This piece was a bit of an experiment… I wanted to play with my newly dyed fabric, and with my new Zenspirations embroidery designs (love the USB stick to plug n play!) The embroidery design is the the framed box, and the “Big L” only. (check out my post on the “BLOOM” towel a few weeks ago here)
After I finished the embroidery, I added the letters: “ove” on my own, free motion style. Using the same black thread I embroidered with, which was an Isacord 40 weight polyester, I switched to a zig zag stitch, keeping my needle at a 45 degree angle. I set my zig zag stitch to a width that I felt looked good in relation to the size of the big “L” – about 2.5 inches wide, (feed dogs are still dropped), and using the #29 clear free motion foot, (you want visibility for this!), I began free motion stitching the letters “ove” to finish… extending a little “flair” shall we say… so the zig zag line curves, and flows it’s way all the way through the framed border, which I personally thought looked more attractive than if I was to just stop it at the inside border of the frame.
Why not add a sticker?! I found this clear sticker in my scrapbooking area (which is quite sadly neglected these days)… How I loved doing this! Just “run right over it!” — using of course, a pretty thread in a pinky-green-mango color scheme!!! There’s fibers under it… paint…. all added to lutradur; a kind of newer ‘space-age’ fabric (for lack of a better term!) I’m not sure I know how to describe lutradur… a man-made polyester-type product that can be painted, stamped, cut, sewn, burned… you name it!
This is a shot of the three little squares of lutradur, and further experimentation –I mean embellishment that I added! …further ‘enhanced’ with a my free motion #43 couching foot using a hand-dyed yarn… just for kicks and giggles! Don’t forget to LAUGH!!! (and for practice!)
I added some stamping to one of the little squares… in a bit of white paint, right onto the lutradur. It didn’t come out quite as bold as I was anticipating… but hey, that’s how you learn! (and have fun!)
|“…love binds everything together in perfect harmony” — Colossians 3:14|