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Come Swim with the Fishes

I made some more fish.

I made three bodies and then embroidered the eyes and fins.

Fin-less Blind Fish

I’m still having trouble with the stabilizer scrunching up as I sew but it’s a little better after putting it in the freezer for a while before I start embroidering on it.

Free Motion embroidery fins and eyes on water-soluble stabilizer

Dorsal fins and a new eye

When I started to sew on the  fins , I realized that I had forgotten to embroider the dorsal fins.  I also didn’t like one of set of eyes, so I decided to redo it in a different colour.

Detail of Fish Tail

School of Fish

The tail fin of the green and purple fish was a little floppy so I coated both sides with Acrylic Matte Medium.  When I finished the fish I hung them outside to photograph.

Making Trim and Fabric with a Sewing Machine

I use very narrow trim for my dolls.  It can be  very hard to find trim in the size and colour I need.  I frequently make my own trim using a sewing machine, water soluble stabilizer and thread.

Most sewing machines have a range of stitches that can be used to make a grid of threads that will form the basis of the trim.

On the left of the picture you can see the first stitch I used.  Any stitch that goes from one side to the other will work. You can use a zig zag stitch if  that is all you have.  I then used lines of straight stitches on the each side and  2 rows through the centre of the first row of stitches.

Once the grid was established, I used contrasting thread colours and sewed different decorative stitches over the grid. When I was finished I washed out the water soluble stabilizer and dried the pieces between 2 layers of a cotton towel.

I sometimes also make fabric with the sewing machine.  I did this for Sherry so that the colour of the fabric will exactly match tthe embroidered stump.

This piece is a rectangle but you can make specific shapes that will allow you to make clothes with no seam allowance when you ladder stitch the seams together.

After drawing the shape you want (green line) on water soluble stabilizer, use straight stitches  sewn close together  from one side to the other.

Then turn the piece around and sew straight stitches perpendicular to the first set. When you have finished, wash out the stabilizer and dry your fabric.

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