One of the pleasures that have come from my new job is being introduced Art Works. The organisers and service users are all brilliant to spend time with. Recently, they've been getting ready for an art exhibition and been collaborating with some great artists. David Thomas and Vicki Fong came up with some wonderful portraits, you can see the original here. I decided to have a go and translate some into stitch.
This is the first one and I've definitely learned a lot from it. I've done applique for some of the different elements and used free motion embroidery to add further detail. The background has been quilted with small 'pebbles'. This one has been made up into a small pillow. I'm pleased to say, it's been a great hit with everyone. Now, I need to pick my next subject and apply some of the things I've learned from this one.
You can learn more about the exhibition here and, if you're local to Sheffield, do make the time to visit. There will be some wonderful pieces to see and many will be available to buy.
For a while now, I've been watching an art challenge on Facebook. Every month Robyn of M.R. Art posts a series of photographs, and different artist then share their interpretation. I finally took the plunge this month and had a go and now I'm wondering why it's taken so long.
One of the photos was of a Desert Rose and I was a bit torn as to how to interpret the photo. I toyed with the idea of embroidery but ended up doing appliqué and quilting with a bit of machine embroidery. The mini quilt has hanging tabs on the back so it can go on the wall.
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and can't wait to see what next month's choices will be.
Fibre Arts and Photographs
It was an interesting session this month, and quite varied too. First up, sewing with hessian. This covers just a few tips to make working with hessian easier for you machine, and just general housekeeping tips for your machine.
It was lovely to find out that the video helped a lady and her sewing machine become friends. Hopefully, when the hessian comes out, they'll still be talking to each other.
The next question was about Free Motion Embroidery. I haven't done any for a long time, and, as it's very closely related to Free Motion Quilting, I thoroughly enjoyed having another go. I do hope it will encourage others to just give it a try.
This is done on my normal sewing machine, all I've done is change the foot. Some say you can do this without a foot on your machine, but do be careful with your fingers. My machine didn't like not having a foot on and just chewed up the threads. The important thing to remember, is to make sure your presser foot lever is in the down position, whether you have a foot on or not. Having a doodle cloth is a great idea, just to get your hands used to moving the hoop around.
I did do a tutorial for a fleece backed blanket, but forgot to put it up on the page. I'll share it in a separate post for tomorrow. I do have a challenge for the next session, I'll share it with you next month.
My goal for this year was to try more free motion quilting and I've had my first opportunity to give it a go. With the second of the heart blocks, I've used FMQ for quilting the area around the heart.
I'd forgotten how much more thread is used and had to stop to refill the bobbin. It may not be perfect, but I'm really pleased with the result. The eagle eyed among you may spot there are hearts in the quilting to keep with the theme.
This attempt wasn't too painful, so I need to get some more blocks made to do some more. The thinking cap is on and the cogs are turning.
Create With Loopy
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.