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#1yearofstitches

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Happy belated New Year to all! This is just a quick blog post to explain the change in my Instagram account this year. I’ve decided to have a change from a 365 photography project (although obviously I will still be taking photos every day!) and do a sewing one instead. I discovered #1yearofstitches Here on brwnpaperbag – it’s a lovely project with all sorts of links to interact with others. There are no real rules, just add a stitch or more to your project everyday and take a photo. My sewing has no plan and will just hopefully evolve. I’ll upload a daily photo to Instagram so I can see it grow. If you are at all creative this is a great project x

If you are interested in sewing you might want to look at a site I host jointly with a friend

Not the norm textiles

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Free Motion Embroidery Part 2

I really do think you can teach yourself most things with the help of you tube videos and a pinterest board. The last few weeks have seen my interest in free motion embroidery grow. I created more flower images based on my photos such as this one here.

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Vase of flowers – free motion embroidery

I based the flowers and poppy seeds on photos and it seemed to work quite well. I decided to see if the same worked with photos of people. As I’m a beginner I’m working on images taken from behind to avoid having to sew faces!  Obviously my first subject was Tommy. My first attempt didn’t work as I forgot to flip the image and his little arm was then on the wrong side.However, undeterred, I tried again!

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I love this as this is often my view of him running ahead whilst I try to keep up. My daughter in law loved it and asked if we could do a family portrait. Trying to keep Tommy in the right position was hard but I loved playing with this.

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It’s now finished a framed! A real sense of achievement from a non sewer.

This is my latest attempt – a picture for my friend of her two granddaughters which has real significance for her.

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So if you want a portrait from behind, preferably wearing a hat! You know where to come x

Free motion embroidery

My knees are creaking, my back hurts and I can’t see the floor in my study but I’m so pleased with the results of my efforts today! I bought a sewing machine at the end of Oct and have been playing! I was fortunate to attend a thread stitching machine course led by Karen Hall at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell I loved the day and came home with a framed picture that I had made – it’s a bit wonky but it really inspired me! Today I’ve taken a photo of a vase of dead flowers (what else) in the kitchen and used it as inspiration for a picture.

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Vase of honesty and poppy heads

I know it’s not perfect but I feel like I have achieved something today x

Printing photographs onto fabric

I had a real eureka moment today when I realised how easy it is to print onto fabric! I’ve used transfer paper but never been happy with the results. Today I used inkjet fabric sheets – £8.95 for 10 A4 sheets and the result is amazing! (The only downside is that they did take quite a while to be delivered)  You can type quotes basically anything you can do on your computer you can print! I used photoshop and tried lots of images on A4 and am so impressed. You just peel of the backing paper and are left with a gorgeous fabric version of your image. I’m dabbling with sewing at the minute and making cards etc. I’m going to have a go at embellishing some of these images later – the flower fields look like they might work.

I’ve also been trying out some more machine embroidery and negative space embroidery – just experimenting! No pattern just making it up x