Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Creative Space

Cushion 004

I have finished the embroider from last week because I loved doing it so much. I used back stitch for the hair as there was so much of it, stem stitch for the rest and french knots for the eyes and nose, just because I was feeling a little fancy. It is a great start for beginners as kids sketches are so forgiving. To get the outline on the fabric I used an iron-on transfer pencil to trace over the original on tracing paper and then ironed the tracing paper on to the fabric. This outline is your stitching line, it is that easy. These are the fabrics I am thinking of using for the cushion.

Cushion 002

This it the fabric for Poppy’s quilt that was bought last year and can’t wait to get started but I am paralysed with choice as to what pattern to do. The original plan was to do the same as Caleb, but I want to do something more ‘complicated’. I have printed the outline off to colour in with pencils to see if it is going to be too much.

Thanks too for the lovely feedback on yesterday’s dress. I found a good tutorial here if you want to get shirring. It is really easy and effective. My sewing machine doesn’t like the bobbin elastic so I have to pull mine through manually, not quite so fun. A good steam iron over it when your finished tightens it all up beautifully too.

More creative stuff at Kirst’s house!

19 comments:

Mel said...

Wow that stitching looks great Cindy! And I love the picture of course. Now quilts - I just bought Rita's (Red Pepper Quilts) pattern for her "Georgia Quilt" and plan FINALLY on making a quilt for my girl for her 5th birthday (in May ... can I do it?). Not sure if that's complicated enough for you though but check it out if you haven't already ;)

Kylie said...

I love this design! So much fun and your stitching look fantastic :) K

One Flew Over said...

So sweet Cindy, it will be much loved.

Kate said...

Your stitched person is fantasic! What a great thing to do. And I LOVE yesterday's dress. You must be thrilled. X

Andi said...

Your embroidery is so gorgeous!!
Looking forward to seeing Poppy's quilt develop.
Andi x

Tania said...

Man I love kid art! Bottle Caleb's talent now! And your stitchery is perfection.

Kirsty said...

Sensational collaboration between you & the little guy.

Gina said...

Loving the embroidery, it looks so neat, I really must get around to doing my little man's drawing. Perhaps for fathers' day. September right?!

Love the quilt fabrics. Yikes that layout does look complex. Are you working to a pattern? Are there special cutting techniques? I find patchwork all very mysterious still...

Michelle said...

The stitching looks fantastic, what a great idea. Yesterday's dress is awesome - well done you!

teddybearswednesday said...

I love your stiched guy! He's wonderful, and the stitching looks great too.
I'm glad you are making another quilt too, and I really like those fabrics.

Jetta's Nest said...

Amazing embroidery, very inspiring! I'm definately going to give this a shot for my little guy.

Sam

Pippi creates said...

The embroidery came out looking fantastic - its almost an exact replica of the model isn't it?!

Good luck with choosing the matching fabric, I think one of the ones with red it in goes best.

Penny said...

The embroidery is sooooo cute!!!!

Nikki Cardigan said...

There is something magical about kid's drawings.

zoesquid said...

Thanks for the shirring link.
Must give it a try. Love the embroidery too

sophie said...

How gorgeous Cindy, it looks fantastic! maybe you can give me a little embroider lesson when I see you in May?

Aussie-waffler said...

That is such a cute stitched face Cindy and I can't believe you just whipped up a dress..you know, just like that. So clever.

Sally said...

You guys are one talented mother and son team!!!

BTW - I'm totally envious of how great your stem stitch looks.

Phiphi said...

Very cute embroidery..:) and the fabrics are beautiful too. can't wait to see the end result