From the photo, I was able to simplify the shapes to form the applique patches and layered them up. This was where the panic set in, would the machine embroidery give the right effect? I sent photos at every stage to make sure I was getting what was expected on fabric. I had to allow time in between each stage to evaluate the effect and let my brain process the next stage. Being able to get the eye to stand out and the nose were among the hardest challenges.
Once I'd done the centrepiece, the rest of the cushion was quick and easy to do with some simple quilting. It was time to send it in the post, directly to the recipient. The lady that commissioned it was happy, and in fits and starts I was, but Doubting Dora wasn't far away. I waited and waited to hear how she had been received and finally, yesterday, she started appeared on Facebook followed by this review:
I received my Christmas present from my best friend today and it is a fabulous handmade cushion with an amazing freestyle embroidery and appliqué of my dog! I absolutely love it! It's the most awesome present ever!!
Thank you for doing such an amazing job Jane! It really is will be treasured forever!!
Can you imagine the relief! Would you like to see her?