Wednesday, 1 May 2013

More stitching

Just popping in to say a big thank you for the nice comments you left last time and also for visiting my new Etsy shop. My shop shelves were a little empty by yesterday morning so I've been busy again.

Here are two more pencil cases with applique and a profusion of freestyle machine embroidery. These designs were great fun to create. I'm a constant doodler with pencil and paper and this type of embroidery is very like doodling with stitches which is why I love it.

My 'work-space' is littered with doodles like the ones below. Little dollies with happy smiling faces are scattered on all available surfaces. Yesterday I looked through  hundreds of pages of 'scribble' and reintroduced myself to some of the little characters that had popped off my pencil over the years. When I came across this little cutie I knew she'd be just right for one of my freestyle garden scenes. 

Most sensible people would plan what they were going to do before they started stitching but I tend to launch myself into a project and wait for something to appear. The stitched outline came first of course. Next I had to choose the fabric for the little wristlet bag I planned to make. My Moda jelly roll 'Tropicana Batik'  contains sumptuous colours which I knew would be perfect  for the flowers and butterflies. So out came the dyes and paints and the little scene was tinted in colours to match the fabric.

When fully dry it was time to make the bag. The jewel-like shades of the batik combine really well together and are always a joy to use. 

This is the back of the bag.

So now with a little more stock in my Flutterby Stitch shop I have some clearing up to do before I begin another project. I have a few ideas but I'd better leave that until next time.

As always, thank you for popping in.