In one of my recent posts I mentioned that I was attending a 'free motion applique' course last weekend. Well, I was wrong.... it was actually a 'free machine embroidery course' and it was great fun!!
We started by setting up the machine for free machine embroidery which was the same as for free motion quilting, ie the feed dogs down and using the darning foot to sew. Then we hooped up some calico fabric using the hoop the other way up than you would for hand embroidery. Then the fun started and we were allowed to 'doodle' a pattern in thread. I tried to draw a flower and some leaves. It was a lot of fun and, the FMQ techniques I have been practising certainly helped with this technique too.
Then we moved on to adding pieces of appliqued fabric to the calico background fabric and drawing around them with thread. (I think this is why I got confused the with technique name, calling it free motion applique!) For my first attempt I used some fabric to create spools of thread and some scissors. I am going to add some buttons by hand to finish off the picture.
The time went really quickly and I was left with just a short amount of time to try another picture, so I made a butterfly. I am very excited to have tried this technique and it has given me the confidence to try a project from a beautiful book that I bought back in 2014 called 'Applique Art: Freehand Machine Embroidered Pictures' by Abigail Mill.
I was given a second copy of this lovely book recently and, as I don't need two copies, I thought it would be nice to have a 'Spring Giveaway'. Just leave me a comment below and you will be entered for a chance to win my spare copy of the book. I will send anywhere worldwide so anyone can enter. I will announce the winner at the beginning of next week.... good luck!!