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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label decorative stitches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decorative stitches. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

{lakeside} ~ patchwork bobbin play with decorative stitches ~

hi friends ~

here's a little project i took to the lake and just a little 'happy time' sewing up decorative stitches.  i love these kind of projects.  for one thing, they aren't so bulky, and so they're easy to pack up.  i {only} brought eight spools of shiny, strong and gorgeous100% magnifico polyester thread to choose from... and then my next hardest decision was choosing the type of decorative stitch!  

i love using the bernina #20 open toe foot, and changing the needle position to the far right allows me great visibility and accuracy, as well it's just darn fun... to get really nice placement along the raw edge of the circular motifs:
then i switched to some pretty wonderfil thread i found in one of our quilt store excursions... i believe the spool is about a 12 wt.  perfect... for playing in the bobbin, and i eagerly wound some and then turned my project to the back and let it do it's thing, which amounts to "puttin' on the ritz" if you ask me!  of course, i had already stitched from the front side, so i had a great road map to place the bobbin thread to begin with.  i let the top tension "lose the thread battle" to a certain degree as you can see below - {the outter-most  stitch is the one i'm referring to} and this is a result of setting the top tension at a lower number rather than a higher one, so the bobbin thread {the thick stuff} 'wins the war' so to speak... and i let it because i loved the textural presence of how the tug-o-war changed the look of the stitch pattern.  ain't it cool? {well, i thought so!}  if you don't like that look, then raise the top tension {to a higher number} so the two threads meet in the middle!

and i don't want to forget to mention that i had all of these patchworks stabilized.  that's very important, so the stitches don't warp the surface area of the fabric/patchwork.  this time i chose a fusible fleece from OESD, and it works very nicely, adding a puffy bit from below as well as stabilization for the stitchwork.
it's pretty impressive as a satin-type, decorative stitch.  i love the texture, and the beautiful color it brings to this bright patch of stitchwork.  you can see a bit of it -- the white peeking out from below the top, in the last photo.

the fabric is a hand-dyed piece of velvet i dyed a few summers ago.  precious stuff!  and below are the patchwork pieces... i had brought three each of these two block types.
and that's how to have fun in my book!!

do i know what i'm going to do with them... exactly?!  heck no!  but now that i have them, i'm even more excited to play with figuring it all out!

bless your day!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

ART of the HEART Brooch

  Begin with some white fabric. Batting. Timtex.  
Sandwich them together, and start creating a beautiful expression of art with other colors, strips of fabrics, fibers, decorative stitches, free motion, buttons, beads and glitz! (YES... I love to add beading 'by machine').  You can use the search box and see previous posts on beading!

When finished, cut it up into any shape you like.  I cut this one into a heart shape.  

Finish the edge by couching on fibers and using a zig zag stitch (I like to do it free motion)

  Available in my Etsy shop here.
 I finished the back with a pin, glued on with fabric glue, which has worked really great for me.  General directions were posted here.  Other variations can be seen here. 


Monday, January 31, 2011

Bernina Foot #39; a couching technique

This is a (Bernina) must-have foot for lots of reasons! Most machines will have something similar... Tomorrow, I plan to showcase a project that shows this technique on an entire easy table runner project, utilizing some left-over scraps of silk I was given.  (There's a teaser photo at the end)... YOU too, can creatively apply this easy-to-use and very simple technique on your quilts and garments!  Why should you own this foot?  Here's a few of my reasons:
  • Visibility! 
  • Most folks don't realize/see that it has a small hole in the front of the foot that enables you to load a thick thread (like Razzle Dazzle/Superior or YLI Candlelight and more), and couch it on perfectly, and perfectly centered --- easy!
  • The red marks provide ease for exact placement, especially the middle mark, as the thread will stay aligned in the center position, and so the red middle mark is a wonderful guide in itself, couching or not!
Choose a narrow zig zag; mine in this photo is 1.2mm wide by 2.35 long.  You can adjust as you see fit depending on your type of machine.  Basically it's 1.5mm by 2.5 in length.
In the pic below, you may be able to  see the very tiny zig zag stitch on the thread where it's been stitched and then cut.  To load the thread into the foot, I usually have to wet (lick!) the end of the thread, inserting it into the front, and feeding it to the back of the foot. 
When I couch with a silver thread, I use a white top thread; but this is strictly a personal preference, depending on what look you're going for.  I like several different kinds; choose either a 40 weight white polyester or a 50 weight, such as masterpiece cotton for blending with the silver thread.  I also love this foot for it's clear visibility when it comes to top stitching!   And.. don't forget your needle position adjustment is a great tool to use... (Bernina's have 9-11 different needle positions)... all of which can be moved/adjusted  while you are sewing!
Perfect placement for both techniques is where it really shines! I top stitched the fabric first, using my far left or far right needle position, (and lengthened the stitch too!), aligning  the edge of the foot as it worked for easy placement as a guide.  With it 's clear visibility, it's easy to keep a perfectly straight line, too!  Once all pieces were top stitched, then I switched to the thick (Razzle Dazzle or YLI)  thread, threaded it through the center hole, from front to back, set my zig zag (as mentioned in the dimensions above), center needle position, and stitch!  Watch tomorrow for the full showcase on what the final project looks like!

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