Thursday, 21 July 2011


I mentioned that my (long anticipated) freemotion embroidery foot arrived last week :)  I could not wait to try it out!!  After doodling on the kids old school shirts that were destined for the rag-bag, I jumped in to my first little project.  This has been brewing in my mind for a while..  Finally got it out on Sunday :)

I think this might be classed as mixed-media? :)

I cut out a wave shape from cotton fabric - 2 different patterned pieces of fabric (can you see them?)  I used one for the main part of the wave and another for the curling under-part of the wave. 

I positioned the wave on my piece of felt, covered it all with a piece of blue organza and stitched around the outside of the wave.  Then I sniped around the outside of the stitches to remove the excess organza.. and started doodling :)  I covered the raw edges of the organza with tiny swirly movements... indicated movement with lines of stitching... added surf with white cotton thread... tiny little bit of metalic thread for sparkle on top of the wave.

Next I handstitched it to a slightly bigger piece of felt, and added a row of glass seed beeds to the edges of both felt pieces.  Pin back sewn on and a scrap of felt to cover the metal bar.  For fun I embroidered my initials on the back.. then kicked myself because I could of signed it with machine embroidery! lol.. 

I'm happy :)
brooch measures 6cm x 4cm (2.5" x 1.5")

So, there you go.. my first freemotion.. mixed media :) adventure with my new foot! 


Heather Woollove said...

How beautiful, Deborah!! (New toys are such fun, aren't they?)
I think you've got a real talent for seascapes...more, please!! XXO-

Unknown said...

How fun! It's like painting with thread, wool, and fabric!

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks girls :)

Kelly it is fun.. think I need to relax a little more as I freemotin though - my wrists are aching (have just spent 4 hours straight on it though lol

Oh yes Heather, new toys are wonderful! Another seascape coming soon..just needs hanging & photographing. Then a break I think from anything blue :D


Annie and Lyn said...

Beautifully designed brooch - love the double row of seed beads!

Yvette said...

love your blog