Swirls and Sequins

I can now share with you the project that my last sneak peek was for. I made this beautiful picture for my future mother in law, for her birthday last week:


I used the techniques from a recent Embroiderers’ Guild day school with Crazy Mary, and just went to town with the swirls of soft white wool. It is all on a background of off white fabric, with a layer of organza, and then gold machine stitching and hand applied sequins:


I absolutely love it, and luckily Kath does too!

Pink and Purple Waves

I’ve been experimenting recently with my embellisher machine, making gorgeous textured backgrounds for stitch. I love the richness of velvet when combined with fluffy roving, and so I gathered my supplies and started embellishing:


Part way through the embellishing, the back looks interesting too; something to explore in the future:


When the embellishing was done, I set myself up with some music for the afternoon, picked out some lovely thread colours, and started machine sewing:


Using a range of automatic patterns and zigzag stitches, I was pleased with how the machine embroidery came out:


Next I need to do some hand stitching, and work it into a vase – I’ll share it with you when it is finished.