When I was asked to review Candy Glendening's new DVD I decided that I would use the opportunity to practice what I learned. It was also a good opportunity to start becoming familiar with my new sewing machine.
So I made a set of thread-sketched postcards. I used Candy's technique of fusing one fabric on top of another for a background, then I picked a few designs and started sewing.
I discovered that my machine does great a free-motion on thick fabrics. With it's automatic height adjustment feature (AHA) I didn't even notice when I accidentally stitched 2 postcards together! I always need to have some postcard blanks for practice stitches and now I have 2.
I used King Tut (40wt cotton) thread so that the stitching would show up really well.
I usually do my edges on the serger but decided to do them on the new machine too. It does a really nice job but I do need to figure out a way to keep the edge aligned straight. The new machine doesn't mind sewing on air at all so even when I got a little wonky it didnt' mind at all.
I didn't want to do the same design over and over so I did 2 of each design. Aren't these fun?
Lest you think I've suddenly developed some artistic skill at drawing, you need to know that all of the designs came from this book. It's one of my favorite design sources.
There are pages and pages of sketched images. The author has several of these design books and you can find them on Amazon by searching his name.
Now I'm thinking that I might create some thread sketched placemats.