Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
I have a bad case of Spring Fever!
A few days ago, the urge to create something bright and happy struck me!
Here's where I started.
What's that saying about humble beginnings? :)
I drew a very basic flower shape on some freezer paper (I always have a box of it on hand!). I purposefully made the sections large so that I could try out a new technique I've been thinking about.
I traced over my original lines with a thicker pen and labeled all of the sections.
Can you see where I got the name "Paint by Number Applique" from?
Next, I used a pencil and traced the design on to a piece of Sulky Cut-Away Plus.
On to the "painting" part! I used acrylic paint, more Cut-Away Plus, my gelatin plate and some stamps and stencils to make my "fabrics" for the applique.
I used my original paper pattern and traced the shapes on to the appropriate colors.
I cut the shapes out, leaving a little edge to get caught in the seam.
Another awesome thing about using the Cut-Away Plus for this type of applique is that there are no raw edges to turn under like traditional cotton fabric!
Next step? Sew it all down!
I set my machine to make a medium satin stitch and worked layer by layer.
The only exception? The sky layer, I straight stitched on the edges.
Now for the free motion stitching!
I used some Sulky 30 wt cotton threads and my vintage Singer 301 from the 50's for this part.
LOVE that machine!
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I used eight different spools of thread to add dimension and then I finished the edges in a satin stitch.
Here's the finished piece:
I'd love to hear what you think!
Is this technique something you might try?
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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