You may recall that I recently started work on a cushion cover for the rocking chair in my conservatory and, that I had used a new (to me) technique called raw edge applique. Well, I have now added quite a lot of embroidery detail to my cushion cover and it is really starting to look how I want it to.
I have chain stitched all the flower stems, added the word 'Fleurs' (also in chain stitch) and scattered a few french knots here and there. I chain stitched the body and antennae on the butterflies and the stamens in the flowers and then I outlined all the stitching and the applique shapes with running stitch. All the embroidery was done through a layer of batting on the back of the cushion front, so it has quilted the two layers together.
Overall, I am pleased with how it is looking although, I keep feeling that the background is lacking a certain 'je ne sais quoi' . I have tried adding all sorts of extra embroidery including lazy daisy flowers in cream silk thread to try and create a subtle effect and french knots but, I took them all out again as I didn't like them.
Then suddenly, it occurred to me that the perhaps the effect I am looking for could be achieved by some free motion quilting in the background to make the applique stand out more and, I would get to practise my FMQ stitching on a real project.
So far, I have stitched some more little samples of FMQ stippling which are looking quite neat but, I haven't summoned up the courage to stitch it on the actual cushion front yet!! I'll report back here when I have!!
It looks really lovely! I am sure your FMQ will be fine for the background -go for it!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Janet! I have now tried the stippling but it didn't look very good so I'm in the process of unpicking.... not much fun!! But I think I'll try something else instead! :)Delete
Ooh it's gorgeous! I love the 'fleurs' wording. The design stands out beautifully and the delicate design on the fabric really sets off the colours. Tres shabby chic! Alison xxReplyDelete
Thank you very much Alison. I do feel pleased with it so far but I did try the stippling in the background and I didn't like it, so I have just spent all evening picking it out. Tomorrow I am going to try a different background stitch! Thank you for visiting! xxDelete
This is really beautiful Christine and personally I would be a bit nervous of background stippling, thinking it would overpower the subtlety of your lovely delicate work, and I see you've now unpicked - what a task that is!!! How about some cording around the edge of the cushion to finish it off - do you think that would bring it all together?ReplyDelete
I really admire the gorgeous work you've done here and hope you're feeling proud of it - you should be! xoJoy
Thank you Joy... it was a long task unpicking but I have tried a small section of the pebbles and that actually looks very nice, so I am going to try that today. Cording is a very good suggestion but I think that I will just bind the cushion with a fabric that pulls out the colours of the embroidery. I think that will do the trick! Thanks for your help, it is appreciated! xxxDelete