Friday, August 5, 2011

Practice practice practice

I spent the afternoon practicing my freemotion stitching.  LobsterFest is going on in Rockland this week and I found a picture on the Fest site that showed the glorious tents used.  In this piece, I tried to show the fog in the harbor and the clarity of the tents.  It did not turn out the way I expected it to (when DOES it?), but it was a really good exercise doing a sketch type of work.

Monday, August 1, 2011

What if....

I am playing with my wool today.  All has been gathered from the rag bag or the local thrift shops and washed in hot water and thrown in the dryer.  What would happen if  I used the wool as the background to free motion on?  The first thing I learned was rayon thread is too thin.  After some trial and error, I settled on a 12weight white sulky for the dandelion and a Superior cotton for the greenery.
In my very best EAE imitation, I freemotioned round pieces of white wool. I do like the end result and plan on making this into a pillow, stuffed with wool graciously donated this spring by Bilbo.

Below is a closeup of the leaves.  I placed tulle on the wool, free stitched the leaves and then cut off the excess.  (as taught in EAE's thread magic book).