Wednesday, 17 December 2014

What the Elves left behind....

Teeny tiny shoes that may have been made by Elves.

Stitched onto cotton organdie, embellished with free machine embroidery using lustrous viscose thread and metallic beads. The shoes were carefully assembled with tiny blanket stitches.

Oh the joy of a new sewing machine!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

In stitches

You wouldn't believe how happy this simple star makes me!  Not the star itself, not the fact that we are in the season of advent but the act of doing embroidery with my new sewing machine is just a joy!

For those of you who know me, I have been vascillating over a new machine for years.  I have been put off by the endless choice and complicated functions of new machines and concerned that I would loose control of the creative process.  My old trusty workhorse was repaired in the summer but when it came back it was unable to do free embroidery.  I didn't feel too disloyal when I started to look at new alternatives.  

My quest took me to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate and with the support of my friend Melanie I plucked up the courage to go to the stands selling sewing machines.  I was horrified to watch machines churning out computer designed patterns with no human input.  What was the fun (or creativity) in that?  Thankfully the staff on the Janome stand were extremely helpful and in next-to-no-time I was sat in front of their new DKS-100 machine.  Decision made, my new machine was delivered last week, albeit delayed by the thick fog and by the weekend I was happy stitching.

Simple patterns using variegated viscose thread was impossible on my old machine.  I'm buzzing with all the ideas for new things to try..... happy sewing.