Saturday, 27 August 2011

Scrappy Sea Scene

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I know things have been quiet around here lately, but it has all been going on over on my blue hare blog, some good, some not so good.

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Things are starting to settle down around here and I have lots of things planed for Quilt Routes, but I am
sure you know how hard it can be to get back into the rythmn after a break.

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I find that just diving in and doing anything creative helps even if it is not something you should be doing. It is just nice to do a fun activity and get the creative juices flowing.
When I saw this post from Alisa Burke I knew it was something I wanted to try.

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So using strips of painted fabric and an old canvas not needed any more I did this. 
I covered the canvas in gesso, sticking the strips on whilst the paint was still wet. When dry I made sure everything was secured into place with a couple of coats of artists varnish.
It was so easy to do and very satisfying.
Why don't you give it a try?

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Thinking of Sunflowers

Snuggled in the far corner at the back of the house away from the sea winds I have managed to grow a sunflower. No mean feat I can tell you.

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I have also been thinking of sunflowers in my stitching.

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Using one of my Solitary Sunflower kits I have put together a little wall hanging using up some scraps.


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Here is the original with simple straight line stitching around the edge of the applique shapes, but I wanted to try something different.



Beginning with the leaves....


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I have dropped the feed dogs and put on my darning foot to do some free motion stitching, but I have set the machine to a narrow open zig zag. This is a great stitch to practise free motion because the needle is going from side to side which means it is not running away from you gives you more control.

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I have used a variegated thread and gone around the edges twice.

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Same for the petals.....

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Here are some more sunflower that have been intensively stitched.

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Sunflower applique template pattern available to download here and from my other online shops.
Happy Stitching!

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