Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Following the trend...

Lots of folk are free machining these days!

I saw the idea for this in a crafting mag and thought I would give it a go. Lots of people are doing clever stuff with free machine embroidery at the moment. Marmaladerose has blogged a great tutorial if you fancy having a go.

I copied the idea from the magazine using scraps of fabric and worked the free machine stitching in dark grey thread. I think the idea was meant for a Mothers' Day card.

Then I thought I should do my own thing.

Still room for improvement but I had fun trying. I think it has sort of childlike look to it - well either that or childish look!!

I need to practise a bit more. I have done lots of free machining over the years but you soon get out of practice.

I made this picture of a teazle a year or so ago after a kindly elderly neighbour gave me a guided tour of her garden. She was pleased to give me some of her teazles and I brought them home to photograph and use for my picture.
I printed the photo on silk and then free machined the detail.

I also found some little pendants on Hens Teeth blog. So clever to be able to make such tiny little pictures with the machine.

So- that's what I have been up to.

Now to the award Wipso kindly gave me yesterday.

To accept it you need to take part in a little information sharing

1. Give a top 10 list of the things that makes you happy.

2. Give a top 5 list of trivia about yourself.

3. Share the award with only 5 persons and ask them to do the same thing. :)

4. Link the blogs you choose and link the blog of the person who awarded you.

Well I think I told you my top ten things that make me happy in an earlier award ceremony!

Not wishing to bore you I will move on to 5 trivia items!
1. I used to live next door to a Scunthorpe United footballer.
2. My favourite soft centre is Turkish Delight.
3. I have moles in my garden - yes even in the Winter they tunnel beneath my flower beds!!
4. I have spoken at a London Conference.
5. I make superb brownies.
Now I know I should pass this award on, but we seem to be "award happy" at the mo, so I will save it for a while and spring it on a few kind souls, whose blog looks on the bright side, over the next few weeks.


Wipso said...

Lovely blog sis. Cards are so pretty and much better in real life :-) The thistle you did is one of my favs.
A x

Lynne said...

Clearly you have done this type of stitiching before. They're all lovely. I need to practice my free machining, but I do enjoy it.

Julia Dunnit said...

Gosh they're lovely. Not child like Twiggers - naive!! Very arty. I LOVE the rose form on the second card..very organic and real.

Sam said...

I had no idea free machine embroidery existed. And as for your bookshelves - well, it's the librarian and avid book lover in me!! (sorry!)

Annalisa said...

just noticed your comment on my blog,
so nice of you!Thank you for the visit, I am visiting your blog now and it's so nice!
Lovely work, you're so talented!

Nikki-ann said...

Looks like a great idea and I love what you've done with it :)

Kate said...

Lovely stitching Twiglet, very pretty!

Kate x