Category Archives: Free Motion Embroidery

Circles

I finished this doll a little while ago.  She is a version of the Tea Bags doll you can see here.  I didn’t post it as I was busy working on things for the Almonte Fibrefest which was last weekend and Calabogie Artsfest which is coming up on October 15 & 16.

 

Circles Cloth doll

Circles
Cloth doll

 

I named her Circles because her jacket is  a circle and because of the pattern in her dress.  I didn’t have any lace for the bottom of the dress so instead of making an 80 Km round trip to the nearest store I made some using free-motion embroidery and built-in stitches on my sewing machine on water soluble stabilizer. It took longer than the trip to the store but I’m pleased with the result.

Detail of Face

Detail of Face

The face is needle sculpted and painted with chalk pastels.

 

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Fresh as a Daisy

I am busy getting ready for Fibrefest which is September 13 and 14.   I will be participating as part of Go Figure with my friend Edwina Sutherland.

I was planning on making some pin dolls but they weren’t working out as I had hoped, so I started playing around with Photoshop  and ended up doing another fused applique.  It was supposed to be simple and quick and it was until I decided that it needed some hand embroidery.

Summer Daisies

Summer Daisies

 

Bandit

On one of  my recent early morning walks I came face to face with the local fox.  After staring at each other for a few seconds I tried to turn my camera on and get the lens cap off and s/he took off down the road.  The fox turned off down  a  neighbour’s driveway.  By the time I got to the driveway it was gone.  I glanced around and  in another neighbour’s back yard, across the road, was a very large raccoon.  He gave me lots of time to take pictures.

fused applique raccoon

Bandit

This fused applique was much easier to do than my previous ones as it has fewer pieces. The quilting took a little longer as I outlined the background flowers and partially thread painted some of them, following the details in the fabric.

raccoon - detail

Bandit – detail

If the Shoe Fits

Another fused applique wall hanging. This time I followed Roberta Russell’s “About Faces” in A for Artistic‘s Spring 2014 emagazine.

fused applique shoe

If the Shoe Fits

 

Roberta likes shoes so that is what I chose for the subject.

 

 

You Are Being Watched

This fused applique portrait is a bit more complicated than my previous ones.

fabric portrait

You are Being Watched

I used 5 fabrics instead of 4 and there were many more pieces to cut out. There were 19 pieces of the pink and 30 pieces of the yellow fabric.  It felt like I was cutting for days!

Once it was all pieced together I realized that the green fabric wasn’t dark enough so I coloured it using Inktense Blocks and a paintbrush. I left the pattern (gold, red, etc) in the fabric untouched.

I used a photograph that I took of a Golden Eagle at the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, Alberta.

Keeping Watch

I have finished my latest project.

fabric portrait

Keeping Watch

I  described in a previous post (here) how I prepared the pattern from an old photograph.

I dyed the pale green fabric using inks because I couldn’t find the fabric I was sure I had bought to use in this project. (I found the fabric a minute after I finished the piece.)

The hair and background were quilted using free motion embroidery.

Seahorse in a Snow Storm

I think this seahorse must be a little cold.

cloth sculpture seahorse

Sydney Seahorse

It has  snowed for 2 days and now it has  turned to  freezing rain.

I usually use rayon thread to  free motion embroider the fins  but this time I used variegated cotton.

Close-up of seahorse head

Blue Eyed Seahorse

I’m looking forward to seeing some of my family for Christmas.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Embroidered Vases

Another thing that I have been doing in preparation for the show next weekend is making vases.  I have been  making them by  free motion embroidering on water soluble stabilizer.  Then I wash out the stabilizer and sew the pieces together.

embroidered-vases

I  put battery operated tea lights inside.

Three Little Maids

I  made a  centrepiece for a table at the banquet for the Fabri-licious Retreat I mentioned in my last post.

free- motion embroidered centrepiece

There are three cloth heads, painted with chalk pastels.

embroidered-lace-centrepiece

The flower petals and leaves are free-motion embroidery.

Calabogie Lace

I’m up at my cottage in Calabogie with my sewing machine and two spools of thread. One is white, the other black and both are cotton. I also have some water soluble stabilizer. I don’t have my computer, just my iPad. The pictures were taken with the iPad.

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