Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Coming from Texas, Fall didn't always feel like Fall. Leaves don't always change color and if they do, it may not be until Christmas! If you have ever lived there, or have relatives that do,
you'll know exactly what I mean!
Up here, in Colorado, it's a whole different story:
Not too long ago, I did some basic thread sketching.
I grabbed what I had on hand to use as a base, (a double layer of Sulky Cut-Away Plus),
a pencil, some Sulky threads and got to it.
I definitely didn't over think it.
That's the key here.
Don't. Over. Think. It.
First, I sketched some mountain outlines with my pencil.
Next, I started free motion stitching. Nothing fancy. Just back and forth across the square.
I started with a darker blue Blendable for the center mountain.
(Objects that are closer, always appear darker.)
Then I stitched the other two mountains in a lighter, more purple, Blendable shade.
I was envisioning a brilliant sunset over the mountains, so I stitched with a bright yellow Blendable
right over the mountain tops. Gradually, I layered in some oranges and reds.
You'll notice that I didn't stitch in perfectly straight lines and that there are some gaps.
That really was on purpose!
I wanted it to be difficult to tell where one thread stopped and another started.
I finished it off with a dark red Blendable and a solid charcoal black.
I decided not to do any outlining and to just let the colors do the work.
In total, it probably took me about 20-30 minutes and measures approximately 3 x 3".
It's a little rough, but I like it.
Every time I sit down and stitch, even if it's just for a few minutes,
time slows down, and I learn something!
Never. Stop. Learning.
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?
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