Crustacean Creation

It's alive!

It's alive!

Hmm, came across these I stored in a drawer a few months ago.  Must have got a bit excited with my free-form sewing foot and ‘sketched’ out a couple of sea creatures on some crisp, white Irish linen from my stash.  Must do some more of this – I love the fact that the foot allows you to doodle and scribble with your sewing machine, so liberating.

I used some of that dissolvable tracing stuff and a Sharpie to sketch out the design first (has to be insoluble ink or it’ll end up over the fabric when you wash it away) … handy hint if you’re trying it at home:  stretch the fabric over a largeish embroidery hoop before you start (with the hoop upside down if you see what I mean) otherwise the foot will pucker up the fabric.  You might need to remove the foot first to get the hoop underneath.

Grumpy lobster

Grumpy lobster

The more detail you put into the picture, the more effective it is – a bit of shading here and there is a nice touch.

Nice as they are, I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with them … any suggestions (be nice)?  Toying with the idea of a quilt again at the moment so might do a few more and use them as patches.

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