Monday, 29 February 2016
So my first thought, as usual, was free machine embroidery on dissolvable fabric. But I soon realised that was going to take far too much stitching to make it stay together. So I settled on Lutradur, a heat sensitive synthetic fabric.
It might've helped to draw out a design first, but I just improvised with each colour in turn - fun bright rainbow colours rather than subtle realistic ones. For speed it's just straight stitch, four times over each line.
Finally I melted out the design using a fine-tipped heat tool (like a soldering iron).
Monday, 22 February 2016
This didn't start well - no "bronze" fabric or thread. But I did have transfer foil...
I free machine stitched the little shoots on calico, using heat bonding thread on the bobbin. This thread is thick and poorly twisted so I couldn't use it through the needle and had to work from the back.
Then I ironed bronze transfer foil over the stitching, and it stuck nicely to the bonding thread - magic!
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
I used a flower stitcher attachment on my Bernina to make little circles of zigzag (straight stitch didn't show up enough). On black cotton backed with craft Vilene.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
A bit labour-intensive, this week - but that was just what I wanted for the long dark winter evenings.
The tiles are 2cm squares of yellow felt, attached to a (sunny sky) blue loose-weave fabric using the embellisher.
Then, without any planning (gasp) I doodled with hand embroidery in sunshiny shades of pearl cotton and stranded cotton.
It has turned out very sunny and bright, I'm sorry if the photo doesn't show that - it's another grey wet day here and I can't wait any longer for the actual sun!
Monday, 1 February 2016
To emphasise the ribs, I stretched the knitting out a bit and ran the embellisher machine along the grooves to felt and flatten them. If you follow me on Facebook (link on the right) you may have seen how I suffered for my art doing this!
Then I ironed on a scrap of Bondaweb, painted long ago with blue and purple silk paints. Scruffy copper transfer foil was patchily applied to this - I didn't want a solid metallic sheet.
Finally I machine stitched along each groove, and added a little hand embroidery with coppery flower thread and space dyed fine cotton.