand stitching.
I just remembered that I hadn’t posted about the second batch of zippered pouches I made and I imagine you’ve all been desperate to see them (as if). I haven’t boxed the corners this time apart from the one that has “top” on one side and “bottom” on the other.