First of all .. Happy New Year to you all! Hope 2014 is a good one :)
Before Christmas I mentioned that I had been playing around with machine embroidery.. time to tell you more :)
I had a few weeks thinking I was in imminent need of buying a new sewing machine.. and worrying over which to buy. My poor old sewing machine, which is just a bog standard Brother that only cost me about £50 ten years ago is starting to struggle. I certainly can't grumble.. it's served me well! Then my mom gave me her (very similar) machine as she hasn't used it for years.. this was a lovely surprise! And I had a few days free.. perfect time put the new machine through its' paces and play around a little at the same time :)
First of all I finished sewing my curtains - such a relief to get them finished and hung in time for Christmas! The machine purred like a kitten.. ran smooth as you like.. things were looking good! I altered a skirt with a fairly light fabric, again worked it well.
Next I wanted to do some free motion embroidery.. For absolutely ages I have been wanting to do something inspired by the Bayeaux Tapestry - I LOVE the Bayeaux Tapestry! It's one of my favourite pieces of art! I have a lovely book about the tapestry which shows the whole thing up close and in brilliant detail.. so I picked a couple images and went to work.
I wanted to used machine embroidery to hold appliqué pieces in place, then add detail.
|I photocopied and enlarged the simple boat in the background..|
Figured out each appliqué piece that I would need and used tracing paper to make a template for each
|I lightly needle felted each piece into place before starting to stitch round it|
|Then added detail and texture with freemotion embroidery|
|Next step WORDS.|
This is the script that describes what is happening on that section ..
translates to 'in a great ship crossed the sea'
|After embroidering the words through the tissue paper I carefully|
tear the paper away.
|You can't really see it on the photos.. it looks like a big blank area at the bottom,|
but there are actually lines representing the waves..
|close up - waves|
|Pleased with the text..|
|I rather like the back! I love the faint colours from needle felting it in place along |
with the reverse embroidery
And another, slight/y different, approach. I had used a straight stitch with the boat .. now I used zigzag for the geese. Lightly needlefelting them in place again before starting to stitch.
|I used nuno scraps for these entwined geese.|
Now I have to say.. this machine does not particularly LIKE embroidering! Jumping and jolting.. not smooth at all. So now I think I have to keep both machines till I can buy a new one.. My old machine which embroiders well still, but is a bit dodgy stitching anything heavy weight and can't wind a bobbin anymore. And this one which stitches light and heavier weights and winds bobbins in the blink of an eye.. But is a bugger for embroidering with!
At least the pressure is off, I don't need to rush to buy one.. mom saved the day :)