My latest obsession is hand embroidery. I have suddenly gotten on this kick of making these tiny coin purses. Two things I discovered while making these: one, transferring a pattern onto black cloth is not easy, even with a light pad that shines brighter than the sun and two, a thimble is a very necessary thing when stitching through two layers of fabric, a layer of stabilizer, and a layer of padding material. Especially when stitching at a weird angle, like the frames create when attaching them. I broke a needle at the eye at one point. :(
|Not a beauty shot.|
These are mostly prototypes at this point. It's difficult to find a working pattern for the *exact* purse frame you've purchased... there are dozens of sizes and types. Some square, some arched, two inch, three inch, etc. And a lot of "tutorials" out there basically tell you to trace the frame and wing it on the rest. So very helpful (!)
But I do like the amount of time it takes me to make one (if I keep myself in gear and not take an antihistamine nap in the middle of the workday) because I can finish one in about a day. That includes all embroidery prep, turning seams and stitching into the frame.
These little motifs are from the new book "Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection". I like the book for the most part, especially that it includes a CD with all the motifs on it so you don't have to break the spine photocopying it for a transfer, but it's a little difficult to find a motif if you're looking for something specific. It was hard to find the Matryoshka dolls when they're in the "Fairy Tales" section. And I have no idea how to spell it properly, either.
I'm going to be moving away from purchased motifs, however, as I am never comfortable putting out product that has someone else's artwork on it, even if I'm using it for the exact purpose it was intended. This means I have to start yet another sketchbook (what a bummer) and draw my own, if I can find a pencil that hasn't been chewed to splinters by the dog.