Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A closer look

Printed muslin - the base layer of the cuff.

The second layer of fabric is a loose weave cotton
I used silk thread on the top and white bobbin thread underneath
The bobbin thread does show a little on the top so next time I'm using matching thread.
Coating both layers of fabric with a diluted fabric stiffner (it smells like regular white glue) and quilting gloves
made it much easier to control when doing the free motion embroidery
I started sewing some  beads on with waxed linen thread - hoping some dust and dirt will stick and give it that been around a while look
however, some garden dirt might be in order
It should be done this weekend.  I'll post some more pictures when it's finished.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

P.S.  To print mulin - iron freezer paper to your fabric and run it thru your printer (old quilting tip)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Where did summer go?

I can't believe it's fall already or that its been WEEKS since my last post.

I've been inspired by Renate to do a sneak peek.
Well, not exactly a peek, it's a full on picture.
There has been some wrist cuff envy going on here so again . . WHY NOT? 

Some vintage seed beads to add around the text
and a crazy closure
then wearing it for awhile to make sure the crazy closure isn't tooo crazy.
The free motion embroidery was a lot of fun and WAY different than anything I've ever done with the sewing machine.
More text and embroidery will  be showing up in the future pieces.

This weekend is my last show for this year.  The weather is supposed to be great AND it's in my hometown.

Hoping you all have a great weekend!