Sunday, 26 June 2016

Free Motion Embroidery Part Two

After my posting my last post, I continued experimenting with free motion embroidery. It seemed I just couldn't get enough of it that weekend! I wanted to try something different to objectives and chose people, well specifically women and a vintage theme. I pulled out a few of my fashion reference books and some crafts books for inspiration. A few sketches later and I had three patterns to try. 

Free motion embroidery - 40s house wife

This time, I wanted to see what it would look like with treading tracing part of the picture. I chose the to focus this on the exposed body - face, hands, and legs mainly. I really like how it has come out - it allows the clothing to stand out more. I drew the lines directly on the fabric with a fine pencil. I also experimented with the fabrics used. Stable cotton fabrics work really well for this craft as they are easy to use, keep their shape and aren't too thick. Most of the fabrics are these stable cottons. However the purple boots are thick twill and the plain green is a linen-rayon mix which frays pretty badly. The linen required careful handling but I really like the result. The different texture adds a little more interest to the design. Oh, and the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that the 60s dress is a copy of this make but with sleeves! 

Free motion embroidery - 60s swing

I'm very pleased with how these came out. I felt much more confident guiding the fabric through the machine and I think it shows. There are some pulls lines through the fabric and I must remember to get my extension table out for the next time. I'm planning to turn a couple of them into bookmarks so they can be used rather than just sitting in a folder somewhere. I've yet to decide what to do with the 40s housewife. 

Free motion embroidery - 60s chic

I can't wait to get back to experimenting more. I've mostly been focussing on making clothing at the moment but I'll find a date soon I'm sure! 

21 comments:

  1. I think this work is just lovely, Claire and if you ever set up an etsy shop then I would be delighted to own a bookmark!! I signed up for a Craftsy class to learn more about free motion embroidery and you have inspired me to get on with it!! What a talented sewist you are!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. That's very kind of you and good luck with the class!

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  2. Really lovely. My favourite is the first one! I hope you make something that you can use out of them, bookmarks sound ideal!

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    1. Thanks, Sabs. I agree with the first one - I'm leaning towards framing her.

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  3. These are really lovely Claire. So glad you're enjoying and continuing to experiment with this.

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  4. These are so gorgeous. I would frame them, personally, and like your commenter above, would happily buy them. DoEs your machine need to have specific settings to do these, or is it just a case of dropping the feed dogs and getting the right foot? (And being able to draw, obviously).

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    1. Thanks, Helen. You do need the right foot but after that it's just a case of dropping the feed dogs and getting going. Doodling on a scrap for a while will help.

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  5. really lovely. i would totally put these on my wall!

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I think there will be definitely some on my wall at some point.

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  6. really lovely. i would totally put these on my wall!

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  7. Hi Claire,
    beautiful work ; great sketches
    continue the good work
    Sarina

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    1. Thanks, Sarina. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  8. These are fab Claire , I'd buy one like a shot, great work! x

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  9. These are lovely, the lines are perfect on them. I struggled to do fmq and mine looked like a 2yr olds drawing! Your a natural at it. Lynsey

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    1. Thanks, Lynsey. I'm sure your creations were great!

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  10. Brilliant!! Now I want that green dress in real life!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! I do love those greens together. I'm sure you can draft this pattern...

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  11. Wow this is absolutely amazing! I can't believe this is free motion embroidery, it's beautiful and contains so many gorgeous colours. I absolutely adore the style of them! XxxX

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