I think I have found my passion. A mix of applique followed by free motion machine stitching. I find the applique process somewhat soothing. Sitting and planning colours and types of fabric to use and where to place them.
The challenge for 2019 is to do a 5 x 5 inch piece per month to continue the Made on Monday challenge and I am starting with a series of appliqued pieces with a scenic theme.
The first piece is “Italy 1” and I have sketched a couple of options based on the same theme inspired by a photo from a friend. The following is my sketch for the first piece for 2019.
I then re sketched onto a cotton fabric that I painted last year. The blues were perfect for the ocean background.
The sketched/painted piece was then sandwiched with wadding and a cotton background before I commenced stitching the ocean. I wasn’t happy with the alignment of the balconies, but I can fix that when I applique the bits on.
A little extra stitching with a very pale blue added the shimmer I was wanting.
Now for the applique. This is my favourite bit. I have a stash of coloured bits of fabric from other projects that are already fused with vlisofix. This makes the fabric easier to cut when it has the paper backing still attached. Once I’m happy with the positioning, I remove the paper and iron the fabric onto the background.
Once the bits are in place, I used a permanent marker to create further definition and placements for some of the stitching.
The applique gives definition and colour depending on what you want as a final result. Using the same colouring also minimises the machine stitching required. I am now ready to pick my thread colours and stitch.
I wanted to do more highlight pink stitching to the flowers at the forefront, but the stitching was too think and decided to leave it with just a few.
I also like to take a photo of the back of the work which always amazes me as to how great it looks. This one was no exception.
I’ve already sketched the second version of the same scene, but more about that next time.